In Brooklyn: totaldac d1-direct DAC

[Editor’s Note: “In Brooklyn” is just like “In Barn”, a post featuring gear that’s in for review with pricing, features, and specs, when available,  only the person doing the reviewing in Brooklyn is Alex Halberstadt] The totaldac d1-direct DAC (17,450euros excl VAT out of Europe).


Books and Company

The Isaac Mendoza Book Company, situated at 15 Ann Street in NY, NY, first opened its doors in 1894 making it the oldest bookstore in the city before it closed its doors for good on February 28, 1990.  I worked downtown from 1986 to 1994, […]


SiriusXM vs. Everyone

We know that technological progress can outpace the law. The music industry is one such poster child where existing copyright law is as old as the hills, with some legislation dating back to 1909. The last major re-visit occurred in 1998, which is still B.S. […]

Album of the Week

Album of the Week: Ipek Gorgun

Ecce homo, “behold the man”, are the words spoken by Pontius Pilate as he presented a bound and crowned Jesus Christ to the angry masses before the Crucifixion. It has been referenced throughout history by painters, writers, poets, and philosophers. I owned a copy of […]


Where Were You?

I was commuting into Brooklyn on my way to work on September 11, 2001. Our train stopped about 250′ shy of the Hoboken station, which was not an unusual occurrence. I buried my head back into my book, Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End […]


Quote of the Day

Quote of the day: “From the very beginning of her career, Paula [Cooper] recognized the ways that all the visual and performing arts were becoming intertwined, speaking to one another. And when she started hosting happenings and performances in her gallery, she helped elevate some of […]

Album of the Week

Album of the Week: Kan Wakan

Kan Wakan is Gueorgui Linev, a Bulgarian born, LA-based composer and producer. Phantasmagoria Vol. 1 is his new record, the first of a planed trilogy, featuring vocalist Elle Olsun, drummers Ian Chang (Son Lux) and Gene Coye (Flying Lotus), and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. All […]

HiFi Reviews

Micromega M.A.R.S. Room EQ

I know some people poo poo on DSP and I get it for analog purists. But within the realm of digital, poo poo’ing on DSP is like refusing to use post-processing on your digital pics. The Micromega M-One offers the optional M.A.R.S. (Micromega Acoustic Room […]