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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?”
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 24, 2019
It seems 24/96 is the current version of de facto high-resolution file handling when it comes to wireless fidelity and Bowers & Wilkins along with the likes of KEF are just fine with that. I am too.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 02, 2015
In addition to the NY Post and Gizmodo, Ars Technica has weighed in on Pono as has David Pogue of Yahoo. The verdict? People can't really tell the difference between high res files and lower resolutions, some people prefer the iPhone, and generally high res audio is a bunch of snake oil. Just ask Monty and buy yourself a better pair of headphones. You'll find these same sentiments expressed on forums, in the comments section of the aforementioned articles, and even within our own small world of hi-fi enthusiasts. People just can't seem to agree on Pono and high res audio which is odd since we all agree on everything else, especially when it comes to science. Just look at climate change for one easy example.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 03, 2018
I had calls to make, people to connect with about helping me shape coverage here. Really cool people.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 12, 2017
image credit: OraStream

From the press release:

Singapore (Newswire) April 12th, 2017 – OraStream Private Limited launches BRIO by OraStream ("BRIO"), a next-generation consumer music streaming server.

BRIO is a novel personal music server for consumers to stream music at native resolution. It lets users stream 16 bit/44kHz up to 24 bit/192kHz resolution audio, which delivers all the digital information to bring true musical reproduction.

Did I hear someone ask for hi-res streaming without the "special sauce" (see: Neil Young back in his Pono days)?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 18, 2013
photo credit: Bruce Brown

DSD was the word on many lips at the recent Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (see my Show Report). DSD also appears to be the thorn is some audiophile's sides but exactly why that's the case is beyond me since adding DSD to your playback chain is simply that—an addition. In any event, for DSDers, Bruce Brown (see our Q&A) has posted a DSD Battle Royale! consisting of master tape transfers from a modified Studer A80RC MkII through a Doshi tape preamp converted to DSD using five different A/D converters.

For the first time anywhere, I have assembled the best of the best. For the Wilson Audiophile downloads, we did tape transfers though 5 different converters and let the Wilsons listen blindly to the files. Like Daryl said, the differences are not subtle. Now you, the consumer, can decide for yourself.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 01, 2015
While I typically don't regurgitate press releases, I do enjoy hearing about improvements to existing products that deliver sonic rewards. From the Bryston Integrated Audio Device (IAD) press release:
“There were several important factors that led us to develop the IAD,” reported Bryston VP James Tanner. “We were confident that by eliminating three connection points, hand selecting and testing all of the components and shifting to our meticulous in-house manufacturing that we could improve transient capability while enhancing low resolution detail,” Tanner added. The Bryston IAD is also directly powered by the BDP-2’s premium quality linear power supply rather than by a power source shared with the motherboard.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 23, 2014
If you go to one of Buffalo Technology's EU sites, you'll see they're touting the ability of their LinkStation NAS to send DSD over DLNA:
Buffalo’s LinkStations’ DSD playback works with both DSD-native and DSD over PCM devices for Universal Plug-n-Play*.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 02, 2020
Modern software and hardware handshakes have a firm grip in hi-fi as manufacturers like Cambridge Audio continue to recognize the importance of Roon Labs as the music player of choice for streaming cloud-based digital audio or accessing local-area high-resolution files.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 28, 2019
With a fair number of the world’s news junkies tuned-in to the political machinations playing out in Washington D.C., Capital AudioFest 2019 should be a welcome respite from the 24-hour-a-day news cycle of the latest on U.S. presidential impeachment proceedings for audiophiles in the D.C. and Maryland areas.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 02, 2012
CES is just a week and a day away. With only 1,028 exhibitors listed in the "Audio" category and four days to cover the show, I should have no problem getting to every room. That's roughly 1.5 minutes in each room (on average) leaving over an hour each day leeway. No sweat!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 02, 2014
The Big Show. The really, really, big show that is CES begins Tuesday, January 7, 2014 and runs through Friday, January 10. I'll be covering all things computer audio with a keen eye towards that which is new. With the recent proliferation of shows, it will be interesting to see how many companies have saved their product launches for CES 2014. My guess is a lot.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 27, 2016
One week from tomorrow I board a cozy people mover en-route to Las Vegas, Nevada and the hi-end orgy that is CES. The BIG question on every show goer's mind this year—Is less really more?

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