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Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 23, 2012
This is Q&A 9 of 10 with Media Player/Music Server Software companies. Each Q&A will be presented as its own post, one-a-day (think of it as your daily dose of vitamin geek) so we can digest and discuss one topic at a time. The participants are Damien Plisson of Audirvana, Tim Murison of BitPerfect Sound Inc. (BitPerfect), Dr. Rob Robinson of Channel D (Pure Music/Pure Vinyl), Josef Piri & Marcin Ostapowicz of JPlay, Jim Hillegass of JRiver, (JRiver Media Center), Jussi Laako of Signalyst (HQ Player), Stephen F. Booth of sbooth.org (Decibel), and Jon Reichbach of Sonic Studio, (Amarra).

Question 9...

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 06, 2012
I sent an email to "technical support" at Other Music regarding their WAV offerings and got a very pleasant response and had a brief but interesting exchange with Gerald Hammill (Other Music Webmaster) that I think is worth sharing. Without further ado...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 08, 2012
Do you remember OraStream? In brief, I got to demo a "proof-of-concept" online service that provided 24/96 streaming rates (>2000 kbps according to the OraStream player). You can read more about that here. Since then Orastream has been busy working toward the launch of their forthcoming lossless music locker service. What's that? Frankie Tan, CEO of mp4sls the developer of OraStream, gave us hint in his comments to my last post, "We'll launch a web-service next for content owners to get their music into Orastream and stream-able on mobile devices and web browsers." For the past few weeks, I've been uploading, storing and streaming back my CD-quality music through OraStream's beta site.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 30, 2014
AudioQuest shared their White Paper, "Evaluation of Digital Devices and Proper Warm-Up for Ideal Listening and Measurements" and I thought it well worth sharing with AudioStream readers. While you can pretty much surmise the gist of the white paper from its title, you may be surprised at the conclusions drawn from measured results. Enjoy.
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  |  Oct 13, 2015
photo credit: John Atkinson Stereophile

Eureka! I remembered our conversation at RMAF! Kidding. Philip O'Hanlon was not only smart enough to record Bruno explaining aspects of his approach to DAC design to me, he was kind enough to allow me to share it here.

John DeVore  |  Jul 22, 2018
This is not my attempt to rationalize Cassette Culture. Nor will I try to convince any skeptics to join me and the two readers like me in that culture. It's an attempt to explain why I still love the cassette tape as a format, and how that might dovetail with the surprise resurgence of a recording/playback technology that most of the world agrees to be utterly obsolete.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 24, 2017
My favorite post from CES 2017 is the video compilation CES 2017: A Video Snapshot over on Stereophile put together by Jana Dagdagan. It's my favorite because it gives a good sense of the people and personalities within our industry. Too often these details go unnoticed, or worse still, purposefully ignored which can have a dehumanizing affect. While it should go without saying, the people in the hi-fi business are people, too.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 13, 2016
Me and Charley Hansen

Prior to the start of this year's RMAF, Jana Dagdagan and I headed over to the Boulder headquarters of Ayre Acoustics to talk about their new QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub (see review). I spoke to Ayre's Principal Development Engineer Ariel Brown and Software Engineer Brendan Boyle, and separately a one-on-one with Founder and Head of Innovation Charley Hansen. Here are those results. I'd like to thank Ayre for their time and Jana for her fine work behind the camera. Enjoy!

Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 06, 2012
[Editor's Note: We're reproducing and sharing this document in its entirety and AudioStream would like to thank Andreas Koch (Playback Designs), Andy McHarg (dCS), Gordon Rankin (Wavelength Audio), and Michal Jurewicz (Mytek Digital) for their efforts in defining a DoP Open Standard]

Method for transferring DSD Audio over PCM Frames
Version 1.1
Presented by Andreas Koch, Andy McHarg, Gordon Rankin, Michal Jurewicz

The USB Audio specification 2.0 defines multiple formats for audio of which standard PCM is only one. A general “raw data” format was also defined that can be used for any kind of data including audio, but unfortunately, no specific format was defined for DSD and with the ongoing proliferation of USB converters in the current market it appears that the opportunity for the official USB specification to adopt a single common method of transferring DSD audio via USB is slowly disappearing. This is an attempt of uniting as many manufacturers as possible and jointly defining a method for transferring DSD via USB. While this method is mainly targeted for USB links it is general enough to be applied to other PCM based links such as Firewire, AES/EBU, S/PDIF etc.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 18, 2013
According to the Discogs database, there have been 76 releases of Pet Sounds. This total includes the original mono LP, numerous LP reissues, the mono CD, a stereo version first mixed for The Pet Sound Sessions engineered and produced by Mark Linett under the supervision of Brian Wilson, a HDCD, a DCC gold disc, a 5.1 surround mix on DVD-A also engineered by Mark Linett, a Mo-Fi SACD from 2012 again engineered by Mark Linett, and the latest stereo/mono CD from 2012 mastered by Mark Linett. We also now have the 2012 HDtracks 24/192 version. Here's what HDtracks has to say about it, "Stereo mix produced, engineered and mastered at 24bit/192kHz by The Beach Boys’ long time Grammy®-Award-Winning engineer Mark Linett under the supervision of Brian Wilson." That's all. So I figured I'd ask Mark Linett about Pet Sounds and see if we could get some more information. Mark was kind enough to answer a few questions about what is arguably (I would) one of the most important albums of our time, The Beach Boys Pet Sounds.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 19, 2012
[Editor's Note: We're reproducing and sharing this document in its entirety and AudioStream would like to thank Andreas Koch, Andy McHarg and Rob Robinson for their efforts in defining an open standard for DSD over USB]

USB Link for DSD Audio via PCM Frames
Presented by Andreas Koch (Playback Designs), Andy McHarg (dCS), and Rob Robinson (Channel D)

Version 1.0
The USB Audio specification 2.0 defines multiple formats for audio of which standard PCM is only one. A general “raw data” format was also defined that can be used for any kind of data including audio, but unfortunately, no specific format was defined for DSD and with the ongoing proliferation of USB converters in the current market it appears that the opportunity for the official USB specification to adopt a single common method of transferring DSD audio via USB is slowly disappearing. This is an attempt of uniting as many manufacturers as possible and jointly defining a method for transferring DSD via USB.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 01, 2014

I just came across this short, 2-minute+ video sponsored by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) from 2000 and found it very interesting and relevant, especially in view of all the anti-Pono talk of late. Watch the video and see if you agree.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 13, 2014
Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

It should come as no surprise at this point that Neil Young was at SXSW to talk about Pono. I had the opportunity to spend some time talking to Neil Young about his new venture.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 14, 2013
There has recently been some hubbub online (and even within some applications!) surrounding the media player JPLAY. Essentially, claims have been made by the people behind two competing (actually complementary) media players that JPLAY is nothing more than a "hoax" and an "audiophile scam". The former claim was leveled by JRiver, both in their software as a warning to JPLAY users as well as online on the JRiver forum (among others), and the latter claim was made by Foobar2000. As you may be aware, our own Steve Plaskin reviewed JPLAY (see review) and found it did in fact improve the sound quality of his system so our position in this skirmish is clear.

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