Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 28, 2015 2 comments
"Which types of subscription services does your household currently use?" [all images: Blackhawk Engagement Solutions]

Blackhawk Engagement Solutions recently published their study "Super Subscribers: Disrupting the Subscription Services Model". The report, which is based on 1,757 respondents across the USA, shows that most people pay for Internet, Cell Phones, and Cable TV with over 50% also paying for streaming TV and/or movies. Where does that leave music?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 27, 2015 25 comments
I've put this off for long enough. Here's the barn, as it stands, today. There's work to be done but things are sounding good. Really good. Come on in!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 06, 2015 37 comments
We're looking at the new Fe2O3 Cable Purifier System ($599) from Noise Suppression Teknologies, Inc. The Fe2O3 employs exacting geometry coupled with electromagnetic properties to deliver the cleanest sounding signal possible. Oh, wait a minute that's not it.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 04, 2015 61 comments
Some people have interpreted my "Digital Cables and Noise" article as an unfounded impetus for worry. Their point being, sure digital systems including cables are susceptible to noise, but it's really not something we need to be concerned with. As if everyone recognizes that noise is an issue in digital systems. As we used to say back in grammar school...not!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 29, 2015 61 comments
image credit: ECN Magazine

The notion that a digital cable, including Ethernet and USB, can be susceptible to noise is often met with harsh criticism. If we then add fuel to this fire by further suggesting that this noise can cause an audible difference in our connected hi-fi, we are typically met with derision. Some people contend that for all intents and purposes, digital systems are noise-proof, the proof being bits are bits. Therefore there's no way a digital cable can possibly make any difference when it comes to the sound coming out of our speakers. The fact that noise in digital systems including digital cables is a well-known problem outside the world of hi-fi doesn't appear to make one bit of difference. Let's see if we can separate the signal from the noise.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 27, 2015 2 comments
This just in:
"LOS ANGELES—George Himmelsbaugh, 32, was informed Tuesday that he was incorrect in enjoying a thing he had been deriving pleasure from for many years. Authorities in the field informed Himmelsbaugh that, although he believes his appreciation of the thing to be a matter of subjective personal taste, any positive feelings or satisfaction taken from this are by definition erroneous."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 27, 2015 0 comments
Kip Hanrahan's American Clavé label is mightily musically mighty combining great music with great sound, an accomplishment that's clearly not run of the mill. It has been 5 year since the last American Clavé release and that's too damn long.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 22, 2015 27 comments
all image credits: Ajay Kalia

Ajay Kalia who works "building the future of the future of music at The Echo Nest and Spotify" has offered up some interesting data related to how we relate to popular music as we age. The short story? The older we get, the less adventurous we get.

"After sixty years of research, it’s conventional wisdom: as people get older, they stop keeping up with popular music. Whether the demands of parenthood and careers mean devoting less time to pop culture, or just because they’ve succumbed to good old-fashioned taste freeze, music fans beyond a certain age seem to reach a point where their tastes have 'matured'."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 21, 2015 6 comments

I really don't have much to add other than to say this video from DEQX describes and illustrates some important concepts about sound reproduction in a very understandable manner. Bravo.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 20, 2015 50 comments
One of the main reactions we've seen regarding Tidal's new ownership is based on the new owner's level of wealth. "We’ve got uber-rich artists complaining they’re just not making enough." says Bob Leftsez in his Newsletter from April 9th. Does this criticism make sense?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 18, 2015 2 comments
What a prefect day to go to your favorite record shop and buy some tangibles! Check out the Record Store Day website for a complete list of participating stores. Happy hunting!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2015 25 comments
When I tell people what I do for a living, one response I get is, "So you listen to music for a living? Nice." And it is, nice. Of course there's a bit more to it than that but in essence I spend a lot of my time listening to music. But this all started when I was a teenager and got my ears on Are You Experienced, the first record I ever bought, which set me on a path of musical discovery that continues today.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 14, 2015 26 comments
If you ever read an article about sound quality and music and it includes "On my laptop's speakers I could not tell the difference...", I'd recommend taking everything said related to sound quality as being relevant only under those same conditions. After all, it's important to realize that any test is only as valid as the conditions under which the test was performed.
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Posted: Apr 07, 2015 10 comments
"Banished to a life of mediocrity" to paraphrase someone, I just don't know who, on how Consumer Reports makes me feel whenever I read it. Thankfully, I only do so sparingly every few decades when an old appliance breaks down for good at which time CR rises up from the ashes of dead vacuum cleaners and clothes washers (Oh hell, may as well get the matching dryer too) to offer colorless views completely lacking in imagination and joie de vivre like Detective Sergeant Joe Friday on a particularly morose day. Clearly we're not looking for what's best or most enjoyable when dealing with CR, we're dealing with what will get the job done for the least amount of money. Harumph!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 06, 2015 6 comments
April Music Aura Note Version 2 ($2750)

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