Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 17, 2014 4 comments
I reviewed the Devialet 120 (see review) and was very impressed by, well, everything. The design, the sound, the functionality, all added up to an engrossing musical experience. Devialet has just introduced two new products, the Phantom and the Silver Phantom, which essentially package most of the technology from the 120—amps, streamer, Ethernet, WiFi, DSP, and DAC—and add speakers for a Devialet all-in-one system. You can use a single Phantom, a pair for stereo, or more for multi-channel or multi-room sound. And what a package it is!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 15, 2014 9 comments
from The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover

Let's start with a similar question—How important is the taste of the food you eat or the wine you drink? Do you find you enjoy a meal more when you enjoy its taste? Do you linger over your bites longer, perhaps eat a little more than you would have if you liked it less? Or is food merely sustenance and wine a means to an end regardless of taste?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 09, 2014 28 comments
In an interview with The Guardian, Sir Paul McCartney expresses his dismay over crappy sound reproduction, "A lot of kids listen to music on their smartphones through these tiny little speakers. I’m pulling my hair out thinking, 'Argh, I spent hours making that high-fidelity sound! Get a decent set of headphones! Please!'"
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 03, 2014 4 comments
My Patti Smith Artist Signature Series Pono Player! I literally just unpacked it, fresh off the UPS truck and took a few glamor shots before charging her up.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 24, 2014 0 comments
Exogal Comet DAC ($2500)

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

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 20, 2014 13 comments
From an article in the NY Times:
In a radio interview on Friday, Scott Borchetta, chief of Ms. Swift’s record label, Big Machine, said that the label wanted to restrict access to her music to Spotify’s paid tier, but Spotify refused.
The issue at the center of this debate is free on-demand streaming of complete albums.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 17, 2014 30 comments
As an official Pono Kickstarter backer, I'm [im]patiently awaiting my Patti Smith Artist Signature Series Pono Player which was promised for an October delivery. Well, it's no longer October and I am still Pono-less.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 20, 2014 8 comments
My review of the Astell & Kern AK240 portable high res player appears in this month's Stereophile, available on newsstands now! Spoiler Alert: I liked it.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 07, 2014 0 comments
The 11th annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is set to start this Friday, October 10th, and run through Sunday, October 12th at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. With nearly 500 exhibitors, RMAF promises to be a big show chock full of listening pleasure.

We'll be all over the latest bits. See you there!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 06, 2014 10 comments
iFi Micro iDSD ($499)

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

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 16, 2014 12 comments
What do you need to play back high resolution audio from your computer? The answer is thankfully relatively simple and we're going to give you the down and dirty guide, your hi res to-do list, so you can enjoy the sonic benefits of better than CD-quality music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 08, 2014 2 comments
My second column for Stereophile is now available on their website. In this issue, I discuss lossless streaming, Qobuz, and collecting. "I am a collector. Books, records, art, music, knickknacks, old blurry anonymous photos, and more—hanging, sitting, standing, and shelved, they surround me where I sit and follow me around our home." Read the entire article on Stereophile.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 25, 2014 5 comments
iFi Micro iDSD ($499)

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

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 11, 2014 14 comments
Reader Patrick Butler offered this response to the AVS/AIX High-Resolution Audio Test post and it made me smile so I thought I'd raise its profile. Enjoy:
person 1. "I'm repeatedly hearing something different between a and b."
person 2. "I can't think of any scientific reason why there should be any difference. Therefore, you must be nuts."
person 1. "Seriously, you should have a listen. This is really cool."
person 2. "I want no part of your insanity. It might be contagious."
person 1. "Suit yourself."
person 2. "I feel compelled to stalk you all over the internet to share my anecdotal story about your condition."
person 1. "Who's crazy?"
person 2. "Clearly, my amateur diagnosis should be enough."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 04, 2014 44 comments
Scott Wilkinson and Dr. AIX, aka Mark Waldrep, have teamed up to provide a high res listening test. The test consists of three tracks with two samples of each; one in 16/44.1 and the other in 24/96. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to listen to all six files and determine which is which. Check out the AVS Forum for all of the details. Interestingly enough, at least one person so far has taken these files, loaded them up into the Foobar2000 ABX comparator and picked the correct files every time. But this really shouldn't come as a big surprise, should it?

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