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    by Published on 08-10-2010 11:23 AM
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    2. Appearances

    Join Computer Audiophile at Listen Up in Colorado for Digital Music Matters. Myself, David Solomon of Peachtree Audio, and Adrian Eiben of Sonos will be talking about nothing but digital audio for three nights. The events will take place in Colorado Springs August 24, Denver August 25, and Boulder August 26. I'll be talking about how to get the best audiophile sound quality form a music server as well as sharing some tips and tricks related to computer audio. As usual I'll have plenty of high resolution material to play through a number of great audio systems at Listen Up. I hope to see many of the Computer Audiophile readers during this trip. Read more for RSVP information and the official event postcard. I look forward to seeing many of you there :~)
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    by Published on 08-04-2010 12:20 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Speakers,
    3. Wireless

    I’ve used the Sonos S5 ZonePlayer for the last several weeks and have really grown to like the unit. At first I was skeptical and thought an Apple Airport Express based system would easily equal or better a Sonos system. After setting up the Sonos S5 a couple times and using it via the desktop and iPhone interfaces, not only do I like the all-in-one system, but I am certain the S5 is perfect for its target market. The simplicity and comparatively good sound quality of the S5 make it a luddite's luxury.
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    by Published on 07-27-2010 12:12 AM
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    2. Bits & Bytes,
    3. Downloads / Streaming

    Not only is the new Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers release Mojo available for download at 24 bit /48 kHz, but Tom's Producer and Engineer Ryan Ulyate recommends Computer Audiophile as, "A very good resource for information on Hi-End computer audio and DACs." I have to say this is really neat news for me and I hope it's just as neat for the CA readers and contributors. I encourage everyone considering Tom's new album to purchases a version that includes the higher resolution download. The 24/48 version has little or no dynamic range compression and sounds pretty good. Plus purchasing this album is a wonderful way to tell everyone from the artists to the producers and engineers that we care about better quality and are willing to spend money to obtain this quality.
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    by Published on 07-18-2010 04:44 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. DVD-Audio Ripping

    The current selection of high resolution downloads is growing weekly, but is still inadequate for most music aficionados. The most frequently voiced displeasure relates to the lack of "popular" music available at resolutions equal to or greater than rebook CD (16 bit / 44.1 kHz). Most audiophiles don't realize a great source of "popular" high resolution material is already sitting on their shelves, and can still be purchased new/used and be ripped to their music server. Although seasoned computer audiophiles have been ripping DVDs for years most audiophiles making the move to a computer based system have no idea these discs can be ripped and certainly have no idea how it's done. That's 100% normal and not a slight on newbies here on Computer Audiophile. Nobody is born with this knowledge. Readers must learn at some point how to rip this great music to their music servers. What follows is a step by step guide to ripping DVD-Audio discs, ripping the audio from DVD-Video concerts, and ripping HDAD discs.
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    by Published on 07-11-2010 09:07 PM
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    2. Appearances

    Computer Audiophile readers are invited to join me at Century Stereo in San Jose, CA Wednesday July 14, 2010. This event will be similar to the event at Music Lovers Audio in April. David Solomon from Peachtree Audio will discuss computer based audio as it relates to the Peachtree products. I will talk about music server configuration, Mac v Windows, CD ripping, bit transparency, and many of the topics discussed here on CA. I will also be fielding questions until the doors close or we are forcefully removed from the premises. I look forward to meeting more Computer Audiophile readers and talking computer based audio until I'm blue in the face. Read more for specific event details.
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    by Published on 07-05-2010 02:28 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Bits & Bytes

    I continually research methods and products to improve sound quality, music server performance, and convenience all with audiophiles in mind. This research includes, among other things, talking to many manufacturers, engineers, dealers, and CA readers from around the globe. It's always nice to hear what other people are doing to improve their music listing experience. As some readers know I've been researching isolation devices to isolate the computer from audio components, shared power sources, and noisy switching power supplies. Like everything else in life I found there is more than one way to get the isolation job done. My conversations with engineers have ranged from those who recommend as much isolation as possible to those who recommend virtually no isolation other than what's built into the components. Using these conversations and my own searches I've put together a handful of products Computer Audiophile readers may want to investigate. As always, don't take any one person's word about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of these products. Read information from as many sources as possible and try out the products for yourself if feasible.
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