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    by Published on 09-22-2015 12:01 PM
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    2. The Music In Me
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    Where do you start with Phil Spector? Anyone see “Easy Rider?” Remember the beginning of the movie where the two stars had crappy bikes and funky clothes until after they met a freak in a Rolls Royce and gave him a suspicious-looking package? And he snorted it so we knew it was cocaine? That freak was Phil Spector, and that scene might be of interest to Spector completists—if such there are—but has nothing to do with today’s post, so we move on.

    Oh, but Phil Spector was a freak, all right. He was obsessive, tyrannical, paranoid, self-centered, brilliant, obstinate and skinny, and he produced some of the most iconic music of the late 1950’s and early ‘60’s. In fact, he did so until 1966, and that’s our story.

    Spector was born in the Bronx on December 26, 1939. Do you know anyone else whose birthday is so close to Christmas? I do, and it’s always the same angry story: your parents say that as long as the two days were so close, instead of giving you two regular gifts, they’ll give you one big one- it’ll be twice as good! And it was always bullshit. You got the same gift you’d have gotten for your birthday or for Christmas, but it was never twice as good! You got cheated and you’ve been pissed off ever since. I know. I’ve heard it before. So maybe—I don’t know, maybe—that’s why he went off the rails so early. ...
    by Published on 09-14-2015 01:01 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Digital to Analog Converter,
    3. S/PDIF (RCA) Interface,
    4. AES/EBU Interface,
    5. S/PDIF (TosLink) Interface
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    My love affair with Ed Meitner designed products began a bit over four years ago when I received a review sample of the Meitner Audio MA-1 DAC in the Summer of 2011. After living with the MA-1 for a couple months I wrote, “The MA-1 was one of the most enjoyable products I've reviewed in recent memory (link).” One year later Ed’s team stepped me up to the major leagues by sending me the emm Labs DAC2X for review. The DAC2X contributed greatly to one heck of a Summer listening to my HiFi. At that time I concluded it was, “Unequivocally the best DAC I've heard in my system (link).” In the years between that review and today, emm Labs has been hard at work making the DAC2X even better. In fact, at recent trade shows Shahin from emm Labs has implored me to send my DAC2X back to the factory in Calgary so the team could updated it to current production specs. He suggested the updates Ed had been working on were incredible. Of course a representative of any company is going to tell a member of the press that the newest product is not-to-be missed. Thus, I held on to my appropriate amount of skepticism as I sent the DAC2X across the Canadian border for updates. After a few weeks I received two packages from emm Labs. The newest version of the DAC2X arrived with its brother, the PRE2-SE preamplifier. Keep in mind that the DAC2X has a fixed analog output and requires a preamplifier between it and the power amps. I enthusiastically placed the new emm pair in my system with Pass Labs XA160.5 monoblock amplifiers and TAD CR1 loudspeakers, all connected via Wire World Platinum Eclipse / Starlight 7 cables. What I heard emanating from my speakers was nothing short of fantastic. Shahin from emm Labs was correct in using the adjective incredible to describe Ed Meitner’s ingenious updates to the DAC2X. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2015 04:27 PM
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    2. Editorial
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    As a diehard card-carrying audiophile I am interested in all things related to this wonderful hobby. I've published articles based solely on my subjective listening experience and I've published articles detailing only objective measurements and facts about products. I enjoy publishing and reading articles that cover the gamut. I also think it's healthy and interesting to be open to perspectives completely incongruent with our own. With this in mind, I was recently sent a link to the JRiver forum to read a post about one person's perspective and experience as an inquisitive listener. I really liked what I read, in the sense that it's a real world story to which many people can probably relate and it was written in a non-confrontational way. In fact every audiophile I know, golden-eared or not, has at one time or another experienced something very similar to the follow story. I'm not pushing any agenda or endorsing a point of view by publishing this article. I simply think a worthwhile read for all who enjoy this hobby as much as I do.

    Here is a a re-written, more complete version of the post, sent to me for publication by the author Michael. ...
    by Published on 08-26-2015 12:41 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Digital Interface Converter,
    3. Digital to Analog Converter,
    4. Wireless,
    5. USB Interface,
    6. S/PDIF (BNC) Interface,
    7. S/PDIF (RCA) Interface,
    8. AES/EBU Interface,
    9. S/PDIF (TosLink) Interface,
    10. UPnP / DLNA,
    11. Preamp
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    The last couple audio events I attended I talked to consumers who were hesitant to purchase a new Digital to Analog Converter (DAC). The most common reason for this hesitation was that they weren't certain a DAC purchased today would satisfy their needs tomorrow, especially when they didn't even know their own needs today. What if I want to play this or play that or stream this or stream that? Those were common concerns at the events, but they have likely been on peoples' minds since high end digital audio began changing faster than is comfortable for most peoples' pocket books. I completely get it and I would likely be very frustrated if I were in the position of Joe Sixpack the average but dedicated audiophile.

    Based in Boucherville, a suburb of Montreal, on the South shore of the Saint Lawrence River, Simaudio understands consumer desire for a product that won't be obsolete as soon as it's setup on one's home. Not only that but, the people at Simaudio are incredibly down to Earth and manufacturer products that they would want to spend their hard earned money on as well. This equates to products that have terrific flexibility, upgradeability, and great sound quality and products that the hesitant audiophile should definitely consider. ...
    by Published on 08-20-2015 03:49 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. The Music In Me
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    It’s a remarkable, world-renowned event, and some of you will be going, so:

    Burning Man started in 1986 with twenty people on a beach in San Francisco, when a man asked friends to help him assuage the pain of a breakup by burning an effigy. A good time was had by all, and they reconvened there until the city refused them a permit, when they found the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada.

    By 1994, 2,000 people were gathering to celebrate… what exactly, I’m not sure, but it was great fun. I think they were celebrating… just being, and by then art had become the medium of exchange. I first went there in 1995, where I heard grumblings—from the 2,000 people who’d gone in ’94—that the event had gotten too large. But I heard the same thing again the next year from the 4,000 people who’d been there last year, when the attendance had grown to 8,000. This year they’ve capped attendance at 80,000, so grumble away, those who were there last year… ...
    by Published on 08-18-2015 03:16 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Software
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    To the computer audiophile, the convenience of having millions of tracks at your fingertips has always been hamstrung by quality issues. With the rise of Tidal and its lossless capabilities, streaming has really gotten a second look as a more legitimate source. Its appearance at audio shows is becoming more frequent (even if its use is often hidden from public view). So as with most intentions associated with the audiophile hobby, it should come no surprise that eventually steps to squeeze more fidelity out of this high-potential cloud-based service should come to market. ...