Chromecast Audio – First Impressions

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I’ve been using the recently announced Chromecast Audio for the past few days. I never tried the original Chromecast with the HDMI connection as I already had a multitude of video streaming options. But the new Chromecast Audio is focused on AUDIO! This merits a closer look… The specs for Chromecast Audio (CA from now on) are online and don’t bear … Read More

How To Build A Budget Music Server and Streamer

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Streaming seems the be the hot trend in the music business right now.  Apple has finally unveiled their offering, Apple Music, which joins a crowded field.  Spotify is the market leader, with companies like Pandora, Rdio, Slacker, Tidal, Rhapsody (my family’s choice, which I find underappreciated), and a host of others also vying for listeners ears.  The “any music, any time” convenience of these … Read More

What does MP3 do to music?

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What, exactly, does MP3 compression do to music? I’m not asking how MP3 works, as there are volumes of mostly incomprehensible texts written on that subject.  And I’m not asking whether MP3 sounds great, or is the purest form of evil ever foisted on mankind.  The flames of those wars are still burning bright.  I’m just innocently asking a question: … Read More

Good Sound (Part 3) – What Matters?

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In the previous entry in this blog series I described how I go about designing for good sound.  The design process involves the three key elements of modeling , measuring , and listening.  So far, so good.  But what exactly should you model or measure?  And what are you trying to hear when you listen?  In short, what actually matters? … Read More

How to Connect a Subwoofer to Powered Speakers

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We have received a number of questions recently about the best way to connect a subwoofer to a set of powered speakers, in particular the Transparent One speakers.  First off, we always recommend if you are in the process of purchasing a set of powered speakers that you set up your speakers and listen to them a while before you … Read More

Good Sound (Part 2) – How Does Vanatoo Design for Good Sound?

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There has been a rather contentious debate within the audio community for years between the subjectivists, who like to listen, and the objectivists, who like to measure.  The argument goes that the  pure music listeners hear what they hope to hear, whether it’s real or not, and that the scientists apparently can’t hear at all, and don’t know good sound … Read More

Good Sound (Part 1) – What is ‘Good Sound’?

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As I walked through the door of the restaurant with my friend Paul I thought “cool, this place has live music.”  I looked into the back of the room and then around the sides as we took our table.  My mind was in a bit of a tizzy.  The music had just stopped, but what had been playing was live.  But … Read More

Analog, Coax, Optical, or USB – Which Input is Best?

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With today’s modern audio equipment many times you have choices of which technology to use to transport music from one piece of music equipment to another ( e.g. analog, coax, optical and USB).  The obvious question to ask is “Is there a difference between them?” and if the answer is yes then “What is the best one to use?”.  Well the simple … Read More

Macworld/iWorld 2014

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For the first time, Vanatoo participated in the Macworld/iWorld show in March 2014.  While we have presented the Transparent One powered speakers at a number of audiophile shows in the past like Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and THE Show, this was the first time we attended a show that didn’t have audio as its main focus.  You might wonder how … Read More

Rackspace’s Robert Scoble interviews Gary Gesellchen

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A couple of the great things about running a small business are the people you meet and the skills you develop. Because you end-up wearing many different hats, you encounter people that you’d never meet in a “normal” more specialized career. And because of all of those hats, you find yourself learning skills in areas you could safely ignore in … Read More