John Darko  |  Aug 09, 2017
Where did it start? Not my love of music. Nor my pursuit of making it sound as good as possible with increasingly better hardware. Rather, at what point did I first sit-up and take notice that digital audio wasn't simply digital audio: perfect sound; forever; and for everyone?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 09, 2017
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the man cave...
Stephen Mejias  |  Aug 08, 2017
Photo: Stephen Mejias. Design: Todd Steponick, Nice Looking Designs

Track 16

How we listen goes hand in hand with how we live. For that reason alone, the act of listening to music through a hi-fi represents a certain lifestyle, and the products used to pursue that particular pleasure can be described as lifestyle products.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 07, 2017
It's easy for classical music listeners like me to fall into a rut and listen to the same familiar pieces in multiple different performances. While it's true that there is always something new to find in the old chestnuts like Beethoven's Ninth, why not stretch your ears? So here are three recordings of music that I found exciting and fascinating, plus one fine recording of familiar Chopin played by an artist new to me.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 04, 2017
Lately I've been selling old things, buying new old things, and organizing the barn. This happens to be some of my favorite things to do. In so doing, I need appropriate music for the doing process as well as the aftermath. The peaceful part.
Joe Surdna  |  Aug 03, 2017
The dog days are upon us but there’s no rest here at Audiostream. For August we have quite a line up of eclectic and stunning tunes for you. Some Mississippi blues, minimalist classical, indie rock, ambient techno, ethiopiyawi electronic, feral rock, folkatronic, motorik kraut, hip hop, proto-post rock, experimental, afro-latin-world and perhaps controversially, plunderphonics. So let the sleeping dogs lie, make some cold-brew coffee, fire up the DAC, and get ready for some great music.
Steven Plaskin  |  Aug 03, 2017
The sMS-200ultra Mini Network Player
The Korean audio manufacturer SOtM (Soul of the Music™) has added a new mini network player to their stable of audio devices called the sMS-200ultra. Now some of you are going to ask just how the sMS-200ultra differs from the sMS-200 that I recently reviewed here at AudioStream...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 02, 2017
In their review of the Bluesound Pulse 2 and Pulse Flex, Wired concludes with their Rating:
6/10—Strong audio and design, but the speakers are remarkably challenging to get going.