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The trouble with iTunes 15

Posted 7 years ago

Through our mini series on streaming audio we’ve learned how iTunes finds and plays a track on your hard drive but we haven’t yet learned why programs that circumvent iTunes, like Amarra, Pure Music and Bit Perfect exist at all. If you’ve managed to keep up with streaming audio in the magazines, you may have […]
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Conversions 0

Posted 7 years ago

My parents always wanted to convert me from anentrepreneurto a guy with a job working for someone else. My mother, in particular, was terrified I wouldn’t be able to feed my family working for myself. Moms. When it comes to streaming audio, however, we have no choice but to agree to be converted or we […]
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Dizzying array of formats 0

Posted 7 years ago

We’re progressing nicely through what it takes to stream music and we’re still focusing on what it takes to play a track on your computer and get it to your DAC via USB. We started this section on streaming with an observation: when you stream audio through a fixed cable connection between your computer and […]
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Connecting the music 4

Posted 7 years ago

Yesterday’s post showed us what happens when you press play in iTunes (or any music player program) and we’re in the middle of a series on streaming audio that I hope you find interesting or, at least, informative. The track title you see in iTunes is really just a memory location and when you press […]
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Where it plays matters 0

Posted 7 years ago

The two means of getting streaming audio to your DAC is via a direct cable tethered to your computer or a network solution. With a direct cable you’re always in close distance to your computer, with a network solution your player and computer can be miles apart if you want. While this is a fairly […]
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Driving the music 5

Posted 7 years ago

When we think of streaming audio we probably gloss over all that’s involved – and there’s a lot involved. You’d think streaming audio should be as easy as selecting what you want to hear, pressing a button and getting it to play. In some cases it’s that easy, such as using Apple’s Airplay option, but […]
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Expressing 4

Posted 7 years ago

Yesterday I promised to tell you about an extremely affordable streaming device that is super easy to connect to. The unit has both a built in WIFI and Ethernet port, a digital S/PDIF output capable of 96kHz 24 bit audio to connect to your existing DAC plus an internal 96kHz 24 bit Wolfson DAC and […]
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Streaming 1

Posted 7 years ago

I got a request from one of my readers to post a few columns on streaming audio and so this will be the first of several that cover that much talked about subject. First let’s cover what is streaming audio because there’s a lot of misconceptions about it. In its most fundamental definition streaming audio […]
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Addicted 5

Posted 7 years ago

I try and run each morning before work because it helps my energy levels stay up during the busy day. Sometimes it’s a real struggle to get moving and stick with it, but music helps keep my mind somewhere other than with the effort of the run. I tried using my phone and a pair […]
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Trade offs 8

Posted 7 years ago

I miss the routine of choosing an album, removing it from its sleeve, washing the record, cleaning the needle, placing the tone arm just so and hearing the first contact in the groove and the subsequent ticks and pops just before the glorious music plays from the speakers- this is something I almost never do […]
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It's the least I can do 6

Posted 7 years ago

We’re ending our series on separates with a bit of a summary and a cautionary note. We’ve seen that when you set out to design a separate, whether its purpose is one of added functionality or improved performance, that separate must stand on its own in a world of unknown connections and situations – thus […]
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Here's the dilemma 8

Posted 7 years ago

We are right in the middle of designing products for 2013 and among those products is a pet one of mine: an integrated. I believe today’s Audiophile wants fewer boxes without sacrificing performance and I intend to provide that to them. In that integrated I want basically everything I need to run a system – […]
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Swiss army knives 7

Posted 7 years ago

When you buy a Swiss army knife your expectation is greater functionality and utility in a single package – it is not that you believe you now have the world’s best screwdriver, knife or saw blade. The miracle of a Swiss army knife is how much they can pack into a single package not how […]
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My first separates 18

Posted 7 years ago

In 1973 my system consisted of a Kenwood integrated amplifier and pair of Phased Array loudspeakers (precursorsto the Dahlquist brand). The Kenwood had very little power to drive these loudspeakers, sounded pretty bad, and I got convinced by one of my buddies to move to separates and get rid of the integrated. Soon I had […]
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Functionality or performance? 6

Posted 7 years ago

You can break the need for separates into two neat categories: added functionality, improved performance. If, for example, your system is CD based and you decide to add a turntable, you’ll need a separate phono amplifier if your preamp doesn’t already have one built in. Or, perhaps you are not happy with the performance of […]
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Turntables and radios 5

Posted 7 years ago

Yesterday we gave a little history on the amazing invention of the “talking machine” that, for the first time in the history of mankind, allowed millions of people to enjoy music in their homes. And not just any music, but the music of the masters of that day. Imagine having the great Caruso singing for […]
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Separates 8

Posted 7 years ago

The separates category in high-end audio is one that is continually occupying my thought process. On the one hand the idea of multiple dedicated boxes allows us to add specific functions to our systems – each with its own independent ecosystem – in an attempt to wring out the very best sound possible in audio […]
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Ketchup and separates 7

Posted 7 years ago

My good friend Jim Cohen is a world renown chef and makes the tastiest ketchup you’ve ever tried. Compared to Heinz or your favorite supermarket ketchup, Jim’s is just head and shoulders better than anything I’ve ever tried. We could easily say Jim’s ketchup is high-end. Heinz is everywhere: it’s convenient, tastes good (not great) […]
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Getting bass right 7

Posted 7 years ago

In yesterday’s post I discussed the fact that there are basically only two ways to connect a modern powered subwoofer: with a high level or a low level input. The vast majority of subwoofers today no longer offering a high level input because Audiophiles are probably ok adding another cable and with the rise of […]
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Feeding a sub 6

Posted 7 years ago

I was ready to jump onto a different subject than setup today but a number of you have asked me to at least touch on how to connect a sub and make sure it integrates properly in the system – which is interesting and surprising to me because I have come to learn most people […]
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Music and rooms 1

Posted 7 years ago

After reading through our series on rooms and tuning, my son Scott suggested I watch a video by Talking Heads leader David Byrne on how architecture changed music. This talk, available on the wonderful TED Series, is an extraordinary piece of information and I was pleasantly surprised at what I learned. If you have a […]
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Actually measure what you have 9

Posted 7 years ago

When I used to be a part of loudspeaker manufacturing at Genesis one of the tools we relied on the most was something called an RTA. This stands for Real Time Analyzer and while the one we used was part of a fancy computer program called MLSSA(Maximum Length Sequence Analyzer) it was, none the less, […]
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Lasering 2

Posted 7 years ago

Our series on setting up your system for best advantage talked a lot about measuring and making sure your loudspeakers are spot on in terms of distance to the rear wall, distance to your listening position, equidistance toe in, setback, etc. All these measurements are quite critical because at higher frequencies the wavelengths can be […]
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The last link 13

Posted 7 years ago

As you can imagine, every room and every system and situation are different. It is nearly impossible to give good all-purpose advice that’s specific to anyone’s stereo system and what we’re trying to do in this series of posts is give you some generalized understanding of how everything works and interacts so you can tweak […]
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I'm so diffused 1

Posted 7 years ago

The first time I can remember anyone paying attention to room treatment was back in the mid 1970’s when the local manager of our Pacific Stereo store added a brick surface to the wall behind his loudspeakers, a pair of Bose 901 Direct Reflectors, in an effort to provide a “perfect” reflective surface for the […]
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