Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 19, 2014 0 comments
It's a beautiful day to get out and about and pop in to your favorite record shop! Happy hunting! Record Store Day Special Releases.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 17, 2014 5 comments
I have a love/hate relationship with streaming services. OK, to come clean I mostly don't enjoy them. I find streaming services restrictive and narrow in the music they present to me according to their notion of my taste. I grow impatient with the "learning process" and I also enjoy hearing music I don't necessarily like. I enjoy being challenged musically which is something I find DJ's do on a regular basis. You know, people. Some days being presented with an endless stream of familiarity is enough to make me want to disconnect from the warm embrace of the coded curated for good. I've long been meaning to examine these distastes but that project keeps getting put off. Thankfully, Eric Harvey has written a wonderful, thorough, and thought provoking essay on streaming music and its available to all on the Pitchfork website.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2014 3 comments
A team of Japanese roboticists from the University of Tokyo built a band of robots, Z-Machines, consisting of a guitarist with 78 fingers, a drummer with 22 arms, and a keyboardist that shoots green lasers to activate his keys. Then Z-Machines musical producer, Kenjiro Matsuo, asked a number of musicians to compose music for their band. Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, gladly took up the challenge and the result is his new EP, Music for Robots recently released on Warp Records.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 24, 2014 3 comments
Fujitsu Ten Eclipse TD-M1 Wireless Speaker System ($1,300)

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

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 18, 2014 20 comments
Before our interviews with Neil Young, and I say "our" because there was a small army of "us", we were treated to some tunes with the PonoPlayer as source playing some PonoMusic. In a front room sat two players leashed to Sennheiser Momentum headphones while a back room housed a lovely simple system consisting of a PonoPlayer and an Ayre AX-5 integrated amp driving a pair of TAD Compact Reference CR1 loudspeakers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 17, 2014 3 comments
Weyes Blood

With over 2,200 bands performing on over 100 stages for five days and nights straight, navigating SXSW along with a few hundred thousand or so other music lovers to see what you want to see, eat a sit down meal, and get some sleep takes military-like precision planning. Or, you can just wander from bar to bar on 6th Street and its environs and hope for the best, come what may. With Stereophile's Music Editor Robert Baird acting as my guide, his 28+ years of SXSW experience helped shape this into one magical musical tour.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 13, 2014 15 comments
Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

It should come as no surprise at this point that Neil Young was at SXSW to talk about Pono. I had the opportunity to spend some time talking to Neil Young about his new venture.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2014 4 comments
My friend John DeVore, who is also the maker of my speakers, sent me an email over the weekend, "I was just perusing your Beck post again after receiving the vinyl and ended up sniffing around the Dynamic Range Database. I saw an album with a 00 DR(!!) and decided I had to hear what that sounded like. I present Merzbow - Venereology:"
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 05, 2014 0 comments
With more and more people amassing terabytes-worth of file-based music libraries representing thousands of dollars invested, the issue of data security should also be on the rise. While the ideal solution is to have your main library stored on RAID arrayed HDD or NAS with at least one backup that lives off-site in the event of fire or flood or pestilence (OK I added that last one for effect), how many of us actually regularly back up our music libraries to an off-site copy?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 04, 2014 12 comments
Do you feel refreshed? I do. Many thanks to Web Monkey Jon Iverson and the rest of the SORC team for what I think is a much cleaner, leaner look. I hope you like it, too.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 17, 2014 3 comments
My Ayre QB-9 DSD review is in the works. Included therein will be a comparison between the old QB-9 and the new QB-9 DSD. Should be interesting. Let the best Ayre win!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 10, 2014 0 comments
Chord Hugo ($2,395)

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

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 30, 2014 37 comments
If we'd like to promote the notion of better-than-CD-quality downloads, a good place to begin is deciding what to call them out in the real world. This tag should be able to live in the wilds, like on record label and band websites, right next to "Buy from iTunes" and "Download from Amazon". Problem number one is obviously the fact that the better-than-CD-quality market is fragmented among multiple retailers as well as coming with geographic restrictions. Let's assume technology can take care of this issue, and it can, and set our sights on that tag. What should we call better-than-CD-quality downloads out in the real world?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 06, 2014 1 comments
Ayre QB-9-DSD ($3,250)

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

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 26, 2013 22 comments
Are LPs, as some people suggest, an inherently flawed medium? In theory and on some levels, sure they are. Does this fact matter? No, it does not. I say this with the utmost confidence and assuredness because I have been listening to and enjoying LPs for decades. Some of my most memorable and meaningful musical moments have been proffered by records. There are also countless examples of musicians being inspired by other musicians through listening to their records and if that isn't the highest achievement a music storage and playback format can offer, I don't know what is. So I count most of the comments regarding vinyl's inherent flaws as nothing more than a laughable indulgence in theorizing in the face of reality.

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