Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 04, 2017 3 comments
Three left me wanting. Three left me wanting to share more from this beautifully bountiful year of music. As my good friend advised, "Do it." So I did. It.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 03, 2017 0 comments
Between you and me, Greatest Bits has been bugging me. I found the menu "Recommended" confusing and everything seemed to be one those damn Greatest Bits lists. Everything.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 31, 2016 5 comments
Roon Radio reminded me I forgot something very important—a new Jimi Hendrix record that a) doesn't suck, b) hasn't been through the 'lab' with overdubs added A.D. (Crash land on this), c) is actually new material, d) offers a glimpse into the directions Jimi was headed, and e) is a great (sounding) live recording. Oh, and it's available in high-res.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 22, 2016 14 comments
It's always nice to meet new people, especially people who share your passions: You can expect to see equipment reviews from these fine folks and, as previously mentioned, a monthly music roundup from Joe in the new year. Welcome one and all!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 20, 2016 12 comments
While we're going to offer our own "Best of..." lists from our new music writer, Joe Surdna, as well as from all our reviewers, in the mean time, here's a list of lists. The thing I enjoy most about lists is seeing all of the music I've yet to hear. The thing I enjoy least about lists is the expected (but I expect that's kinda silly).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 14, 2016 3 comments
We've made a list, checked it twice, skipped the naughty, so here's the nice. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 06, 2016 13 comments
It's that time of year for holiday cheer; our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Chock full of treats for the young and young at heart, I hope you enjoy window shopping through 2016's picks as much as I enjoyed pickin' 'em. Ho, ho, ho!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 30, 2016 2 comments
It's that time again. Lovely Recordings has become an indispensable aspect of the AudioStream genome and I want (need?) to keep it going.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 29, 2016 8 comments
Back in the late '80s when I was living on the Upper West Side, I decided to rent a saxophone. I had taken lessons, school lessons, as a youngster but you could say that my saxophone playing skills were non-existent.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 16, 2016 1 comments
John Coltrane's personal RCA ribbon microphone (really)

I made the rainy-day trip into the heart of Brooklyn where I met composer and Stereophile contributor Sasha Matson and John Atkinson, Stereophile's Editor in Chief, for an analog mastering session. Don't worry, digits were also involved.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2016 8 comments
From Sonic.Build: The Roon Ready 24/192-capable Sonic Bitstream ($219) and Sonic DAC ($249).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2016 3 comments
Here's one of the things in-barn for review—the Sound Galleries music server SGM 2015 ($16,000) (more here). If you read that report from Munich, you'll see I commented on "color" or my perceived lack thereof. Based on initial in-barn impressions, using HQPlayer, you can dial in pretty much whatever you like.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 25, 2016 59 comments
in a men's room at RMAF 2016

"Should I sell my DAC, which I love, to buy an MQA DAC right now?"

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 20, 2016 4 comments
I needed some respite after RMAF to regroup and reinvest my time in listening. Here's the barn's new (old) barn light which is one change of two.

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