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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 10, 2011  |  1 comments
Thanks to reader philipjohnwright for pointing this out. Due to the limited nature (and perhaps pointing to a trend?) I felt it newsworthy enough to highlight with its own post. From Linn Records:
18 November 2011

Back by popular demand Linn's brilliant value, no-hassle, highest quality Digital Music Collections make a welcome return for a limited time only. And, for the first time, our premium Digital Music Collections are all available in Apple Lossless as well as FLAC.

Each collection is expertly put together, with all artwork included and embedded, ready for you to enjoy. And as if having the best ever digital music isn't enough, we also include the CD Quality and MP3 versions of each album as well, should you wish to burn to a disc or listen on your iPod.

Choose from one of our five specially compiled Digital Music Collections then sit back whilst we pre-load a wealth of music onto a portable USB hard-drive and ship direct to your front door.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 09, 2011  |  3 comments
Another great collection of free high definition downloads this time from Norwegian label 2L. Here we have a selection of Beethoven, Haydn, Britten, Vivaldi, Krambupolka and more in Stereo FLAC 24 bit/192kHz, 24 bit/96kHz, and Surround 5.1 FLAC 24 bit/96kHz. There are even a number of free DSD 64 2.8224Mbit/s tracks! Yowza!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 09, 2011  |  3 comments
I came across the Pristine Classical website while putting together the list of HD Music download sites. Actually reader Vasily showed me the way by leaving a link to the Pristine site in the comments. While there, I noticed something I'm not so sure I've seen before—Pristine offers their entire digital catalog on hard disk!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2011  |  1 comments
Green Means Go
The playGo USB is to my way of seeing a fine industrial design. It’s clearly not your typical black stamped-metal box with a slightly fancier façade kinda deal. Rather these things, the transmitter and receiver, have character. Made from DuPont’s Corian of kitchen counter fame, there’s one that’s round (the transmitter) and another that’s square with rounded edges (the receiver). Both sandwich an opening so you can see their LCDs glow to signify various operating modes; solid red (power is on but the devices do not see each other), solid green (power is on the devices see each other), pulsing green (music is playing) and pulsing red, green and blue (power is on and the units are in connecting mode). While you can defeat the LCD display, why would you want to especially this time of year. I actually like their cool warm glow and the amount of light they emit is not too much for me. Om.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2011  |  0 comments
OK here's a more realistic music-sized piece of storage from G-Technology by Hitachi.
At CES, we will launch the new G-RAID with Thunderbolt. At 8TB it is the highest capacity, two-drive, RAID 0 external storage device in the world and has the fastest interface you can find with data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. This drive has set a new standard for storage speed, backed by Intel and already named a 2012 CES Innovations Award Honoree. Thunderbolt is going to be everyone soon and G-Technology by Hitachi is leading the charge.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2011  |  0 comments
Thanks again to John Atkinson for forwarding me this bit of big storage news from LaCie:
Today LaCie announces the 12big Rack Storage Server, a comprehensive network storage solution complete with the software and hardware needed for serious backup or file sharing right out of the box. The 12big Rack Storage Server features the performance of Quad LANs and the power of Windows® Storage Server. With muscular performance and outstanding scalability at a competitive price point, the 12big Rack Storage Server is the perfect solution for corporate backup and file sharing. It is powered by the industry-standard Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, Microsoft’s® latest version of the powerful NAS platform. The 12big Rack Storage Server ships with 6Gb/s Nearline SAS disks, which feature redundant path technology that improve I/O results by more than 40%.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 07, 2011  |  3 comments
Through their Only The Music website, dCS is giving away three high resolution downloads. Grab yours before they run out!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 06, 2011  |  31 comments
During the course of my video interview with Scott Wilkinson of Home Theater, a viewer asked a question regarding Async USB DACs and uncompressed FLAC playback and I did not have a good answer. So I did some research. And I still did not come up with a compelling answer. So I sent off an email to Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio since he was the first to implement the Async USB mode in a consumer audio DAC and he's done some listening tests comparing FLAC to WAV files. Here's what I asked Gordon:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 05, 2011  |  0 comments
Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and composer and in October 2011 he sat down for his second series of 'a-song-a-day' for a week. His first foray in this format was Found Songs from 2009. This time around Arnalds and a group of musicians (piano, strings and electronics) performed a new song-a-day live via streaming video from the living room of his Reykjavík apartment. Arnalds also made each song available as a free MP3 download immediately after each performance.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 02, 2011  |  3 comments
Beginning in late July of this year, Thailand experienced its worst monsoon-related flooding in more than half a century killing over 600 people, covering about six million hectares of land and costing an estimated 5.1 billion USD in damage. Among the businesses hardest hit were hard drive manufacturers including Western Digital, Hitachi and Toshiba as well as many smaller companies who produce parts for hard drives.