Music Is More Than Sound.  A Course in Music Appreciation -- Turns out music is like wine or food.  The more you know about how to enjoy it, the more enjoyment you derive.  There's a method I learned many years ago that's actually the beginning of my audiophile hobby.  It has never let me down.  It assures you hear and perceive every part of your music and enable each component to contribute to your musical listening pleasure.  Don't just know if you like it or hate it.  Know why and how to explain it. . .

Is this how your favorite music makes you feel?

Is this how your favorite music makes you feel?

Does Musical Enjoyment Require Spending Large?  How To Evaluate Hardware Performance -- Why let some egomaniac techie tell you what's good (or not) in a component or system?  Do you have a known method for discovering if you should spend the cash to acquire gear some guru loves?  Now you can learn all about how to evaluate stereo gear for yourself with confidence.  Find out how to separate the cream from the bull crap and get more value from your hardware spend.

A Glossary of Computer Audio.  Newbies would get a leg up if they could get some clear definition of some of our necessary-evil specialized geekspeak about what we're doing.  This will be a longer term project where I collect concepts and define them carefully so even us insiders will finally know what we're talking about.  It may turn into  a book.

Upcoming Posts

A Lazy Cheater's Guide to  I got tired of suggesting Qobuz and hearing people come back with "Eeeeww, it's all in French!  Where's the ENGLISH!"  So I'll soon post a cheat sheet for all those who are too lazy (or too Nationalist) to fire up Google Translate and make their own crib.  Why should your sloth (or petty nationalism) keep you from enjoying this fine streaming and download site where apparently nobody is afraid of some honest work because the site's rich features and functions keep our ears jammed full of great music of all kinds and stuffed with musical pleasure.  Stay tuned, you decadent beasts!  Even those who don't deserve it shall hear delicious vibrations.

My Current System In Detail.  Here's the lowdown on the system I listen to every day.  Audioengine's A5+ Speakers and S8 Subwoofer reproduce balanced, transparent, and natural music at a very affordable cost.  Fed through an AudioQuest Dragonfly DAC from a MacBook Pro, this desktop (?) rig sounds like the perfect replacement for my former (admittedly grandiose) tube audio system.  Three pieces (well maybe 3.1 including the DAC) and at 50 W RMS power it's capable of volumes beyond tolerance.  Fed music from DreamStreaming's source list, this system reaches Paradise proportions. 

AudioQuest Dragonfly.  How can all this gorgeous music come out of a gizmo the size of a USB flash drive?  It's the best value in a portable DAC I've found, though there are too many to count out there now and prices are dropping.  In this audio thing, it's all about how to assure you're money's well spent while your quality level is met. The answer is -- read and learn before you choose and buy. Get off the 3.5mm audio jack and into digital source. 

iPad could become the ultimate digital music server.

iPad could become the ultimate digital music server.

Development Project: Perfecting the Ultimate Digital Music Server

Surprise, it's iPad.  Didn't know iPad could do that?  Neither did I until just recently.  It's the bomb.  Great apps from digital source sites.  Streams HD audio to the highest resolution available online.  Streams from your hard drive or network attached storage.  All seamlessly and gracefully except for this one nagging issue that I'm working on resolving.  But it's still great for now.  Goodbye Transporter.  Hello iPad.  Goodbye NAS Drive, hello Cloud.  

More soon on the iHi-Fi Blog.