Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 14, 2011  |  0 comments
Let's get the not so good technical news out of the way up front–the DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analogue Converter transmits and receives at 16 bit/ 44kHz max. We're talking CD quality sound (actually potentially better since we're also talking about computer-based audio). The good news is the DAC 1 creates its own point-to-point 2.4 GHz wireless network meaning you don't need to have an existing wireless network to plug and play.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 11, 2011  |  3 comments
Crazy Clown Time is filmmaker David Lynch's first official solo record and it's a doozy. Think American Gothic Blues twisted. Or maybe the home recordings of Tom Waits' crazy influential uncle. I've been enjoying it and I think you may too. But if you need more convincing...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 09, 2011  |  5 comments
Thanks to John Atkinson for giving me the heads up on this newsworthy item from eRacks:
eRacks introduces the first 150TB storage server, bringing affordable petabyte-class storage to a space-hungry market.

Orange, CA, Dec 22, 2010. eRacks Open Source Systems is at the forefront of computer server vendors utilizing the new 2.5TB and 3TB hot-swappable hard drives manufactured by Western Digital. The eRacks/NAS50 server makes petabyte-level data storage within two rack cabinets a reality. Four 9U-height eRacks/NAS50 systems can be housed in a single 42U Cabinet, containing a total of 200 drives or 600 terabytes of data. eRacks manufactures its own line of rackmount servers and desktops configured with Open Source operating systems, such as Linux or OpenBSD.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 07, 2011  |  10 comments
Packing 100 Watts into a desktop speaker with aluminum drivers strikes me as message in and of itself. The Paradigm Shift Atomic Atoms (A2) pack two 50W amplifiers into each cabinet so each driver gets its own dedicated power source. The A2s are sold as a single speaker but they can also be bought and played in stereo pairs which is mainly how I listened. Although I must say that the idea of a mono desktop setup did cross my mind.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 07, 2011  |  0 comments
Chris Kirkley (Sahel Sounds) went to Mali and Mauritania spent time traveling and collecting this fascinating music (especially that auto-tuned Moroccan chaabi!) and when he returned home in 2010 he made it available first on a limited edition cassette distributed by the ever-amazing Mississippi Records and then as a free download titled Music From Saharan Cellphones. I'll let Chris tell the story:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 07, 2011  |  4 comments
A true Asynchronous USB DAC using Wavelength's Streamlength software capable of handling 24 bit/96kHz for $550? Including cables?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 06, 2011  |  6 comments
As if to say "Take That!", a few days after my Nirvana Nevermind post, I received an email from David Chesky of HD Tracks which eventually led to a complimentary download of Ella Fitzgerald's Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! ($24.98). I had two choices, 96kHz/24bit and 192kHz/24bit and I opted for the latter. I figured it would be fun comparing it to my old Verve LP of the same title.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 03, 2011  |  1 comments
OK. Back in the hotel, showered. Our power company said, "We expect to have 95% of customers in your area to have power by the end of Thursday and the remaining 5% by Friday night." Guess what? Looks like we're in the top 5%!

Here's what's in-house and on deck—the Halide Design DAC HD, a pair of Paradigm "Shift" A2 powered desktop speakers, Bel Canto DAC1.5, NAD C 446 Digital Media Tuner, some new goodies from Musical Fidelity, NAD DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analogue Converter and more and more on the way!

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 02, 2011  |  26 comments
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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 02, 2011  |  4 comments
This pocket-size (5.6" by 2.2" by 1.4"), 9.5-oz, Bluetooth-enabled powered stereo speaker with “subwoofer” is guaranteed to blow your mind. Even the usually deaf gadget writers for mainstream publications—the guys who go gaga for Bose—sat up and took notice when they heard the original foxL a few years ago. The Soundmatters publicist waited for the Platinum version to be released before contacting me for a possible review. I’ll take that as a compliment.