Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 27, 2016 2 comments
The leaves are turning once again in time with the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, CO which "features Mountains of Sound from the Affordable to the Absurd'". Next week, from Friday to Sunday, packs of audiophiles will descend on the Denver Marriott Tech Center in search of the affordable and the absurd? How about plain old fun.
Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 26, 2016 5 comments
List #1 is filled with typically Italian music but not including the usual suspects (Bocelli & Co). Enjoy.
Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 23, 2016 0 comments
Deux Filles are not "Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule [who] met as teenagers at a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule's mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque's mother was killed and her father paralyzed in a grisly auto accident." Nor did they bond over their shared grief working "through their bereavement with music." That was a story made up by Simon Fisher Turner and Colin Lloyd Tucker who made themselves up into Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule as Deux Filles realeasing two albums on their Papier Maché label, Silence & Wisdom (1982) and Double Happiness (1983), before hanging up their drag. Until now.
Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 22, 2016 6 comments
The new Mytek Brooklyn DAC does not sport a slicked back undercut, big beard, skinny jeans, a plaid shirt, and tattoos. Wrong neighborhood. What this Brooklyn sports is a preamplifier, a DSD256- and MQA-capable DAC, two headphone jacks which can be paired with a 4 pin XLR to 2 1/4 inch jacks for balanced headphones, a freakin' phono input (MM/MC), and a sculpted aluminum front panel in black (for a touch of Brooklyn) or "frosty silver".
Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 20, 2016 3 comments
Bill Parish of GTT Audio (left) and Dick Diamond of YG Acoustics

Each time I see GTT Audio's Bill Parish at a hi-fi show, we make the same joke along the lines of "We live less than 20 miles from each other, yet I only see you in ______ (fill in the blank (Denver, Vegas, etc.). When I received an invite from YG Acoustics Director of Sales & Marketing Dick Diamond to the Sonja XV press event at Bill's place, I said "Sure!"

Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 19, 2016 5 comments
The late 80s and early 90s were tough times for a teenage music nerd. Pop radio and MTV was all hair metal and watered-down hip-hop, there was no internet to foster discovery of new sounds, and the grunge movement had not yet ignited. Somehow I managed to latch onto some albums that wove big melodic hooks into songs with more than four chords. There tended to be good studio production and instrumentation that leant itself to close listening. While I did not know it at the time, these early exposures to recordings with aural depth set me on a path toward full-scale audio buffoonery.
Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 16, 2016 3 comments
"The new Bad Seeds is really sad, beautiful, and interesting." said Stephen in a text message. "Agreed. I'm nearly afraid to let it all in." was my response.
Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 14, 2016 25 comments
look ma, no 3.5mm headphone jack

While this isn't really AudioStream news, and Tyll over on InnerFidlity has this more than covered, I thought I'd add a word or two on Apple's headphone-jackless new iPhone; dongle, dongles.

Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 13, 2016 10 comments
When looking for music downloads to purchase, I search the following sites:
Filed under
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 12, 2016 3 comments
I’ve appreciated reading Mr. Lavorgna’s writings on all topics since stumbling onto his website “Twittering Machines” years ago while searching for more information about PJ Harvey (listen) or maybe it was Don Cherry’s album Art Deco (listen). I’ve really appreciated Audiostream and the Lovely Recording submissions and, wanting to help out, have struggled with the below off and on since Mr. Lavorgna first made a request for submissions.