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    by Published on 12-26-2013 08:43 AM
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    I've been following loudspeaker manufacturer Magico for nearly five years. I was first introduced to the company's founder Alon Wolf through mutual friends in California's bay area. Soon after meeting Alon I visited Magico's Berkeley factory where the company was designing its then flagship M5 loudspeaker. I spent quite awhile listening to the M5s during that visit. At that time the M5 was the best speaker I'd ever heard. In late December 2009 I re-visited Magico's Berkeley factory to listen to an unknown speaker that I was told was something special. The experience was a bit like déjà vu as I spent hours listening to the newly designed Q5 loudspeaker. This speaker was far above and beyond anything Magico had previously produced, but I left the factory proclaiming, "The Magico Q5 loudspeaker is the best loudspeaker I've ever heard anywhere. There isn't a single product on the market today that's capable of this level of performance." Much has changed since that last visit including a new flagship Q7 loudspeaker, the introduction of Magico's S Series, and a new home for the factory. Fast forward to December 2013. It was time to visit Magico once again. ...
    by Published on 10-08-2013 04:26 PM
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    Over the years I've built up a collection of applications that make my life much easier. Most of these apps are directly related to audio but some can be used for many other tasks. When I read about CA members using remote control applications meant for remote access over the Internet, even though they are ten feet from their music servers, I try to jump in and recommend a better solution. Unfortunately these recommendations soon get buried under all kinds of other threads. Tasks as mundane as finding the IP address of a DLNA renderer or another device on one's network can be impossible without the knowledge of how it's done. Some applications have quietly added features over the years that go unnoticed by most people who don't have time to read the release notes for every update. For example, most CA readers are unaware that JRiver can analyze every track in a library and assign it a dynamic range value. This value is embedded into the track's metadata saving one from reanalyzing an entire library should something go wrong with a music server. What follows is my CA Software Toolbox of applications and details on how I use the apps. Readers are encouraged to post their favorite apps, tips, and tricks to make this a definite guide we can all references when needed. ...
    by Published on 07-25-2013 10:09 AM
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    Computer Audiophile readers following my Twitter account likely know I was at the Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field July 19, 2013. I posted a few photos before the show but didn't want to channel my inner-teenager and tweet throughout the concert. Plus, CA readers have lives and could likely care less about some guy (me) tweeting from a concert. It was an evening I'll never forget. The sound was as good as I've ever heard at a concert. It didn't hurt that I was nine seats to the left of the sound board engineers. Readers familiar with Wrigley Field know there are hundreds of roof top seats located on buildings across the street from the field. When the concert started ...
    by Published on 07-16-2013 08:53 AM
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    Just a quick note about a great Dave Grohl interview I stumbled upon the other day. The interview covers items like Dave's documentary Sound City and his thoughts about recording to magnetic tape. Here's my favorite quote from the interview, "Okay, so 15 years ago, if a tape was shredding or a reel broke what would you do? You just play the fucking song again." Another sad but true quote from the interview, "I called someone from management and said we’re going to do it to tape, and they said, “Can you do that?" Not only did the Foo Fighters record to tape the band chopped up the master tape and gave it away piece by piece in the Wasting Light CD cases. You got to love real rock bands. Here's the unedited video of the interview. ...
    by Published on 04-18-2013 07:10 PM
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    This story starts in July 2011 at the California Audio Show. That's where I was introduced to the Aurender music server team and where I had my first opportunity to use the server. I was immediately impressed by the product and the people. Everyone in the room knew their stuff. I asked question after question about the server's capabilities and the team's design decisions. I received polite and comprehensive answers to all my questions. I also asked if I could shoot photos of all the internal server components and was given the simple answer, "Yes, we have nothing to hide." I walked out of that room feeling refreshed. The people I'd just met weren't jaded from decades in the industry yet they had more music server knowledge than 99% of the exhibitors at the show. Fast forward to the end of February 2013. Days after Korea elected its first female President I touched down at Icheon Airport on a trip to speak at the Seoul International Audio Show and visit the headquarters of the Aurender team. I enjoyed meeting computer audiophiles at the show despite the language barrier. Furthermore I gained additional respect for the Aurender team, the company, and its products. ...
    by Published on 03-07-2013 11:14 AM
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    And the winner is … Congratulations to Audirvana Plus as the 2012 CA Readers Choice Product of the Year winner. With 75.89% of the vote Audirvana Plus won easily. Here's a link to the voting results and the Audirvana Plus home page .







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