Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 01, 2015 25 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 0 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 112 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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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 16, 2015 5 comments
here's an Apple engineer* talking about the design process behind the new MacBook
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 11, 2015 22 comments
Apple Watch Edition: 38mm 18-Karat Yellow Gold Case with Bright Red Modern Buckle, $17,000

Ha! Kidding. I just wanted to see what it felt like to write for Yahoo, Gizmodo, or Ars Technica when writing about hi-fi.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2015 46 comments
"Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all." Joseph Epstein

The outrage aimed at audiophiles is for the most part about envy.

en·vy
ˈenvē/
noun
noun: envy; plural noun: envies

1.
a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 07, 2015 8 comments
Channel D Seta Piccola

Over on our sister site AnalogPlanet, not only does Michael Fremer ask this very intriguing question, he's also asking if you can hear a difference.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 04, 2015 0 comments
My latest column for Stereophile, Audio Streams, has just been put online. If you have the time, please give it a read. I talk about listening for pleasure and the audiophile experience in some detail including the apparently contentious notion that, "There's no better way to determine what we enjoy listening to than to listen". I also rhapsodize about Tidal's lossless streaming service. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 02, 2015 14 comments
Nicole, our younger daughter, texted a picture of a dress to Cathy, my wife, last Thursday. "What color is the dress?" Nicole asked. "It's gold and white." Cathy responded. Then my wife showed me the picture, which was happening a lot lately since Nicole has been looking for a prom dress, and I clearly saw a blue and black (or brown) dress. WTF? I asked Cathy if she was kidding since the dress I was looking at was clearly blue, not gold. "It's gold and white." was her response. Hmm.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 18, 2015 6 comments

moDernisT_v1 from Ryan Maguire on Vimeo.

When the Moving Pictures Experts Group first developed the MP3 codec way back in 1993, they didn't just base it on theories. They also listened to some of their favorite music to help determine which was the least offensive perceptual model. Listening to music was used to tweak the science. One of the tracks employed for these purposes was Susann Vega's "Tom's Diner". The above video by Ryan Maguire, a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, was created using the sounds that MP3 encoding (at 320kbps) discards from "Tom's Diner" while the video portion was created from the data discarded during mp4 video compression. Give it a listen.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 17, 2015 25 comments
image credit: CSR

According to a report by UK-base CSR, "State Of Play Report – The world of home audio through the eyes of the consumer", what people want most from their home audio experience is better sound quality. A whopping 77% of respondents would like better audio quality at home and they are wiling to pay for it which bodes well for our musical futures.

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