Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 15, 2014 18 comments
Presented by Harman, this 20 minute+ film expounds on the greatness of music, the importance of quality in its reproduction, and why we should be over lossy compression. While hardly a controversial idea, some people would have you believe otherwise. I lean toward the obvious and overwhelmingly simple realization that to deliver the best experience we can when it comes to music should be our goal and a given. Watch & enjoy.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 14, 2014 7 comments
Devialet 120 ($6495)

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 07, 2014 10 comments
Look what just arrived!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 02, 2014 0 comments
My first column for Stereophile magazine is up on their website for your perusal (see Audio Streams #1) where I re-visit the family of products from Bluesound all in one big gulp (and that shit was nearly illegal in NY). Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 30, 2014 11 comments
"...the miraculous is everywhere believed to coexist with the quotidian." ~ Salman Rushdie

I was reminded of our hobby by Salman Rushdie's appreciation of Gabriel Garcia Márquez in the NY Times titled—Magic in Service of Truth. Please consider this highly recommended reading and pretend he's also talking about listening to music on the hi-fi. I did and it works well.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 18, 2014 0 comments
Previous Download of the Week winner Julianna Barwick (see DotW) has collaborated with Dogfish Head Brewery and created a wasabi-infused Imperial Pale Ale, Rosabi, along with an accompanying FLAC EP of the same name. Being the true trooper that I am, I went out and bought one of the 750ml bottles, of only 1,000 cases in total, and drank Rosabi while listening to Rosabi. I'm happy to report it was, against my better judgement regarding infused beers, a lovely experience.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 16, 2014 3 comments
Naim SuperUniti All-in-one Player ($6,300)

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 12, 2014 6 comments
What else would I call my new column for Stereophile? The July 2014 edition of Stereophile arrived today and its a bittersweet event—there's no more The Entry Level, one of my favorite columns, from my friend Stephen Mejias but there is my new column Audio Streams. While I plan to cover computer audio, "...the addition of that trailing, plural s gives me some leeway to explore a wider range of hi-fi topics." I intend to take full advantage of that s in future columns but my first covers....pick up your Stereophile and see!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 04, 2014 6 comments

Here's an interesting if questionable video I just came across from streaming service WiMP that's meant to show off the benefits of their CD-quality streaming service WiMP HiFi. WiMP, like the Qobuz Hi-Fi lossless streaming service I've been so enamored with (see article), delivers CD-quality streaming. This video is meant to let you hear the benefits of lossless music and the harmful effects of lossy encoding. But does it? You be the judge.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 02, 2014 4 comments
Measurements! c/o John Atkinson: LH Labs Geek Out 1000, iFi iDSD, AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2, Meridian Explorer.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 29, 2014 2 comments
Most mornings I awake with a song in my head. It may be something I listened to the day before but typically it's not. Usually it's something from my past. This morning was both as Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy" played on my internal hi-fi, a byproduct of listening to Jimmy Cliff's wonderful soundtrack from "The Harder They Come" yesterday (or so I imagine). If you don't know Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy", here it is...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 21, 2014 16 comments
Lossless streaming is going to change the way we listen to and consume music. It already has, in parts of the world fortunate enough to be served by lossless streaming from Qobuz and WiMP. The key to any streaming service is the size of the catalog from which you can stream. I'm currently evaluating the Qobuz lossless streaming service, Qobuz Hi-Fi, and they claim access to "17 million titles" (as of 2/2014) in 16/44.1 CD-quality and I'll have to take them at their word because I can't count that high. What I do know is streaming in CD quality is the shit. The really, really good shit.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2014 3 comments

I downloaded a hi res file and it was this big!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2014 0 comments
JDS Labs Standalone ODAC ($169 w/RCAs)

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2014 4 comments

With all of the subtlety of a blunt instrument, South Park takes on illegal downloads in their inimitable fashion.

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