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    by Published on 01-31-2011 01:54 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Blu-ray Ripping

    June 7, 2009 I published an article about ripping audio from Blu-ray discs. That was the last time I ripped audio from a Blu-ray. The whole process is nothing like ripping a CD and is not worth the effort for the most part. Even with new software programs that make it a bit easier to rip these discs, for the average Joe ripping Blu-ray audio is a disaster. Fortunately there is a technology that solves this whole Blu-ray ripping issue. It's called mShuttle and it puts an end to ripping Blu-ray audio discs. I saw mShuttle in action at the AES convention last year, but had not actuated used this technology until very recently. Now that I have personal experience with mShuttle I can honestly say that every Blu-ray audio disc should include mShuttle technology.
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    by Published on 01-23-2011 12:04 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Digital Interface Converter,
    3. Digital to Analog Converter,
    4. USB Interface,
    5. S/PDIF (RCA) Interface,
    6. AES/EBU Interface,
    7. S/PDIF (TosLink) Interface

    The year was 2005. I had just sold my first "real" audio system as I moved into an apartment before beginning law school. My Nelson Pass designed Adcom GFP-750, GFA-5802 and GCD-750 and B&W Nautilus 802 loudspeakers were of little use to me with neighbors inches away on all sides. Needing to scratch the audiophile itch I purchased a Lexicon RT-10 universal disc player, Musical Fidelity X-CAN v3 and X-PSU v3, Sennheiser HD600s, and Grado RS-1 headphones. This small relatively inexpensive system was my first introduction to United Kingdom based Musical Fidelity. I enjoyed the whole system tremendously until I replaced it with a MacBook Pro and Benchmark DAC1 USB a couple years later. Near the end of 2010 the new Musical Fidelity North American distributor reintroduced me to the brand and sent the M1DAC, M1HPA, and V-Link here for review. These two M Series components combined with the V-Link asynchronous USB to S/PDIF converter are far better than my original X-v3 Series system and in the same league as the one-piece powerhouses from Benchmark, Grace Design, and Lavry Engineering. A great feature of the Musical Fidelity system, that none of the aforementioned single units offer, is its modular approach separating the DAC, headphone pre/amplifier, and the asynchronous USB to S/PDIF converter. This flexibility combined with very good sound at a reasonable price should place these components on many reader's audition lists.
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    by Published on 01-10-2011 12:38 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

    Day three of CES 2011 I split my time between the Venetian and the Mirage. The Venetian is the official home of CES high performance audio and the Mirage is the unofficial home for a few well known high-end audio companies each year. I started the morning meeting with Classé to follow up on our initial meeting at CES 2010. Last year Classé was in the beginning stages of designing a USB enabled product. This year Classé is showing the fruits of its labor. Few USB implementations surprise me or catch me off guard like the new Classé CP-800 did this year. The Musical Fidelity suite at the Mirage displayed new products, existing products, and offered a nice asynchronous versus adaptive USB comparison using the new and existing MuFi products. At the Venetian Computer Audiophile reader favorite Weiss Engineering displayed one of the most popular products of 2010 and a new prototype products that could be a product of the year sometime in the future.
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    by Published on 01-08-2011 04:55 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. 2011 Consumer Electronics Show


    Day two at CES 2011 was full of great products, impressive sound, and great music. New products from Auraliti based on solid engineering and backed by objective measurements are on the way. I was very impressed by the sound achieved in the Bryston / Thiel suite as well as the Magnepan / Brston suite. Plus the relatively low price tag of the systems in each room was equally impressive. In the TAD suite Bill Schnee of Bravura Records presented a handful of his 24/192 live to two-track recordings. The music was great as was Bill's commentary and sense of humor.
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    by Published on 01-07-2011 04:07 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

    CES 2011 day one is in the books. I spent the day walking floors 29,30,34, and 35 at the Venetian. These four floors are the main high performance audio areas at CES. I didn't cover every suite on these floors today, but there should be plenty of time over the next three days to see many more of the high end exhibits. My highlights from day one are products from MSB, seductive sound from Quad, and reference level sound from Magico. It also was great to see and hear the dCS 24/192 asynchronous USB implementation in the Debussy DAC, the Audio Research DAC8 with the new Magnepan 3.7 loudspeakers, and a few other very nice high end components from Resolution Audio, Dan D'Agostino, Bel Canto, and Pass Labs. The most over-the-top product of the day was easily the new Boulder 400+ lbs. 3050 monoblock amplifiers.
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    by Published on 12-31-2010 02:05 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Music

    2010 is over and it’s time to look back and reminisce about what makes this hobby so wonderful. Music. Without music our well designed and frequently very expensive components would be nothing but paperweights and room heaters. Over the last twelve months I’ve purchased more music than any previous year. An increasing percentage of this music was high resolution and downloaded legally via the Internet. Along with more high resolution material came an increased demand for storage. I was forced to increase the size of my Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit from five to ten terabytes. That said the vast majority of the music I purchased in 2010 was on plain old Redbook 16 bit / 44.1 kHz Compact Discs. What follows is my top fifteen of 2010. A list of albums that lit up the hard drives here at Computer Audiophile. Some of these selections were released in 2010 while others were new to me in 2010 or simply albums that I couldn’t stop playing throughout 2010.
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