Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 03, 2016 4 comments
I don't know about you, buy I've been loving our new Lovely Recordings feature. In case you missed them, the idea is simple; I want YOU to send in some recordings you enjoy both for sound and music quality. Simple. It could be just one record, but better is always better, and what I'm looking for is a story about why this music grabs you.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 28, 2016 9 comments
Back in December of last year, Wojciech Pacula, High Fidelity editor, sent me an inquiry to see if I'd be interested in participating in their "The Editors" interview series. I said "Yes." Here's the outcome: Seria: „The Editors”: Michael Lavorgna.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 27, 2016 15 comments
I've long held the belief that the enjoyment of listening to music on the hi-fi is the ultimate goal of this hobby. I've been thinking about this of late and what I've been thinking is it needs some work. While I very much enjoy whittling thoughts down to their tiniest container, I've been feeling there's something missing. I finally figured out what that something is: Experience.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 19, 2016 93 comments
As I foretold in the comments on my MQA CES posts, here is information on MQA that is intended to address some of the questions that have come up regarding implementation. My focus here is on the nuts and bolts of MQA for listeners.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 05, 2016 6 comments
Serene Audio Talisman ($395/pair)

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

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Posted: Dec 31, 2015 0 comments
Why a Product of the Year? The easy answer is there always is one, in our minds, so why not share. This year was no exception, and while we are clearly living in a golden age of great music and playback abundance, a few things have stood out and above the rest. Without further ado, we give you AudioStream's Products of the Year 2015:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 29, 2015 2 comments
Sin city. The big show. One week from today, I get herded aboard Southwest Airlines for my flight to Phoenix. With a one-beer layover, I should arrive at my final destination by early evening; plenty of time to rest up for opening day, Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
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Posted: Dec 25, 2015 1 comments

To those who do, Merry Christmas! and for those who don't Merry Friday!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 23, 2015 25 comments
Our barn's overall interior dimensions are roughly 35' x 45' x 12'. My listening/work space is now 17' x 35'. These final dimensions were accomplished by moving well over 100 boxes and bins and various pieces of furniture out of the barn, and then once everything was rearranged, back in. It took a few days but it was well worth the effort. The barn sounds great, feels great, and I'm very fortunate to be able to call this home, for work and play.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 09, 2015 18 comments
As you probably know, I post a Download Of The Week every Friday. What you may not know is this is one of my favorite features on AudioStream because it's the reason we're here—music. I always enjoy reading other "Best of..." music lists so I thought I'd put one together. Here we have nearly all of 2015's DotW picks in one easy container. I've left out older recordings, I did cheat a few times, so what we're looking at and listening to are (mainly) my top picks for new music in 2015. Enjoy!
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Posted: Dec 02, 2015 6 comments
Tis the season to buy things so we've made a list, checked it twice, so you can choose to be naughty or nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 26, 2015 0 comments

Enjoy these fine American ambassadors sharing one of our greatest exports.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 18, 2015 18 comments
dCS Rossini DAC ($23,999)

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

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 17, 2015 16 comments
You may be wondering about the recent spattering of articles on Hi-Res Audio. Heck, there's even an ad right here on AudioStream for our sister site Sound & Vision's Guide To Hi-Res Audio. The reason? Eyeballs. There's an(other) industry push going on to promote hi-res audio to the masses. Yes, another one. From the article "Audio Consumers High On High-Res Audio" on Twice:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 11, 2015 7 comments
Pitchfork's Joel Oliphint offers up a nice, if a bit too tidy, picture of music formats in 2015 and what they mean about, you. I enjoyed his piece and think you may too, which is not to say I agree with everything he wrote. It's healthy to be able to enjoy reading things we don't necessarily agree with (even this). Don't you think?

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