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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 10, 2016
2TB + NAS
The Aurender N100H houses 2TBs of internal storage while also offering the ability to play music from network attached storage (NAS) and USB storage. In addition to developing their own iOS Condutor app for remote control, Aurender also offers their free AMM (Aurender Media Manager) software for Mac and PC which essentially reads the contents of attached storage making it available in the Aurender app as if it was stored internally, metadata and all. This is a huge improvement over older versions where external storage was only available via Folder view. Since the N100H caches both locally-stored and NAS-based music in its 120GB solid-state drive (SSD) prior to playback, you can outgrow those 2TBs without performance concerns.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 10, 2016
Sonos CEO and cofounder John MacFarlane announced in a blog post that the company is shedding some employees and focusing on paid streaming services, what they consider to be the future of music delivery, coupled with Amazon Echo-like voice recognition/control.

From the blog post:

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 10, 2016
The short story: the original Montreal show organizers, Michel Plante and Sarah Tremblay, along with industry members have created a non-profit organization and have taken over the renamed Montréal Salon Audio / Audio Fest which is back on schedule, opening as planned on March 18th. Here's the press release:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 09, 2016
From today's press release:
It is with considerable sadness that we have to inform you that it has been decided to defer this year’s Salon Son & Image Show/Montreal Audio Show due to take place at the Bonaventure Hotel on the 18 – 20 March 2016.

The deciding factor has been market support, with a substantial drop in companies wanting to support this long established event.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 09, 2016
Some people are interested in just the facts, just the measured performance of their hi-fi gear so they can be assured the sound they hear is as accurate as possible. Some suggest that there is a direct correlation between accuracy and enjoyment and if you feel comfortable and reassured with this approach, I've got the perfect hi-fi for you.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 08, 2016
Here's a list of some of the sites I frequent when looking to buy music downloads. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 07, 2016
Since my musical tastes are all over the map, it's only fitting that my list would reflect that. I've been very impressed by the diversity of tastes so far in the Lovely Recordings column and have felt compelled to contribute my own list. In keeping with the spirit of discovery, I hope everyone will find something new here to enjoy.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 04, 2016
Here's the skinny on my intro to Jesu/Sun Kil Moon (Rough Trade, 2016); I read that in the song "Exodus", Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek talks about Nick Cave losing his son in that tragic accident. I'd been thinking about Nick Cave, the father, so I couldn't help but run my fingers over to Tidal where they tapped in my request to play the entire album. Tidal obliged.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 03, 2016
Rendu
Streaming your NAS-based music from storage to speakers requires a device that sits in between. The requirements for this device are twofold; it needs to recognize your network attached storage (NAS) and make it available to another device, typically iOS or Android, which acts as your remote control for playback. In UPnP parlance, which I find as clear and easy to remember as Latin, and I never studied Latin, we're talking about a renderer and a control point. The Sonore Signature Series Rendu is, as its name suggests, a renderer whose job it is to serve up your network attached music. It'll also stream from Tidal as you'll learn about below.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 02, 2016
How's that for click bait? Here's the original title of the article from The Vinyl Factory website I'm referring to, "The Dangers Of Digital: Brian Eno On Technology And Modern Music". That's even more intriguing, no?

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