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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 31, 2014
As you can see, the Pono Kickstarter campaign is in full swing, raising over $5M at its half way mark from over 15,000 backers. Not bad for a device whose sole purpose is to deliver high quality digital music.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 28, 2018
Been enjoying controlling the listening sessions that feature the color, punch and weighty sonic chops of your Chord Mojo/Poly combo via the Gofigure App on your Android device? No? Well that’s changed. Chord Electronics has been hard at work and now brings all the ease of Poly control that iOS users have been enjoying to their Android brethren with their Gofigure App.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 13, 2018
At roughly $40,000 USD (based on current exchange rates), for each bespoke, 190-pound Chord ULTIMA mono bloc and the matching ULTIMA reference preamplifier, this system will set you back $120,000 USD.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 31, 2013
A classical music lover's dream come true? From OraStream comes this new streaming app for iOS and Android devices that delivers CD-quality streaming of classical music. From OraStream:
  • The finest selection of orchestral, chamber and ensemble music works covering voice, piano, strings, brass, woodwind and more
  • Music moments delivering delicate sonic details and majestic overtures are captured in more than 500 new classical recordings every week
  • - Staple classics from the masters: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi and Rachmaninov, among many others
  • 16-bit/44.1 kHz lossless CD quality
  • Enjoy music playback even when offline
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 29, 2013
Calyx Audio Femto DAC ($7,000)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 10, 2012
Logitech UE Smart Radio ($179.99)

Here are a few more things that are on deck for review.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 12, 2012
Fresh off the production line, the AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC just landed here at AudioStream HQ. No, its not shy its blushing magenta indicates that I'm listening to a 24/96 file and it may be blushing a brighter shade since that file happens to be from Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul and we all know this music is about more than music. Just in case you're curious, it'll glow green for 44.1kHz, blue for 48kHz, and amber for 88.2kHz.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 11, 2013
photo credit: Cindy Carpien/NPR

What Does A Song That Costs $5 Sound Like? by Laura Sydell tells the story of Cookie's experience with SACD and DSD as well as Cookie's Blue Coast Records.

One day she invited a dozen engineers and artists to do a blind test of three different audio formats. Analog tape recording, high-resolution digital (better than CD) and DSD. "Tape was still everyone's choice in a blindfold test," says Marenco, but they all agreed "that DSD was the closest thing to tape."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 30, 2014
Head on over to the BBC's website to watch and listen to an interesting interview with Blue Coast Records owner and DSD pioneer Cookie Marenco. "Cookie Marenco: Pioneer of high quality digital music recording" is part of the BBC's Women in Tech, "a series of stories profiling the most innovative, pioneering and successful women and how they are changing an industry traditionally dominated by men."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 10, 2016
photo credit: Scott Clark for Crate and Barrel

It took a while for this news to sink into someplace comfy and cozy but it finally has:

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/-- Leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel introduces The Listening Room, featuring exclusive furniture and accessories, cutting edge audio equipment and a curated collection of iconic vinyl recordings through the brand's new partnership with Capitol Records. Celebrating music as it was meant to be heard, The Listening Room is the perfect setting to enjoy the Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, a limited release of 75 remastered vinyl recordings. The Listening Room collection will be offered in U.S. stores and online starting this September.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 27, 2020
The driving four-on-the-floor beat and overdubbed hand-clapping of Santa Esmeralda’s 1977 12-inch version of the Nina Simone classic “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” hung in the air like a rung bell as I abruptly hit pause.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 29, 2018
The UPS/FedEx/DHL guys are getting friendlier as the days roll past and the deliveries of heavy boxes of review gear continue to arrive.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 26, 2019
Remote updates strike again. Twenty years ago, the very idea that we’d allow a corporation unfettered access to our digital entertainment products, music hardware, or our refrigerators or televisions would have seemed positively Orwellian.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 18, 2019
I’d previously written in August of last year about the announcement from data Conversion Systems (dCS) that the company’s venerable entry-level Debussy DAC was being replaced after seven years of winning awards from the hi-fi press by the Bartók Network Streaming DAC. Think about that: A seven year product life-cycle in computer audio.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 03, 2019
Updates. In a world of instantaneous answers at the tip of our fingertips or tongues as we wag either at our various platform-specific digital assistants to tell us want we want to know, waiting for an update on anything can be a tortuous predicament on our first-world list of problems.

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