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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 22, 2018  |  5 comments
March 22, 2018
AVTECH MEDIA LTD (UK) ACQUIRES HOME TECH NETWORK FROM TEN: PUBLISHING MEDIA

New group combines AVTech Media's specialist hi-fi/home theatre titles with TEN's Home Tech Network to create the World's Largest Consumer Electronics Audio/Visual publishing enterprise

Steven Plaskin  |  Mar 22, 2018  |  0 comments
Many audiophiles that I meet ask me about the necessity of using USB enhancement devices and suggest to me that a well-designed USB DAC has no need for these products. I have reviewed many well engineered DACs that have galvanic isolation and take considerable efforts to isolate their USB DAC from computer noise that degrades audio performance. I have found that most, if not all, benefit from the use of USB enhancement devices to a greater or lessor extent. I have had the pleasure to review iFi Audio's excellent micro iUSB3.0; a device that I found to significantly improve the sound of USB DACs driven directly by a computer. The iUSB3.0 delivered an improvement to the USB signal integrity in addition to the power supply function. The USB signal from the computer is completely re-constructed, re-clocked and re-balanced by the iUSB3.0 before being passed on to downstream devices for both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 DAC connections.
Alex Halberstadt  |  Mar 19, 2018  |  3 comments
When I was a younger man, I used to frequent an Indian restaurant on lower Lexington Avenue in Manhattan called Curry in a Hurry. It wasn't far from my apartment. Upstairs, I'd sit over a heaping tray of russet chicken tikka, poori, nan and greasy samosas, and watch Bollywood musicals on the TV that was chained to the ceiling. What I liked most about Curry in a Hurry was a Bengali dessert called rasmalai—cheese curds in clotted cream flavored with cardamom—and a sign on the wall that read, "Eat Like a King, Pay Like a Pauper."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 19, 2018  |  7 comments
The fine folks at Vinyl Reviews came out to the barn for a visit and a video (yes, I listen to vinyl, too).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 16, 2018  |  1 comments
Smerz is Norwegian duo Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt. According to Google translate, smerz means smerz in English, which clears up a lot of the questions I had. Have fun is their new EP, released on XL Recordings earlier this month, and you can take that title as invitation or demand, depending on one's preferences in these matters.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 15, 2018  |  0 comments
As plain as day. That's what I have to say about the differences I hear between the original Tellurium Q Black speaker cable, which I own, and the new Black II. What's more, I clearly prefer the Black II. </review>?
Stephen Mejias  |  Mar 13, 2018  |  13 comments
March in the United States is Women’s History Month. Complementing International Women’s Day on March 8, the month is meant to honor and recognize the many significant accomplishments of women today and throughout history. The celebration dates back to 1981, when Congress authorized the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” Then, in 1987, upon a successful petition by the National Women’s History Project, Congress agreed that a week was not nearly enough, that, instead, women would be honored throughout the entire month of March. Between 1988 and 1994, then, Congress passed additional resolutions to maintain the status. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued proclamations announcing March as Women’s History Month. And, somewhat surprisingly given his own words and actions, even the current president has followed suit. You can read his proclamation here. (If you’re into it, you can compare and contrast with President Obama’s proclamation.)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 09, 2018  |  3 comments
The Breeders are back and there's gonna be trouble (Hey la, hey la, The Breeder's are back).

It feels like forever ago that I got to sit in on an early listen of All Nerve, The Breeders new album, at John DeVore's place with a few members of the band. If you are under the impression we all listen for the same thing and thus hear the same thing when listening to music, just spend some time listening to musicians listening to themselves.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 08, 2018  |  42 comments
On a lovely March evening, Herb Reichert, Alex Halberstadt, Stephen Mejias, and I met up at John DeVore's place for The Great DAC-Off!

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