Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 22, 2015 24 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 48 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 23 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)

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

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 01, 2015 61 comments
Robert Mitchum from "The Night of the Hunter"

I was going to write an April Fools' Day post, making fun of all of the press over Tidal, Pono, and Ethernet cables but I just couldn't be funny. The fact of the matter is, the "press" no longer deals in facts, they deal in the same kind of base divisiveness that plagues our political system. If you've read any of the articles on the recent Tidal news, you'll see all manner of nonsense and misinformation thrown around as fact. And the main criticism? Rich musicians are bad and we don't want to have to pay them any more.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 28, 2015 1 comments
Tyll Hertsens has done an outstanding job in his review of the PonoPlayer. Anyone interested in learning more about how Pono measures up for use with various headphones, how it fared in Tyll's blind tests, and Tyll's answer to the question does Pono live up to the hype, I encourage you to read his review. Also, make sure to read Charles Hansen of Ayre's response where he goes into some detail about how the PonoPlayer's design makes it sound so good.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8 comments
The sound was eerily present, although bass response was a bit diffuse, and the upper registers a bit bright. Tone colors were portrayed in a natural manner and overall there was nice sense of dynamic swing. My biggest complaint was a complete lack of imaging.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 24, 2015 118 comments
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau

Noise. It's everywhere. When we're talking about hi-fi, noise can present a particularly thorny problem ranging from stuff we can readily hear apart from the music, to noise that is more insidious sneaking into our playback chain and infesting our precious analog signals and our music along with it. Some people like to think that noise is a non-issue, especially when it comes to digital (after all bits are bits), but that's simply not the case since we're talking, ultimately, about the analog world. First a real-world story where we measure the effects of cable related noise.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 36 comments

First off let me say I very much enjoy and appreciate the majority of comments here on AudioStream. People sharing their knowledge and passion for this wonderful hobby is very much appreciated. That being said, I'm thinking of strictly enforcing civil and respectful behavior in the comments here on AudioStream. While I realize this is going against the current grain, I am more than tired of dealing with comments that are abusive, disrespectful, slanderous, and completely lacking in any relevance to the post at hand.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 23, 2015 2 comments
1,202 songs from more than 100 albums for 8 days 6 hours and 46 minutes of music. Fun!

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