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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 14, 2016 25 comments
look ma, no 3.5mm headphone jack

While this isn't really AudioStream news, and Tyll over on InnerFidlity has this more than covered, I thought I'd add a word or two on Apple's headphone-jackless new iPhone; dongle, dongles.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 13, 2016 10 comments
When looking for music downloads to purchase, I search the following sites:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 12, 2016 3 comments
I’ve appreciated reading Mr. Lavorgna’s writings on all topics since stumbling onto his website “Twittering Machines” years ago while searching for more information about PJ Harvey (listen) or maybe it was Don Cherry’s album Art Deco (listen). I’ve really appreciated Audiostream and the Lovely Recording submissions and, wanting to help out, have struggled with the below off and on since Mr. Lavorgna first made a request for submissions.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 08, 2016 3 comments
Some songs from Angel Olsen's new album My Woman I like, others I love (like "Woman").
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 08, 2016 19 comments
Here are some words from my previous reviews of the DACs from totaldac:
"...this made for one helluva fun review period. One that I wished would never end."

"...I could very easily live happily ever after in this system's warm embrace."

"During the course of this review I looked around for things to sell. Nothing was safe; my car, art, hi-fi gear, books, furniture, etc. How about that Princeton Reverb amp? What about all those jars of change!"

"On a personal note, my heart and mind still have me craving either the d1-tube-mk2 or the d1-dual DAC, a craving which can only be filled if/when my bank account becomes fuller."

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 06, 2016 14 comments
Mark Wilder

Battery Studios is home to master mastering engineer and three-time Grammy winner Mark Wilder so it was with great pleasure to reply in the affirmative to Sony's invitation to hear about and hear their new Signature Series components. There are four products in the Signature line—MDR-Z1R headphones, NW-WM1Z and N!-WM1A Walkman players, and the TA-ZH1ES headphone amplifier—and we were treated to a listen and learn session which included presentations by Sony Acoustic Engineer Shunsuke Shiomi and Mark Wilder.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 05, 2016 2 comments
Thought I would send another batch of things I consider chestnuts of mine...
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Posted: Sep 02, 2016 4 comments
So...I was putting my new DAC through its paces, OK that's potentially misleading as you could interpret that to mean playing various pieces of music to test my new DACs audiophileness when in fact I was playing some of my most loved music. One of which is Einstürzende Neubauten's Tabula Rasa (Thirsty Ear, 1993).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 01, 2016 17 comments
A DragonFly Tale
[Parental Advisory Warning] I had an email exchange with my friend Joe about music and movies, as is our wont, and asked—
Me "What are listening through?"
Joe "I have two pairs of Shure 580 in-ear headphones, which are very good headphones and also sit in the ear and cut out 90% of outside noise. About as fidelity as I get."
Me "I like those Shure in-ears too. So you plug them into your computer?"
Joe "Yeah, I just plug them into one Apple product or another."
At the time, I was rich in Dragonflys, having my original and the V.1 version. So I sent Joe the original. Here's the first email I received from Joe after the DragonFly landed at his place:
Subject: Damn!

Fuck Me! Dragonfly!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 30, 2016 3 comments
" Localization of music related listening versus silence. Significant differences of fMRI BOLD activity during listening to 16 familiar songs are compared to a set of quiet resting conditions (p < 0.001, cluster >10 voxels). Results are projected onto the surface of the participant’s own structural MRI scan for visualization." image credit: Daniel J. Levitin & Scott T. Grafton (altered by me)

One of my favorite writers on music and the brain, Daniel J. Levitin, also counts Sting among his fans. When Sting's recent tour took him to Montreal, home of McGill University where Dr. Levintin works, he reached out to Levintin and they got together for some fun along with Scott T. Grafton of the University of Santa Barbara who co-authored this research paper;

"We used state of the art multivoxel pattern analysis (MVPA) and representational dissimilarity analysis (RDA) in a fixed set of brain regions to test three exploratory hypotheses with the musician Sting: (1) Composing would recruit neutral structures that are both unique and distinguishable from other creative acts, such as composing prose or visual art; (2) listening and imagining music would recruit similar neural regions, indicating that musical memory shares anatomical substrates with music listening; (3) the MVPA and RDA results would help us to map the representational space for music, revealing which musical pieces and genres are perceived to be similar in the musician’s mental models for music."

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