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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 26, 2011  |  12 comments
Code Name: M1 DAC-A (for Asynchronous)
The Musical Fidelity M1 DAC under review today is not the same Musical Fidelity M1 DAC that's been around since June/July 2010. This one is new and improved as of a November 2011 street date namely adding an Asynchronous USB input capable of handling 24-bit/96kHz data and adding $50 to its price tag (the old M1 DAC's adaptive USB input was limited to 16/48). There are also some minor changes to the choke-filtered power supply but for those users who skip the USB input, the M1 DAC is very nearly its old self. For those people looking for a 24/96 Async USB DAC, this M1 may as well be all new.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 24, 2011  |  0 comments
Thanks to reader "acd6977" for the heads up on Drag City's FLAC download offerings. Drag City's roster is longer than Santa's naughty list and includes such musical treasure-makers as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Sir Richard Bishop, Ty Segall, CAVE, Six Organs of Admittance, Royal Trux and about a million more.

The world of music downloads is looking very up for 2012!

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 23, 2011  |  0 comments
Matador Records, home to such classic sonic beauties as Sonic Youth, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Cold Cave, Girls, Thurston Moore, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks and many many more, offer FLAC downloads through their online Store!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 21, 2011  |  1 comments
From the amazing Internet Archive's 78 RPMs & Cylinder Recordings here are 23 classic songs and stories available as free FLAC downloads collected in Voices of Christmas Past 1898 to 1922. My favorite is "Santa Claus Hides in the Phonograph" (Ernest Hare, recorded 1922) but there's plenty here for everyone including a lovely version of "Noel (Holy Night)" from 1916 by the Venetian Trio and a stirring rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" from 1921 by Navada Van der Veer.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 19, 2011  |  0 comments
'Tis the season and we offer a short but sweet selection. This time of year I also like to reflect upon all the things we have in addition to all of the things we don't and take a moment to be thankful for just being here.

Happy Holidays and may your 2012 be filled with music! On with the list...

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 14, 2011  |  41 comments
Want to play music from your iPad or wirelessly stream through your iPad at 24 bit/96 kHz? Well you have to tether your iPad to your DAC with this dock and it's gonna cost you all of $29.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 14, 2011  |  1 comments
Channel D announces the release of Pure Vinyl 3.0 ($279, introductory price $229 till 1/16/2010):
The new Pure Vinyl 3, available now, represents a significant update including over two dozen new features and usability enhancements.

The update includes new peak level finder and speedy Preview Output Levels features for setting the optimum signal levels of edited output tracks; nondestructive, quality-preserving “surgical” pop and click removal; plus an extremely innovative feature using virtual iTunes "Bookmark Tracks" for creating playlists of tracks from LP recordings, without needing to save individual music tracks (the Bookmarks simply point to locations in the original high resolution recording).

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!

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