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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 24, 2016 0 comments
I flip-flopped all week. I even asked Art Dudley to help me out, which he did. I went from pseudo-bluegrass, to roots guitar, to songs about puberty, to a band from Montclair, but nothing felt right. Then I realized I was trying too hard, which is kinda funny in a not-so-funny way, if you think about it.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 23, 2016 10 comments
Junior
If you're looking for senior, that would be the PS Audio DirectStream (see review). Junior came into being with lots of senior's genes, of greatest import the FPGA-based digital processing engine developed by Ted Smith. The company then went about saving costs in less critical areas and Junior was born. The question on most people's minds may very well be—how far did Junior fall from the tree?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 22, 2016 6 comments
[Editors Note: Reader Leon Yiu sent me a series of very interesting emails related to listening to high-res music, the Nyquist Shannon Sampling theory, and "...I have found academic research which disproves the logic in Monty's [Montgomery] claim regarding sampling rates that so long as you have a sampling rate over twice the frequency rate, it will be reproduced perfectly." Leon also included a link to the paper "Sampling: What Nyquist Didn’t Say, and What to Do About It". I'd like to thank Leon for pointing me to this paper and I'd like to thank Tim Wescott of Wescott Design Services for his kind permission to reproduce it here in its entirety. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 21, 2016 6 comments
Last Wednesday I drove down to retailer World Wide Stereo (WWS) in Montgomerville, PA where I tagged along with AudioQuest's Steve Silberman as he computer-audio-enabled WWS. The back story: Bob Cole, the owner of WWS, got into a discussion regarding computer audio with Steve some months back and Steve shared how AudioQuest sees CA as one of the most vibrant growth areas of consumer electronics. Bob immediately said, "then we need to get serious and get into that space". And here we are.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 20, 2016 4 comments
Hey East Coast Mike! This is West Coast Mike. Also born in 1961 and a fan of your column (not entirely your music taste though). Also have two kids and a wife. Took a stab at doing a "Lovely Recordings" list for your column.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 17, 2016 2 comments
I've had a soft spot for Norwegian composer Maja Ratkje's hard music for years. Beyond her solo work, the music of Fe-Mail is a particular favorite for its SPUNK (another of Ratkje's bands) and noise. I have her solo album Stalker on picture disc! (Important Records, 2006) and have played it for a few good friends who don't mind a little pain with their pleasure. Crepuscular Hour, released on Rune Grammofon in May of this year, adds hauntingly beautiful choral music and church organ to Ratkje's electronic noise for an hour-long journey into the heart of darkness, and light.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Jun 16, 2016 14 comments
Andreas Koch, Founder, CEO, and Engineer along with Bert Gerlach, Engineer have recently released the new Playback Designs Sonoma Series that includes the Syrah Server, Merlot DAC, and OpBox conversion kit for the Oppo103 Blu-ray Disc Player. Another component in the Sonoma series is also slated for release called the Pinot that is an Analog Digital Convertor. I’m sure a number of you have noticed that the Sonoma Series has named the products after fine wines. Andreas previously worked for Sony developing the first native DSD recorder and workstation. Sony’s chairman at that time felt that DSD’s potential and performance was similar to a good wine; hence the name Sonoma for the workstation. Andreas’ view of musical experiences and fine wine:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 15, 2016 5 comments
The Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) has formed the Open Music Initiative (OMI) to create "a global, open sourced platform, providing technology for a shared ledger of music creators and rights owners". Why? According to Ty Roberts, Universal Music Group's Chief Technology Officer, "...to promote development of comprehensive, fair and efficient compensation structures to capture the value generated by music and music-related content, and properly reward the creative talent responsible for it." Better late than never!
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 14, 2016 90 comments
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 14, 2016 25 comments

Of late, I've decided to work from the NYC office every other Wednesday. My commute consists of a roughly hour drive to Hoboken, a PATH ride to 33rd Street, and the few block walk to 261 Madison Ave. As such, I carry a bag with stuff in it and at Jana's suggestion, here are some of its contents.

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