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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4 comments
Australia's Via Tania is Tania May-Bowers and Via Tania and the Tomorrow Music Orchestra is her latest release and just her third full length in 12 years. This latest record is comprised of all acoustic instruments courtesy of Matthew Golombisky's Tomorrow Music Orchestra with Tania singing softly over the top all delicate, sweet, and delightful, and together they are full of romp and light-footed frolicking.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 19, 2015 19 comments
Manhattan
Mytek shook up the DSD DAC market with their Stereo192-DSD DAC back in 2011 at RMAF. At that time, there were just a handful of much more expensive DSD capable DACs and most people wondered if this DSD thing was going to catch on. It did. I favorably reviewed the Stereo192-DSD DAC (see review) which I still use daily. Mytek's new consumer offering is the Manhattan and it represents Mytek's "finest achievement" according to the company. Let's see.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 18, 2015 2 comments
According to mastering engineer and producer Ian Sheppard the answer is yes. From his article YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin:
"It means that YouTube have been using loudness normalisation on their music videos – and they’ve been doing it since December last year. Everything plays at a similar loudness, regardless of how it was mastered. And no-one has noticed."
So what?
Steven Plaskin Posted: Mar 17, 2015 30 comments
WARNING: This review is written for audiophiles and true believers in the audiophile experience. Non-audiophile, bits are bits people, continue at your own risk!

The JCAT Reference USB cable is Marcin Ostapowicz and Josef Piri’s latest offering to the ever growing high end USB cable market. Both of these gentlemen are probably better known as the principles behind the popular Windows operating system software JPLAY. JCAT is the hardware division of JPLAY and offers a number of computer audio hardware products.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 16, 2015 2 comments
We've been following the ups and downs of Jay Z's bid for TIDAL since it was first announced back in January. To refresh, the buyout bid was for 464 million kronor ($56m) and in March a few of Aspirio's shareholders, TIDAL's parent company, balked. Now, the Swedish publishing company E24 is reporting that those dissenting shareholders have rethought their position and have accepted Jay Z's bid. Congratulations, everyone.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 16, 2015 5 comments
here's an Apple engineer* talking about the design process behind the new MacBook
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 13, 2015 0 comments
Difficult music can be beautiful. I enjoy difficult music every now and again in different forms and flavors. The beautifully difficult music of Bill Dixon holds a very special place in my head, heart and memory as I had the privilege of seeing Dixon perform a number of times in very intimate settings at Bennington College where he taught and I attended as well as after I graduated in NYC.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 12, 2015 29 comments
Excite
What do we want, ideally, from an active desktop speaker? I know, everything.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 11, 2015 22 comments
Apple Watch Edition: 38mm 18-Karat Yellow Gold Case with Bright Red Modern Buckle, $17,000

Ha! Kidding. I just wanted to see what it felt like to write for Yahoo, Gizmodo, or Ars Technica when writing about hi-fi.

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