Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 25, 2016 12 comments
in a men's room at RMAF 2016

"Should I sell my DAC, which I love, to buy an MQA DAC right now?"

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 20, 2016 4 comments
I needed some respite after RMAF to regroup and reinvest my time in listening. Here's the barn's new (old) barn light which is one change of two.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 04, 2016 14 comments
From my 2011 RMAF Show Report:
I'd say that based on what I heard, saw and felt at RMAF 2011, we're in for one helluva musical journey ahead.
AudioStream launched just prior to RMAF 2011 which means we're about to cover our 6th RMAF. One question I'd ask today—does the descriptor "Computer Audio" still make sense?
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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!"

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 08, 2016 20 comments
Here are some words from my previous reviews of the DACs from totaldac:
"...this made for one helluva fun review period. One that I wished would never end."

"...I could very easily live happily ever after in this system's warm embrace."

"During the course of this review I looked around for things to sell. Nothing was safe; my car, art, hi-fi gear, books, furniture, etc. How about that Princeton Reverb amp? What about all those jars of change!"

"On a personal note, my heart and mind still have me craving either the d1-tube-mk2 or the d1-dual DAC, a craving which can only be filled if/when my bank account becomes fuller."

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 30, 2016 3 comments
" Localization of music related listening versus silence. Significant differences of fMRI BOLD activity during listening to 16 familiar songs are compared to a set of quiet resting conditions (p < 0.001, cluster >10 voxels). Results are projected onto the surface of the participant’s own structural MRI scan for visualization." image credit: Daniel J. Levitin & Scott T. Grafton (altered by me)

One of my favorite writers on music and the brain, Daniel J. Levitin, also counts Sting among his fans. When Sting's recent tour took him to Montreal, home of McGill University where Dr. Levintin works, he reached out to Levintin and they got together for some fun along with Scott T. Grafton of the University of Santa Barbara who co-authored this research paper;

"We used state of the art multivoxel pattern analysis (MVPA) and representational dissimilarity analysis (RDA) in a fixed set of brain regions to test three exploratory hypotheses with the musician Sting: (1) Composing would recruit neutral structures that are both unique and distinguishable from other creative acts, such as composing prose or visual art; (2) listening and imagining music would recruit similar neural regions, indicating that musical memory shares anatomical substrates with music listening; (3) the MVPA and RDA results would help us to map the representational space for music, revealing which musical pieces and genres are perceived to be similar in the musician’s mental models for music."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 24, 2016 0 comments
Lovely Recordings has grown into one of my favorite features on AudioStream; what's better than people sharing music they love?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 24, 2016 27 comments
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

A Friend pointed me to this article titled "The Art of Listening: Your Guide to Evaluating Speakers" authored by Daniel Kumin and published on our sister site Sound & Vision, wherein he states:

"Choose an amplifier or receiver that’s as powerful (within reason) and as excellent as you can afford; at rational listening levels, “too much” available power will never compromise a speaker’s sound, but too little power definitely can. Beyond that, qualitative differences, if any, among amplifiers will be utterly swamped by the tiniest of speaker differences, so forget about ’em. Ditto cables, power conditioners, antiresonance juju, and even different CD players or streaming sources."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 23, 2016 0 comments
We know this, right? If you have your doubts and would like some proof, here's a nice healthy helping; "How Music Can Help Patients Recover From Surgery And Strokes". This link, which reader CG shared, will bring you to a web page that includes an excerpt from Waking The Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul by Andrew Schulman as well a 40+ minute discussion among several authorities on this subject.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 16, 2016 39 comments
Already? Yes, already. Someone, let's call him the Noise Whisperer, put this thought in my head, "Move the switch to before the TP-Link." So I did.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 11, 2016 17 comments
Sometimes I need more time and this is one of those times. While I try to make every effort to produce one review per week, sometimes...I need more time.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 09, 2016 22 comments
Peter Halley Rob and Jack (1990)

Why not give you the big picture, I thought. Why not, indeed.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 03, 2016 12 comments
It was a dark and stormy night. OK, it wasn't dark but it was stormy when I drove to Verona, NJ to visit John Rutan's Audio Connection where Alex Brinkman of Ayre Acoustics was delivering, stork-like, the new Ayre QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 26, 2016 2 comments
This is not a review. Consider it more of an appreciation.