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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 26, 2016 0 comments
Imagine Debussy digested by Webern transposed and informed by Coltranes, John & Alice, played by some of the finest jazz players on familiar and unfamiliar instruments and you begin to get a mental grab on Marion Brown's Afternoon of a Georgia Faun released in August of 1970 on ECM.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Aug 25, 2016 21 comments
While USB DACs have been widely embraced by computer audiophiles for their ease of use and excellent sound, there has been a price to pay for the benefits associated with connecting one’s computer to these DACs. Noise, part and parcel of any all-purpose computer, is the enemy of music reproduction. The computer noise transmitted from the USB cable to the DAC steals from the user the ultimate sonic potential he could be enjoying.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 24, 2016 0 comments
Lovely Recordings has grown into one of my favorite features on AudioStream; what's better than people sharing music they love?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 24, 2016 27 comments
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

A Friend pointed me to this article titled "The Art of Listening: Your Guide to Evaluating Speakers" authored by Daniel Kumin and published on our sister site Sound & Vision, wherein he states:

"Choose an amplifier or receiver that’s as powerful (within reason) and as excellent as you can afford; at rational listening levels, “too much” available power will never compromise a speaker’s sound, but too little power definitely can. Beyond that, qualitative differences, if any, among amplifiers will be utterly swamped by the tiniest of speaker differences, so forget about ’em. Ditto cables, power conditioners, antiresonance juju, and even different CD players or streaming sources."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 23, 2016 0 comments
We know this, right? If you have your doubts and would like some proof, here's a nice healthy helping; "How Music Can Help Patients Recover From Surgery And Strokes". This link, which reader CG shared, will bring you to a web page that includes an excerpt from Waking The Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul by Andrew Schulman as well a 40+ minute discussion among several authorities on this subject.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 22, 2016 4 comments
Beginning in the late 1960s and 1970s a wave of new traditional music spread over the world. Spurred in part by The Band, musicians that were originally more rock oriented embraced trad and trad musicians played with a different kind of drive. This was not fusion -- the point was not to fuse different elements but rather to use the drive of rock (or another radical reorientation – see Kirk and Dilla below) to get back to the essence of traditional forms and to make them forceful for audiences who thought of the music as old fashioned. Here are a few of my favorites, as well as a few others that I think fit into this mold even if the musicians would never admit it! I’ve definitely expanded the category a bit, but they are all lovely recordings.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 19, 2016 2 comments
It has been a while since we've heard from Gonjasufi, born Sumach Ecks. His last full-length MU.ZZ.LE (2012) made it onto Stephen Mejias' Pick 6 list and I've been digging his music since his first LP, Sufi and a Killer, arrived way back in 2010. Callus, released today on WARP, is nastier, badder, and good-er.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 18, 2016 4 comments
"Timing is everything." Tommy Shaw
The Ravenna IP technology allows for syncing of multiple audio devices over Ethernet using the Precision Time Protocol (PPT) achieving clock accuracy "in the sub-microsecond range". This comes in handy in recording studios where Merging Technologies got its start, and earned its reputation, back in 1990 in Chexbres, Switzerland. As we all know, timing is everything in home audio, too, so Merging Technologies (MT) imbued its NADAC with, among other things, the Ravenna IP technology.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 16, 2016 34 comments
Already? Yes, already. Someone, let's call him the Noise Whisperer, put this thought in my head, "Move the switch to before the TP-Link." So I did.

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