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Jana Dagdagan Posted: Jul 29, 2016 0 comments
[Editor's Note: Join me in welcoming Jana Dagdagan, Stereophile's Editorial Assistant, to our Download of the Week column. Her contribution is most welcome and I hope this can become a regular occurrence.]
Being an avid Aphex Twin fan, I had to pre-order Cheetah as soon as I heard about it. The EP was released by Warp officially on July 8 with only a month of notice beforehand. Regardless, it’s safe to say that I was still sufficiently hyped.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 29, 2016 1 comments
"Listen to this yet?" my good friend Stephen Mejias asked via text message. "It's next in line" was my response. What I meant by that was, no, I have not listened to BadBadNotGood's IV yet but I just added it to my queue on Tidal/Roon.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 28, 2016 3 comments
Shhh, Don't Tell Anyone
Simaudio makes fine-sounding, well-made, and (very) reasonably-priced gear. I'm afraid if this word gets out, they'll wise up and at least quintuple their prices, making them more appealing, ya, to a certain sect of audiophiles.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 26, 2016 2 comments
This is not a review. Consider it more of an appreciation.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 25, 2016 5 comments
This round of recordings are things that I discovered in one way or another from Tidal. Either the artists were brand new to me or ones I've known about and rediscovered. And then there a few notable mentions that friends pointed me to.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 22, 2016 5 comments
Yea, The Wailers. They changed to "Bob Marley & The Wailers" soon hereafter. What I'm talking about, and highly recommending for every fan of lovely recordings, is Catch A Fire (Deluxe Edition). What makes it "Deluxe" and highly recommended is this is a two-disc set; disc 1 is the previously unreleased album as originally recorded and produced by Bob Marley & The Wailers, dubbed the "Jamaican Version". Disc 2 is the version we all know and love. The thing is, I love the "Jamaican Version" more.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 21, 2016 93 comments
I've been thinking about this for years. Literally. I've had any number of people ask, "Have you tried using a Fiber Media Converter?" And I always said, "No, but I plan to." Now I can say, "Why yes, I have tried this and it works wonders."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 19, 2016 19 comments
From the (crazy) horse's mouth:
We have some news that we want to share with you.

One of our key infrastructure partners - Omnifone - has been acquired by a large company. An impact of this purchase is that all Omnifone’s supply relationships are being terminated, effectively immediately. Omnifone has been the exclusive content provider for PonoMusic. Consequently, our music library will be temporarily suspended for purchases effective July 20th . Please rest assured that our contractual relationships with all the major music labels remain fully intact and will transition to our new platform.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 19, 2016 15 comments
But if you want their CD-quality streaming service, Deezer Elite, you can only get it through Sonos (sigh). So what are we getting from Deezer? Another $9.99/mo. 320kbps lossy streaming service (there's no free tier for US customers).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 18, 2016 1 comments
As not to repeat Michael Manousselis selections of Lovely Recordings where I enjoy many of the same recordings on a daily basis, I’ve chosen to go the fun route. These recordings certainly won’t be played for critical listeners on expensive rigs but I definitive enjoy them in my car or listening on head-phones riding the subway, a fun factor of 10.