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AudioStream October 2015


RMAF 2015 Show Report!
Michael Lavorgna reports live from audio's biggest public show in Denver Colorado.

The Morrow Audio High-end Digital Cable with SSI Technology Sweepstakes
Register to win a Morrow Audio High-end Digital Cable with SSI Technology (MSRP $$89.00) we are giving away.

A Listening Party In The Barn
Last week, John Atkinson of Stereophile (but you already knew that) and John DeVore of DeVore Fidelity took the roughly 60-mile trip from Brooklyn to the wilds of NJ for a listening session in the barn. The agenda? Fun.

We're 4!
AudioStream officially launched at the end of September 2011. We're 4! With over 275 product reviews, more than 50 interviews, 180 music reviews, 1,600 total posts and 14,000+ comments, things have been...brisk. What's next?

Google's Chromecast Audio: The $35 Streamer
Cheap and easyx2 (easy to get and easy to use). Google's new Chromecast Audio disc-shaped streamer ($35) connects to your WiFi network (802.11ac 2.4GHz/5Ghz) which allows you to remote control it from your iOS or Android device, Chromebook, Mac, or Windows laptop, while offering a 3.5mm analog out and optical digital out to connect to your DAC of choice.

Everyman's Hi-Fi Future: Are Downloads Dead?
7digital has recently announced they are supporting up to 24-bit/192kHz streaming through Google Cast compatible products including Google's Chromecast, LG Music Flow speakers, Denon HEOS, and a number of Sony products including receivers, soundbars, and WiFi speakers.

Download of the Week: King Midas Sound / Fennesz
Kevin Martin, aka The Bug, along with Roger Robinson and vocalist Kiki Hitomi have teamed up with Austrian guitarist / electronic musician Fennesz for Editions 1 (Ninja Tune) a foray into dreamy static-filled skies.

SOtM sMS-1000SQ
I favorably reviewed the SOtM sMS-1000U Music Server back in 2013 (see review). Since then, SOtM has been working on their flagship music server that now comes with the "SQ" model designation. Among the upgrades from "U" to "SQ" is a standard Solid State Drive (32G SSD for OS), a high quality audio grade USB 3.0 host card using the company's tX-USBexp PCI express USB 3.0 host interface card, external power option for the audio USB output, and a "much improved ultra low noise regulator, jitter clock and active noise canceler." The idea being, better sound.

The Lossless Self, By Elizabeth Newton
I big thank you! to my friend Stephen Mejias for pointing me to The Lossless Self by Elizabeth Newton. It is among the most cogent, coherent, and thoughtful essays I've ever read on our hi-fi hobby.

The UpTone Audio USB REGEN and the AudioQuest JitterBug
Michael Lavorgna recently did an excellent job reviewing the UpTone Audio USB REGEN and the AudioQuest JitterBug as well as comparing the sonic effects of these devices with each other (see Review). But due to the significant reader interest in these new products, our esteemed editor thought it would be a great idea to get a second take on these products.

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