Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 27, 2016 10 comments
me in the woods contemplating why just 2 comments

This email sums up my thoughts:

This is baffling.

Here somebody, with real credentials, explains why listening is the real test—it encompasses the entire system and the interactions within.

He also explains how measurements, albeit hardly the traditional simpleton measurements used for way more than half a century, can be performed that expose the system limitations.

Not only that, but he explains just what many of the interactions may be and why they are detrimental. This not some amateur (moi) going off on the subject - it’s a guy actually in the business with decades of experience.

So, something for both "objectivists" and "subjectivists".

Yet, nobody seems to care one bit. All I hear is crickets.

What do you take from that?

My answer, I don't know. Do you?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 26, 2016 2 comments
One week from today I head out to Bavaria for the Octoberfest of Audio in München. The High End Show feels like a party, a hi-fi and music bash, filled with people: Shiny happy people.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 19, 2016 16 comments
Back when our daughters were in grammar school, one of their superintendents said, "We have to be ready to be ready." I'll never forget that sentence and how preposterous it sounded (and still does). As people interested in the quality of our experience when listening to reproduced music, do we have to be ready to be ready?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 13, 2016 0 comments
"Why don't you write about apps?" a friend suggested. Yea, why don't I? As regular readers may have noticed, some of the Download of the Week picks are available on Bandcamp. Within that group, some are records available directly from the artist, my favorite kind. The idea that the person(s) making the music get my money is a comforting thought.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 06, 2016 45 comments
When I travel, I travel with music. And my iPhone. And my MacBook Pro. For a while now, I've been carrying along my PonoPlayer for most of the music part, but I find myself, once settled into my hotel room, looking around Tidal on my MacBook for the new. But the PonoPlayer doesn't...stream. It just serves. The PonoPlayer also requires that I pack its charging cable and wall adapter and it, itself, which is not really big deal; like carrying a Toblerone candy bar in your bag along with a Twizzler and Chunky.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 03, 2016 15 comments
Here I sit, reading the Sunday New York Times listening to music through three different AudioQuest DragonFly DACs—v1.2 (see review) and the new Black v1.5 ($99) and the new Red ($199)—plugged into my MacBook Pro while at the other end resides a pair of AudioQuest NightHawk headphones. I figure, the idea that I'm reading the NY Times will piss some people off and the idea that I'm listening to different DACs and hearing a difference will piss some people off, too.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 22, 2016 39 comments
The field of Sonification turns data into sound. From the fascinating article in The Economist titled, "Sonification: Now hear this":
"...scientists still rely on their eyes and algorithms to spot interesting phenomena. That looks set to change as more scientists, engineers and even designers and artists look to exploit better what the seismologists and Voyager scientists knew decades ago: sound can be the key to scientific discovery."
Why listen and not look?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 22, 2016 5 comments
Thanks to reader Angelo P. for pointing me to How to Listen to Music: Escaping algorithms and musical ruts, a review of Ben Ratliff’s book Every Song Ever: 20 Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty. Spencer Kornhaber discusses Ratliff's book and puts it into our musically abundant context:
"At least since the advent of Napster, in 1999, the Internet’s potential effect on listeners (if not on industry coffers and artists) has often been portrayed as radical and utopian. Music bloggers, the iPod’s massive storage capabilities, and, most recently, the virtually unlimited browsing potential afforded by streaming—the convergence would surely pave the way for a generation to whom eclecticism was normal. Human curiosity could finally triumph over genre tribalism and lowest-common-denominator marketing. The super-listener would rise."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 16, 2016 18 comments
Sorta. I was admitted to Hunterdon Medical Center on Sunday, after being released from the ER on Saturday (oops), with what turned out to be the flu and pneumonia (ouch). Things are looking up and I should be outta here sometime tomorrow. Unfortunately this has put a dent in my schedule, so there will be no review posted tomorrow and apologies for not getting back to emails.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 15, 2016 3 comments
Comparing live music to recorded music is a fool's errand for any number of reasons. Anyone who attends concerts of any kind can attest to this simple fact. I'll lead in with one big fat fact that differentiates live vs. recording—people.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 09, 2016 44 comments
Some people are interested in just the facts, just the measured performance of their hi-fi gear so they can be assured the sound they hear is as accurate as possible. Some suggest that there is a direct correlation between accuracy and enjoyment and if you feel comfortable and reassured with this approach, I've got the perfect hi-fi for you.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 02, 2016 7 comments
How's that for click bait? Here's the original title of the article from The Vinyl Factory website I'm referring to, "The Dangers Of Digital: Brian Eno On Technology And Modern Music". That's even more intriguing, no?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 01, 2016 13 comments
with John Atkinson

I think of myself as a private person, funny, no?, which is why I don't typically share personal information. When it comes to AudioStream, the work we do speaks for itself, as well it should, making questions of experience, expertise, and knowledge evident through action. Or so I'd hope. However, I've noticed that when having 'conversations' with some people in the comments here and via email, they are basing their opinions on assumptions pertaining to my experience, expertise, and knowledge. Why not provide some biographical information to let readers know more about me? I asked myself. And I answered, why not.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 24, 2016 1 comments
Our post on the The Silent Majority elicited a nice response, both in the comments and via email. To further reinforce the notion that we are not alone, here are some of the emails I received in response to The Silent Majority.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 23, 2016 13 comments
Sonore Signature Series Rendu ($2895)

Here's what's in-house or en-route to AudioStream for review.