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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 03, 2016 3 comments
Let's say you want less boxes in your hi-fi but you don't want to give up the stuff you need and the stuff you like. And the stuff you need includes a DAC and the stuff you like (need?) includes Roon and Tidal HiFi. Well, more and more companies are answering your wants and needs by introducing what can best be described as networked DACs: In addition to the usual digital inputs (USB, S/PDIF), companies are adding Ethernet to their D to A converters so that they can stream from network attached storage and the Internet without the need for another box. Case in point, Ayre's new QX-5 Twenty: The Digital Hub.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 03, 2016 1 comments
Observant readers may have noted two changes to AudioStream: a new menu structure and a new tag line. Both changes were made to better reflect the content to be found on AudioStream as well as our focus on computer audio serving music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 02, 2016 2 comments
I’ve never considered my tastes eclectic but I dive deep into the genres I like. About 60% of my listening is orchestral music but I often play prog, shoegaze, punk, chillout, mid-century vocal (1935 - 1965), R&B and some acoustic jazz.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 28, 2016 Published: Apr 29, 2016 8 comments
Beautiful, sexual, sensual, and above all else, powerful. While it is a stretch for me to suggest a real and immediate connection with Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter's message on her latest Lemonade, I am nonetheless deeply moved.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 28, 2016 0 comments
Music-In-The-Box
You can serve to it, stream to it, and play to it via WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Toslink, or 3.5mm analog input. Armed with an ARM CORTEX A9 processor, 2x 50mm (2") speakers and an 89mm (3.5") woofer tri-amped with 60W of digital power, the Bluesound Pulse Mini pumps out a claimed 45Hz - 20kHz of not so mini music. Control playback from your iOS, Android, or Kindle device running the free BluOS control app or via the top-mounted touch controls and you have a world of music-in-the-box.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 27, 2016 23 comments
me in the woods contemplating why just 2 comments

This email sums up my thoughts:

This is baffling.

Here somebody, with real credentials, explains why listening is the real test—it encompasses the entire system and the interactions within.

He also explains how measurements, albeit hardly the traditional simpleton measurements used for way more than half a century, can be performed that expose the system limitations.

Not only that, but he explains just what many of the interactions may be and why they are detrimental. This not some amateur (moi) going off on the subject - it’s a guy actually in the business with decades of experience.

So, something for both "objectivists" and "subjectivists".

Yet, nobody seems to care one bit. All I hear is crickets.

What do you take from that?

My answer, I don't know. Do you?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 26, 2016 3 comments
One week from today I head out to Bavaria for the Octoberfest of Audio in München. The High End Show feels like a party, a hi-fi and music bash, filled with people: Shiny happy people.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 25, 2016 2 comments
I think it's time to throw some dance moves at this lovely recordings party! Not everything on this list is a party banger but my natural listening tendency is definitely towards music that infects the hips and makes you want to do a little shimmy on the dance floor, or just plain freak out!
RIP
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 22, 2016 2 comments

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 22, 2016 1 comments
Sturgill Simpson's new record, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, is a sailor's message home to his wife and newborn son. The album opens with "Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)" and the lines "Hello, my son / Welcome to earth..." which, after hearing just once, pretty much had me hooked. Again.

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