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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 05, 2016 8 comments
"He is also an entertainment law professor and edits and scores films". So reads part of composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge's bio and that bit about film scores is relevant to our Download of the Week: Something About April II, released on Linear Labs January of this year, reads like a soundtrack from one of the most fascinating films you've never seen.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Feb 04, 2016 6 comments
The Platinum Starlight 7 USB 2.0 cable represents Wireworld’s application of their most advanced technology and materials to build their finest USB cable. I had the pleasure to review the older Platinum Starlight USB cable in my USB cable shootout of 2013 (see Shootout). At that time, I found the Platinum Starlight USB cable excelled in the way it handled transients with outstanding definition and resolution, but lacked warmth or richness to the sound.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 03, 2016 3 comments
I don't know about you, buy I've been loving our new Lovely Recordings feature. In case you missed them, the idea is simple; I want YOU to send in some recordings you enjoy both for sound and music quality. Simple. It could be just one record, but better is always better, and what I'm looking for is a story about why this music grabs you.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 01, 2016 2 comments
I had so much fun doing an entry in Audiostream's Lovely Recordings I thought it was time to do another. Thankfully, Michael agreed. Hence the second installment.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 29, 2016 3 comments
Holes. I've got holes in my musical knowledge all over the place; if my body was a pitcher and you poured water into my head, you'd see thousands of tiny spouts spitting water through those holes. African Head Charge was one until I plugged it up thanks to Tidal HiFi. African Head Charge was formed in the early 1980s by percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noa and developed over time into a varying cast of musical characters. The band's music, dubbed "psychedelic dub", has hit my head and heart hard.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 29, 2016 25 comments
The following document was provided by MQA and contains information and listening notes relating to files from record label 2L which have been MQA encoded.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 28, 2016 9 comments
Back in December of last year, Wojciech Pacula, High Fidelity editor, sent me an inquiry to see if I'd be interested in participating in their "The Editors" interview series. I said "Yes." Here's the outcome: Seria: „The Editors”: Michael Lavorgna.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 28, 2016 5 comments
From the Press Release:
From 4th February, Meridian customers will have access to the necessary updates to allow MQA playback—offering listeners for the first time in their own home...
If you follow the hi-fi forums, I do because I view it as part of my job, you'll see lots of discussion over MQA (see MQA Continued). You'll also see lots of questions, confusion, skepticism, anger, accusations, death knells, cries of "snake oil" and "hoax", conspiracy theories, misinformation, personal attacks, and prognostications of the end of the good life as we know it. You know, hi-fi forums.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 27, 2016 15 comments
I've long held the belief that the enjoyment of listening to music on the hi-fi is the ultimate goal of this hobby. I've been thinking about this of late and what I've been thinking is it needs some work. While I very much enjoy whittling thoughts down to their tiniest container, I've been feeling there's something missing. I finally figured out what that something is: Experience.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 25, 2016 2 comments
My musical sense runs the gamut; from pop/rock through classical and jazz and on into world music, and then some. I have plenty of “chestnuts” and popular things in my collection of CD's, vinyl and now bits, and I enjoy it all. But perhaps I get the most satisfaction and meaning out of discovering and devouring lovely hidden gems. So some of these you may know and others hopefully you can discover, and maybe pass along a few yourself for the rest of us too. OK, here goes...


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