LATEST ADDITIONS

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 06, 2011
As if to say "Take That!", a few days after my Nirvana Nevermind post, I received an email from David Chesky of HD Tracks which eventually led to a complimentary download of Ella Fitzgerald's Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! ($24.98). I had two choices, 96kHz/24bit and 192kHz/24bit and I opted for the latter. I figured it would be fun comparing it to my old Verve LP of the same title.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 03, 2011
OK. Back in the hotel, showered. Our power company said, "We expect to have 95% of customers in your area to have power by the end of Thursday and the remaining 5% by Friday night." Guess what? Looks like we're in the top 5%!

Here's what's in-house and on deck—the Halide Design DAC HD, a pair of Paradigm "Shift" A2 powered desktop speakers, Bel Canto DAC1.5, NAD C 446 Digital Media Tuner, some new goodies from Musical Fidelity, NAD DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analogue Converter and more and more on the way!

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 02, 2011
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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 02, 2011
This pocket-size (5.6" by 2.2" by 1.4"), 9.5-oz, Bluetooth-enabled powered stereo speaker with “subwoofer” is guaranteed to blow your mind. Even the usually deaf gadget writers for mainstream publications—the guys who go gaga for Bose—sat up and took notice when they heard the original foxL a few years ago. The Soundmatters publicist waited for the Platinum version to be released before contacting me for a possible review. I’ll take that as a compliment.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 01, 2011
Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo

Six inches of snow more or less doesn't sound like anything to talk about. But in October in NJ when the trees are still ripe with multicolored leaves and power lines weave in and out of their branches for nearly every mile of the town you live in and then some, it spells outage. We lost power on Saturday at around 6pm and our local power company expects to have it back "by Thursday or Friday".

So here I sit in a lovely hotel room looking out over the closed pool with not a drop of snow in site. I plan to take a long shower, get some warm dinner (and cold beer) and get back to AudioStream(ing) soon. Sorry for the lull.

If you haven't seen Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo I cannot recommend it highly enough. It tells the tale of a man obsessed with music and bringing his beloved opera to an isolated Peruvian village. During these few days of silence, I see the genius in owning a mechanical Victrolla for those times when we need music's warming embrace and have nothing more to power it than desire.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 28, 2011
I may have to request a review sample. After all it is computer audio, isn't it. The Numi toilet comes with a built-in iPod/iPhone doc, speakers (yes, speakers too), pre-programmed audio (The Minutemen's greatest hits?), eq, motion sensor activated auto lid opener, 6 user presets so the Numi can remember your preferences including music-of-choice, heated seat and foot warmer, and much much more. At $6,400 the Kohler Numi is clearly targeting those who have more than they need. Oh and the Numi automatically close the toilet lid which may end up saving in marriage counseling costs.

"The luxury toilet market is coming back very strong in other parts of the world." said Kohler's president and CEO David Kohler.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 28, 2011
"The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) is a lossless audio codec developed by Apple and deployed on all of it's platforms and devices for some years now. Apple is making the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) available as an open source project." MAC OS Forge
If this was a chess game, I'd be keeping my eye on Apple's Queen who appears to be positioned to finally offer 24 bit downloads through the iTunes Store. As it stands with ALAC going Open Source, music download sites can now offer high definition music in an iTunes and iOS device compatible format. No more converting FLAC to MAC-happy formats.

How big is this news? It depends. But I envision a room within Apple HQ with nothing in it but a big switch labelled "ON".

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 27, 2011
I have a bunch of confessions to make the first being I used to frown on docks in amps. I viewed them as a blemish on the face of serious listening, an affront to our finer sensibilities. This impulse to look at things that make life easier with scorn (screw caps, auto-focus, stretch-waist jeans [actually, they deserve our scorn]) as we age is something we need to fight with all the force our gray hairs and beer bellies (I'm not saying you have one but I know I do) can muster. Listening to music is supposed to be fun, dammit!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 26, 2011
The idea of high resolution downloads continues to be a thorny issue. With the release of the remastered 24/96 version of Nirvana's Nevermind, some consumers expressed outrage over the amount of dynamic compression apparently employed during the remastering process.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 26, 2011
Hello Michael,

I'm very enthusiastic to see a site dedicated to computer audio. One thing would help immensely is to see an article clearly explaining what happens when file bit rate doesn't match either USB or Dac bitrate.

Take a file at 24/192hz, via USB 1.0 into a 96hz Dac? What happens? When are files upsampled? When are files downsampled? What is the file bitrate? What is the USB bitrate? What is the coming Dac bitrate? And what is the Dac output bitrate?

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