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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 04, 2012
Some of you may remember Josh Ray from the review site Sonic Flare. Well Josh has moved on to the manufacturing side of the audio house with his recently launched venture Urban Fidelity.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 04, 2012
Pioneer made the official N-50 announcement today. Here are the vitals (from Pioneer):

Networking: AirPlay-compatible, DLNA 1.5, vTuner Internet Radio, Ethernet, Wireless LAN and Bluetooth ready (requires separate devices)
Inputs: Asynchronous USB DAC (32-bit/192kHz), S/PDIF (Coax & Toslink), Ethernet/LAN input, front panel USB for Mass storage/iPod/iPhone/iPad digital
Outputs: RCA, S/PDIF (Coax & Toslink)
Other: “Made for iPad, iPhone and iPod”, iPhone or Android remote apps, 2.5” Full-Color LCD Display, included remote and more...
File Formats Supported: WAV (24-bit/192khz), FLAC (24-bit/192khz), MP3 (320kbps), WMA (320kbps), AAC (320kbps) and Ogg Vorbis (320kbps).

Jason Victor Serinus  |  Feb 26, 2013
Flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire

If ever an audio event were in living color, it was the Bay Area Audiophile Society’s (BAAS) February 23 live / DSD event at Blue Coast Studios in Belmont, CA. Jointly hosted by Blue Coast Records founder Cookie Marenco, a long-time proponent of DSD who has engineered or produced five Grammy nominated records, and the dedicated president of BAAS, Bob Walters, the two-session event prefaced comparisons of four DSD-capable DACs at three different price points with intimate, live-to-DSD recording sessions with Flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 05, 2012
After my initial review of the Paradigm A2 powered desktop speakers ($279.99/ea. in Black Ash, $329.99/ea. premium finishes) Paradigm decided to re-think a few design aspects of this loud speaker. Chief among these re-design considerations was to make it, well, not such a loud speaker.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 20, 2013
And the list goes on (and on) and appears to include the complete Bad Seeds catalog. Coming in 12 days from Boomkat.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 05, 2012
The DSD bus keeps rolling along this time with a new asynchronous USB to S/PDIF converter from Simple Design makers of the Sonore line of music servers and DACs. From the Sonore website:
The Signature Series Sonore DSD Converter is an asynchronous USB converter with SPDIF BCN output. The converter can output regular PCM up to 192 sample rate and convert DSD2PCM at 88.2 or 176.4 sample rate. The DSD2PCM conversion is done on board to eliminate computer CPU load and is compliant with the DSD over PCM (DoP) v1 specification. The DSD2PCM conversion incorporates proprietary filters. The converter does not use USB power and is instead powered by a low noise linear power supply. HDMI I2S output compatible with the PS Audio specification is available as an optional upgrade.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 16, 2013
Yours truly penned a four-page intro to computer audio that appears in this month's Sound & Vision. This marks the first edition of the new merged titans Home Theater + Sound & Vision and it's chock full of sights and sounds to explore.
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.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 28, 2011
"The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) is a lossless audio codec developed by Apple and deployed on all of it's platforms and devices for some years now. Apple is making the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) available as an open source project." MAC OS Forge
If this was a chess game, I'd be keeping my eye on Apple's Queen who appears to be positioned to finally offer 24 bit downloads through the iTunes Store. As it stands with ALAC going Open Source, music download sites can now offer high definition music in an iTunes and iOS device compatible format. No more converting FLAC to MAC-happy formats.

How big is this news? It depends. But I envision a room within Apple HQ with nothing in it but a big switch labelled "ON".

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 28, 2012
Remastered for Pono? According to Patrick Flanary in Rolling Stone, you betcha:
Pono's preservation of the fuller, analog sound already has the ear of the Big Three record labels: Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music. WMG – home to artists including Muse, the Black Keys, Common and Jill Scott – has converted its library of 8,000 album titles to high-resolution, 192kHz/24-bit sound. It was a process completed prior to the company's partnership with Young's Pono project last year, said Craig Kallman, chairman and chief executive of Atlantic Records.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 27, 2011
For their 50th Anniversary, the Rolling Stones are on a media blitz. Rumor has it Mick and Keith are making up after Keith spilled the beans in his autobiography about the size of Mick's mother's little helper and if all goes well a 50th Anniversary tour will follow. In the mean time, we're treated to some rare Stones delights from The Rolling Stones Archive including CD and vinyl box sets, t-shirts, posters and this FLAC download* of a "bootleg" live recording from Brussels'73:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 19, 2012
While we're waiting for 2013 and Neil Young to reveal all of the facts about his Pono player/service that appears to be based on a proprietary file format, Korea's Iriver has come to market with a portable player that supports good old-fashioned 24/192 files. The Astell&Kern AK100 MQS Portable System ($699) features a Wolfsen WM8740 24-bit DAC and 32GB of internal memory and can accommodate two 32GB MicroSDHC cards for total storage capacity of 96GB. The MQS Player supports WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG and APE formats (no AAC or Apple Lossless support) and sports a 2.4″ LCD IPS color screen and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP/HFP and is about the size of a deck of cards (3.11 by 2.33 by 0.57 inches and weighs 4.30 ounces). There are optical audio outputs to connect to your DAC of choice, a micro USB port for charging and syncing media, a 5-band equalizer, and of course a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 22, 2012
From an Olive Media press release:
Magnolia Showrooms to Feature Olive's Award-winning HD Music Server Line, Presenting Unique High Definition Content and Personal Listening Sessions.

San Francisco, CA, February 21, 2012. Olive Media is pleased to announce that its highly reviewed and award-winning HD Music Servers- the Olive O3HD, O4HD, and O6HD- are now available at participating Magnolia Design Center and Magnolia Audio Video locations in California, Washington, Texas, and Georgia, which are listed at http://www.OliveHD.com/Magnolia.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 29, 2013
Calyx Audio Femto DAC ($7,000)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 30, 2012
The Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You was one of the first "Mastered for iTunes" albums

A few months ago, Apple's "Mastered For iTunes" PDF made the rounds and made some WAVs causing speculation that Apple may be looking at offering lossless downloads sooner than later. Speculation, as is often the case, proved premature. But this did not ebb Ars Technica's Chris Foresman's interset in the dodgy subject—is the "Mastered for iTunes" approach pure marketing B.S. or does Apple's process actually offer a guideline whereby the end result offers better sounding music.

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