Michael Lavorgna  |  May 24, 2017  |  1 comments
Leo (projected $5,000) is 560 Watts of Class D power, a 6.5-inch woofer, 2.5-inch midrange, and 0.75-inch tweeter for each channel, an MQA-enabled Roon Ready endpoint (24/192-capable), includes a MC/MM phono stage or analog input, a 24/96-capable Toslink input, and Chromecast/AirPlay/Bluetooth support into its angular (and nearly impossible to photograph in black but also comes in silver) 21.5 x 14.8 x 7.1 inch, 30 pound body. Leo can be stereo-paired.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 24, 2017  |  0 comments
Color! That, is a stack of CAD Ground Control GC1s ($1850/each). From the company:
Over the past 10+ years the amount of high frequency noise on our Mains power has increased dramatically due to the use of computers, routers, modems, wifi, switch mode power supplies, etc. The high frequency noise that is generated within our audio systems has also increased: DACs, Servers, Computers, NAS drives, Routers, WiFi, etc. are all connected directly to our audio systems.

CAD believes that one of the key reasons so many digital audio products “sound digital” is due to this high frequency noise.

What to do. CAD Ground Control to the rescue:
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 23, 2017  |  1 comments
At €399.00, the new Dali Katch is a cute yet not inexpensive portable battery-powered Bluetooth (apt-X) speaker wrapped in aluminum and topped off with a leather handle that also includes an analog input, USB charge port so you can keep your phone juiced on the go, two " Audio Profiles" ('Clear' and 'Warm'), a place to stick your Chromecast dongle, 24-hour battery life, and stereo pairing for the well-heeled looking for stereo separation. But what about that price? How many people are really going to fork out 400 smackers for a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker, let alone double that for two?
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 21, 2017  |  5 comments
an angelic (looking) Rob Darling with Nucleus

That's right—Roon will soon be shipping two Roon servers; Nucleus and Nucleus+. Here are the specs:

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 20, 2017  |  2 comments
The first wave of jet lag washed over me, turning my view into a fun house mirror when I entered the Estelon room to hear their new Lynx more-than-a-speaker. So it did not help my 'condition' when the black driver column of the Lynx started to descend into the embrace of the white cloak below.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Pictured is the dCS Rossini Player, which received a favorable review from John Atkinson in Stereophile, just received a firmware update making it MQA-enabled. John Quick, General Manager at dCS Americas Inc., played some wonderful tunes, as usual, and the dCS/D'Agostino/Wilson system sounded superb, as usual. We then did a comparison between Ray Charles and Milt Jackson's "So Long Blues" from Soul Brothers; non-MQA vs. MQA.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 18, 2017  |  8 comments
I took a photo of my AudioQuest DragonFly Red before and after the MQA update ($free) so you can experience the change and not have to rely on what I have to say about it. Above is the before photo. Here's after:
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 16, 2017  |  13 comments
"Take 'em to the bridge"—James Brown, "Sex Machine"
Can a piece of hi-fi be a sex machine?
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 16, 2017  |  13 comments
Later today I board a flight which will get me to Munich tomorrow. Wednesday, according to my schedule, is art day, the exact destination unknown; I enjoy heading to Kunstareal and seeing what's up my alley. I view this day as my sensory awareness pre-show check-in.