Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 15, 2011  |  0 comments
Lavry Engineering was directly across from Auraliti in the ground floor ballroom. The Lavry DA11 DAC ($1,480) was being fed its musical fodder from a laptop running Foobar2000. Lavry Engineering is another company with Pro Audio roots which is hinted at in the DA11's half rack size and rather utilitarian appearance. One interesting design aspect in the DA11 is what Lavry refers to as "PiC" - Playback Image Control™: "allows the listener to adjust their position within the stereo sound field in a way that is unique to the DA11. Applications include adjusting the stereo width to create a headphone listening experience more like listening in a room with speakers, or moving the “sweet spot” with asymmetrical speaker placement." The Lavry display only allowed for headphone listening and with the distractions of a busy ballroom, it was difficult to concentrate on whether or not my headphone listening experience was more or less like listening in a room with speakers. It was more like listening in a room with lots of people.

The DA11 comes equipped with USB, XLR, RCA, and optical digital audio inputs and balanced XLR outputs (XLR-RCA female Neutrik converters included).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 15, 2011  |  0 comments
The Auraliti L1000 Music File Player ($3,000) is one of the newer breed of purpose-built devices meant to oust your multi-tasking computer from the music playback chain. Built on a Linux platform, the L1000 can play FLAC, WAV and AIFF files at 44.1 , 48, 88.2 , 96 , 176.4 and 192 and hands off your music files to your DAC via AES/EBU output. I've requested a review sample of the Auraliti PK90 USB Music File Player and should one in-house shortly.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 15, 2011  |  0 comments
Ultra-Fi had a mostly silent display showing off their NOS USB DAC 41 ($1,750), their own USB cables, the miniplat 2 ($375, introductory pricing $275) a replacement access cover and nickel coated brass cones for the 2010-2011 Mac mini that Ultra-Fi claims provides "improved righty and coupling" for improved sound quality, and cables from Ridge Street Audio. The part of the Ultra-Fi display that wasn't silent was proprietor Larry D. Moore, Esq which proved to be a good thing as I didn't originally connect this Larry D. Moore to the Larry Moore that participated in J.C. Morrison's infamous NY Noise Shows from the early 2000's that featured mostly home brew tube-based amplifier and preamplifier designs that could be called for the most part outrageous. It's nice to see that old school meet this new one.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 14, 2011  |  0 comments
Mytek Digital has been making A/D and D/A converters for the Pro Audio world since 1992 and they've just entered the world of consumer audio at RAMF 2011 with the introduction of the 1/2-rack sized Stereo 192-DSD DAC. The 192-DSD DAC's name is telling you something about what it can do: 32 bit PCM up to 192kHz, and DSD. The 192 comes in three versions: the Black Preamp version ($1,695) includes LED level meters (and its black), the Silver Preamp version ($1,695) which loses the LEDs (and its silver), and the Mastering version ($1,595) which adds digital DSD inputs to the Black version (its black too). All three have the following inputs - USB (1.1 & Async 2.0), Firewire, S/PDIF, AES/EBU, Toslink (all up to 192kHz), DSD (analog 64x DSD in the Black & Silver and digital 128x in the Mastering), and Wordclock (in/out). Outputs include unbalanced RCA, balanced XLR and a 1/4" headphone jack.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 14, 2011  |  1 comments
RMAF 2011 opens today at 12:00pm (but I need more time!). With 8 floors and over 150 exhibition rooms! the Denver Marriott Tech Center is for this long weekend, the center of the audiophile universe.

I'd like to thank everyone who sent me heads-up emails with their not-to-miss lists. I will do my best to cover all of these and as much computer-based audio as I can squeeze into two and a half days. Look for my first reports later tonight. Now it's time to have a hearty breakfast so I can do some serious[ly] (fun) listening.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2011  |  10 comments

Capturing the state of Computer Audio is like trying to describe a river with a bucket of water, to paraphrase Alan Watts. Computer Audio is in flux, evolving as we speak. That’s not to say it’s too soon to jump in and join the fun. Computer-based hi-fi offers some of the finest seats in your home for the enjoyment of music - today.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2011  |  0 comments

The following questions were sent to a group of Industry Professionals.

1. Where do you see Computer Audio in 3 years?
2. What changes would you like to see as opposed to what you expect to see?
3. Make a prediction for the far-out future of Computer Audio.

Here's what they had to say:

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 11, 2011  |  1 comments
Hello Ask Audiostream,

I am presently using a Logitech Duet and accompany reciever to get my music to my Stereo System that is a room away from the computer. It seems to work realy good, but I have some questions about the operation of this hardware and software. Does the computer use the sound card to process the bit stream? Would a external DAC help and how wuold I hook into the Logitech system.

Thank you.


Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 11, 2011  |  2 comments
Boomkat is a UK-based Independent music distributor with an enormous catalog of "music that exists beyond the radar". Where physical media and their related shipping costs makes buying from across most larger ponds less than desirable (especially for small orders), downloads know no borders.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 07, 2011  |  15 comments
I recently bought a Wyred 4 Sound DAC1. I also have a Musical Fidelity V-Link.

Would you expect better performance with 16/44.1 files using the USB input or the coaxial RCA S/PDIF input (through the V-Link) on the DAC1?

Also, what are the relative merits of the coaxial RCA vs. TosLink S/PDIF inputs, assuming grounding is not a problem with RCA?