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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 03, 2017 0 comments
Between you and me, Greatest Bits has been bugging me. I found the menu "Recommended" confusing and everything seemed to be one those damn Greatest Bits lists. Everything.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 02, 2017 10 comments
I agree it’s a great column and look forward to checking it out every week.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 31, 2016 7 comments
Roon Radio reminded me I forgot something very important—a new Jimi Hendrix record that a) doesn't suck, b) hasn't been through the 'lab' with overdubs added A.D. (Crash land on this), c) is actually new material, d) offers a glimpse into the directions Jimi was headed, and e) is a great (sounding) live recording. Oh, and it's available in high-res.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 30, 2016 1 comments
Sometimes music comes wrapped up as tiny treats. Here's a collection of mostly new Singles that fill me up just fine. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 29, 2016 20 comments
Skip The Bits
"Hey, you put DSD in my DAC! You put DAC in my DSD!" The buzz surrounding the T+A DAC 8 DSD is all about octuple-rate DSD; DSD512 (512 times that of CD)/22.5792 MHz. The idea being you use Signalyst's HQPlayer software to convert all of your music to DSD512 before sending it to the DAC 8 so that the latter's "True One Bit DSD Converter" can work its magic. Yea, magic.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 27, 2016 4 comments
One week from tomorrow I board a cozy people mover en-route to Las Vegas, Nevada and the hi-end orgy that is CES. The BIG question on every show goer's mind this year—Is less really more?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 26, 2016 3 comments
Was 2016 a good year for music? I dunno...I think so. While I did attempt to stay plugged in, it's just too much. Not sure if it was a good year for music in general. For me, the musical output far out-shined most other developments of the past 12 months.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 23, 2016 2 comments
Our reviewing team (I really enjoy typing that), Steve Plaskin, Ola Björling, John Darko, Jana Dagdagan, Alex Halberstadt, and moi, Pick 3 from 2016. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 22, 2016 14 comments
It's always nice to meet new people, especially people who share your passions: You can expect to see equipment reviews from these fine folks and, as previously mentioned, a monthly music roundup from Joe in the new year. Welcome one and all!
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Joe Surdna Posted: Dec 21, 2016 7 comments

[Please join me in welcoming Joe Surdna, our new contributor on all things music. Ed.]

December is my favorite month for discovering great new music, mainly because so many Best of 2016 lists are published. I discover dozens of overlooked and previously unknown albums, and for me that is the real point of publishing lists like this; not to create a hierarchical ranking, but as a way of sharing great music that you might not have heard and will come to cherish and be inspired by in the months and years to come.