December 2013 archive

A New Entry on Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile

Thanks to Scot at Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile for giving me repeated opportunities to vent. Here’s the latest puff of steam: reviews of releases by Harold Budd, Cian Nugent & the Cosmos and John Lemke, plus other assorted seasonal merriment.

Favorite Releases of 2013

Farthest South “Spheres & Constellations” (FarSouthWest Records) CD/DL

Yair Yona has a studio in Tel Aviv*. He and his fellow members of Farthest South prefer just to hit “start” and begin playing. And playing. If they like it, they release it. The latest result is Spheres & Constellations. Your mileage may vary, but I don’t recommend listening to this while driving. It’s more …

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Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” score (w/ bonus tracks) on DSD

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 1983 score to Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence has been reissued in Japan as a 2xCD set with an extra disc of bonus tracks. As of yesterday, December 16th, e-onkyo has high resolution files on sale (including DSF 5.6MHz for a mere $68). Also available digitally is the solo piano version of the score, …

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A Stable Streaming Rig Has Landed

I bought a PS Audio Bridge about a year ago. I got it new for $599 on ebay (about $200 off list). I felt quite clever, having obtaining this bargain of an advanced audio streaming card for my PerfectWave II DAC. Then I spent days (and by days I mean weeks) trying to coax the …

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