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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 24, 2017 2 comments
My favorite post from CES 2017 is the video compilation CES 2017: A Video Snapshot over on Stereophile put together by Jana Dagdagan. It's my favorite because it gives a good sense of the people and personalities within our industry. Too often these details go unnoticed, or worse still, purposefully ignored which can have a dehumanizing affect. While it should go without saying, the people in the hi-fi business are people, too.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 23, 2017 15 comments
I bet you didn't see that coming, or maybe you did. Certainly the swell of Tidal doubters and their death knells were, shall we say, premature.
NEW YORK and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Jan. 23, 2017 – Global music and entertainment platform TIDAL and Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today an unprecedented partnership that will soon give Sprint’s 45 million retail customers unlimited access to exclusive artist content not available anywhere else.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 23, 2017 0 comments
My parents are real characters.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 20, 2017 1 comments
A voice like sweet summer rain. I don't recall how I ended up on Julie Byrne's Bandcamp page, but I did. This was late last year, before Not Even Happiness was released, but there were a few tracks available to sample. After a few bars of "Follow My Voice", I was in, ready to follow her voice some more.
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Steven Plaskin Posted: Jan 19, 2017 5 comments
PS Audio’s new DirectStream Memory Player builds on the success of its predecessor, the PerfectWave Memory Player, with a new design that they feel is state-of-the-art in the extraction of data from multiple disc sources. PS Audio is not new to the design of disc players having introduced the PerfectWave Transport in 2009. The DirectStream Memory Player represents an evolution of technology that has resulted in a highly versatile disc player.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 18, 2017 127 comments
Register to win a pair of AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones ($699.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.

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Joe Surdna Posted: Jan 17, 2017 2 comments
The thing about living in a post truth era is that that your house and the ambient atmosphere is filled with wifi-blutoothed-airdropped-4g radio waves, but your private space also swirls and eddies with a virtual maelstrom of highly crafted bits of information often described as "facts." For some there is a sense of ambient confusion and despair. Then again there is music, which does not rely either on facts or sometimes (not always)—words. Music has no part in the world of facts and information yet surfs on the incoming energies of the time. This is music for how it feels right now. We plough onward, one step at a time, hoping expectantly for constant surprises.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 17, 2017 1 comments
The biggest and most meaningful buzz from CES 2017 was . . . Prince. As I explained, Jonathan Derda was playing "Avalanche" from the Club-members-only album One Nite Alone... and I was told I must hear "Avalanche" in the MoFi room by Stephen Mejias. After hearing it, I passed on the word.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 16, 2017 3 comments
I grew up in a family of classical musicians, so I was surrounded by it from my earliest memories, whether listening to it or playing it. As I grew up, I made my own explorations into other genres and lucky enough to stumble upon some great stuff over the pre-internet years.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2017 2 comments
Released today on Young Turks, I See You is The xx's third full-length and first since 2012's Coexist. Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie xx have scratched away the surface of their previous efforts producing a brighter, more raw, and musically adventurous set of songs. Don't worry—grief is still in full sway.

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