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    by Published on 12-03-2008 01:53 PM
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    It's finally here! Songbird version 1.0.0 was released to the public yesterday. Songbird is the first real contender to challenge iTunes in the music playback department on a Mac. Sure there are other applications like Play and VLC but neither one is a contender in my opinion. Right now Songbird is available for Windows, OS X, and Linux. Songbird without a doubt has the most potential of any available music application today. The single reason is that Songbird is open source and has the world developing add-ons and improvements for the application. Currently in it's "new born" state Songbird does have some drawbacks. On the positive side Songbird is bit perfect! ...
    by Published on 11-29-2008 12:40 AM
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    Earlier this week I published my extremely inexpensive music server based on a Dell Insprion 530. Now it's time to introduce everyone to the absolutely silent audiophile music server I've assembled in the last few days. Based on the Zalman TNN 300 PC case, this Windows XP system is worth the extra money in my opinion. No fans and no spinning hard drives equate to a very different user experience. Something seems amiss without any noise coming from a music server. If you've ever been in an electric or hybrid automobile you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about. We need some noisy feedback so we know everything is working. In the past this has always been from loud PC fans, power supplies, and hard drives. With this silent music server the only indication that it's still alive is the blue power light on the front of the case. It's very similar to adding a solid state power amp to your system.
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    by Published on 11-23-2008 10:50 PM
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    2. Music Servers

    It all started with a little post via the Computer Audiophile Twitter page. "Working on arguably the best computer based audio solution available. It is so inexpensive you won't believe it!" Since that original hint was dropped I've received countless emails and posts through the CA forum asking about this system. I've delayed publishing an article about this very inexpensive system because I wanted to be absolutely certain it could perform with the best systems available. Right now I am absolutely certain this system is capable of matching or exceeding the sound quality from any system I've ever heard, hard disk or compact disc based. The time has come to reveal the music server that's capable of reference quality sound for less than $1,040. ...
    by Published on 11-20-2008 12:58 AM
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    One year ago today, November 20, 2007, I started Computer Audiophile. On that first day the site had zero visitors. The total number of visitors during the first week was zero. Nine days after the site launched the visitors started to arrive. All three of them! One year later Computer Audiophile is viewed in 165 countries around the world and the number of readers continues to grow dramatically every week. Some great components have been reviewed over the last year and some not so great components have been sent packing back to the manufacturer. But reviews are only a small percentage of the site's information. Thanks to all the readers the Computer Audiophile forums are a very enjoyable place full of great information, very intelligent people, and an atmosphere like no other. ...
    by Published on 11-19-2008 02:28 PM
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    2. Music Servers,
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    In Home Entertainment Magazine's December 2008 issue Peter Roth writes Computer Audio 101: Revving Up A New Spin For CD Playback. In the article Peter covers some basics for those very new to the game. He also marches up the high-end ladder quite a ways with the Weiss Minerva and the Wavelength Audio Cosecant. Having talked to Peter about the article several months ago I was hoping he would give CA a nod in the article and he sure did. Roth says, "After picking the brains of several industry gurus and surveying on-point forums e.g. ComputerAudiophile.com and AudioAsylum.com..." It's great to see the site mentioned in print.


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    by Published on 11-15-2008 11:46 PM
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    I think it's time to catch up a little bit on what's happening here at Computer Audiophile. Everyday I'm on the phone and emailing several people around the world about high-end computer based audio. Some of the discussions have to remain private until an official press release but the other stuff I'm going to start sharing with everyone when appropriate. Much more to come in this area. This week I received the Sonic Studio 304 / Amarra system (see photo) and picked up the Bel Canto USB Link (see photos) at Bel Canto headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. I also setup my fabulous sounding and cheap music server that I'll be sharing with everyone very soon. I've had the formula in my head for a while, but I wanted to listen to the system a bit more before I told the world that it works excellent. Also in the Computer Audiophile news, CA's first birthday, Apple's Remote application 1.1.1 update, and some equipment reviews waiting to be published. ...

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