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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 17, 2013
I think its fair to say that Charlie Hansen, Ayre's Founder and Designer, is not exactly a fan of DSD. Thankfully, that didn't stop him from offering DSD-capable versions of Ayre's QB-9, DX-5-DSD, and now the QA-9 thanks to AlpineSoft's VinylStudio DoP vinyl ripping software. What the guys at Ayre have gone and done is ripped parts of three tracks to single-rate DSD and 24/192 using the QA-9 so we can compare DSD to PCM. But there's more...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 25, 2014
Coming soon to a streamer near you from infamous Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is his new lossless streaming service Baboom that promises to connect artists and fans. If you ever needed a sign that streaming services could be a sketchy business, here's a big one. With two recent articles decrying the future of streaming services, one on Fox Business News The Future of Streaming Music Rests with Congress and The music industry is still screwed: Why Spotify, Amazon and iTunes can’t save musical artists from Salon, we have all kinds of people tolling streaming's potential death knell while companies like YouTube, Google, and Amazon double down in the streaming game. These are confusing times, indeed.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 11, 2015
image credit: Bandcamp

Bandcamp, which was founded in 2008 by Ethan Diamond and Shawn Grunberger, reported it has paid out $100 million to artists selling music on the Bandcamp site.

Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 17, 2018
When a company as serious about music reproduction as the UK’s dCS (data Conversion Systems) sets out to replace one of their most popular and long-lasting DACs there is no room for error.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 02, 2012
From the Press Release:
Santa Monica, CA—Monday, July 2, 2012—Beats Electronics LLC, the company co-founded by legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre with Interscope, Geffen, A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, announced today it has agreed to acquire the award winning on-demand digital music service MOG.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 22, 2018
When Bel Canto’s Michael McCormick reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their freshest-of-the-fresh e.One Stream ($1,599 USD MSRP) I was ecstatic and within a couple weeks I had a production unit land on my doorstep.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 23, 2014
BitPerfect have announced they will be rolling out a DSD-capable version of their media player software for OSX (which still costs $9.99). Since BitPerfect uses iTunes as its library manager, and iTunes as we know does not support DSD, they've come up with an interesting work-around for this sticky situation. Unlike Pure Music and Audirvana which create proxy files within iTunes that point to the DSD file so your DSD music shows up in your iTunes library, BitPerfect have come up with a clever alternative:
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 20, 2018
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of those completely made-up events – the unicorns of shopping discounts if you will – for online or bricks-and-mortar sales to whip the populace into a consumer buying frenzy a good month before Christmas blitzing really hits your pocketbook.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 27, 2013
In another sign of the increasing popularity of high resolutions downloads, Bleep has created a special 24-Bit section on their website. While this may not seem like much, I view this as a good indication that the search for better quality music downloads is starting to bubble to the surface of even non-audiophile music sites. Now we just need some DSD titles of popular music to show up on the download scene and I'll be dancin' in the streets.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 24, 2014
Bluesound has upped its streaming real estate value with the addition of Spotify Connect:
Pickering, Ontario, June 24, 2014 — Bluesound, the first wireless digital multi-room system to fully support High Res Audio, is pleased to introduce Spotify Connect to its expanding collection of digital music services. With the upcoming software release, Bluesound owners all over the world can now enjoy Spotify’s new home audio experience with simple hassle-free music control and instant access to Spotify’s curated playlists, personalized radio, and vast catalogue of music in any room of the house. Spotify Connect can also be streamed to multiple Bluesound Players simultaneously in the home, making for an even richer multi-room audio experience.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 26, 2015
Bluesound Gen 2 family portrait (models starting at $299). All photo credit: Bluesound

I missed yesterday's Bluesound press event which I was very much looking forward to (remnants of food poisoning made the trip to NYC daunting). If you remember back to when we were first introduced to Bluesound (see Intro), the company sits under the Lenbrook Industries Limited umbrella along with NAD and PSB whose knowledge and technology helped build the Bluesound line. I was very impressed with every Bluesound piece of kit I reviewed back in 2014, so I was very excited to hear about Gen 2. Here's the scoop from Bluesound:

New York, NY, August 25, 2015 – Bluesound, the first wireless digital multi-room music system to fully support high-resolution audio, today unveiled Gen 2, an all-new platform that represents a reinvention of virtually every aspect of the product’s design and performance. Bluesound’s new line-up of multi-room wireless streaming digital music players, along with two entirely new models, features a fresh, compact industrial design, enhanced features and reengineered performance across the board.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 01, 2016
From the press release:
TORONTO, Canada – June 1, 2016 – Bluesound, a leading manufacturer of wireless multi-room music systems, announced today that MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) music will be supported for wireless streaming on all Bluesound Players starting June 1, 2016. MQA has been heard on Bluesound by thousands, with successful listening demonstrations in major cities around the world. Now, Bluesound and MQA are excited for consumers to experience the magic of original studio recordings in the home.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 18, 2013
the VAULT. Photo credit: Bluesound

Newcomer Bluesound held a press event yesterday at 60 Thompson Hotel in Soho (nice!). Along with other members of the press, John Banks, Bluesound's Chief Brand Officer, and Tony Williamson, Product Support Manager, introduced us to the Bluesound brand and products. For some sense of their place within the world of hi-fi, Bluesound is owned by the same parent company, Lenbrook Industries Limited, that owns NAD and PSB and they've leveraged this family of businesses in the design of their products.

Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 01, 2019
Bringing in a cutting-edge design at a price that could loop in those new to digital audio, but who are looking for serious sonic-return-on-investment, isn’t something, I imagine, the Colorado-based Boulder Amplifiers would take lightly.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 16, 2019
I sent the picture opening this article to my father and he responded right away with, “When did you get the B&Ws?”

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