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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 20, 2014 4 comments
All-In-One
The Cambridge Audio Minx Xi packs a 40 watt per channel (into 8 ohms) Class AB integrated amplifier, a network player, DAC, and headphone amp into one relatively small and sleek metal-wrapped high gloss white or black package. Throw in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the Cambridge Stream Magic app for iOS or Android devices, and you've got yourself one very good reason to never leave your couch. Except to dance.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 18, 2014 20 comments
Before our interviews with Neil Young, and I say "our" because there was a small army of "us", we were treated to some tunes with the PonoPlayer as source playing some PonoMusic. In a front room sat two players leashed to Sennheiser Momentum headphones while a back room housed a lovely simple system consisting of a PonoPlayer and an Ayre AX-5 integrated amp driving a pair of TAD Compact Reference CR1 loudspeakers.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 17, 2014 3 comments
Weyes Blood

With over 2,200 bands performing on over 100 stages for five days and nights straight, navigating SXSW along with a few hundred thousand or so other music lovers to see what you want to see, eat a sit down meal, and get some sleep takes military-like precision planning. Or, you can just wander from bar to bar on 6th Street and its environs and hope for the best, come what may. With Stereophile's Music Editor Robert Baird acting as my guide, his 28+ years of SXSW experience helped shape this into one magical musical tour.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 13, 2014 15 comments
Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

It should come as no surprise at this point that Neil Young was at SXSW to talk about Pono. I had the opportunity to spend some time talking to Neil Young about his new venture.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 12, 2014 6 comments
The PonoMusic Kickstarter campaign kicked off yesterday with a stated goal of $800,000. By around 5:00PM, during Neil Young's hour-long address to a full house at SXSW, they'd already made it half way there. The numbers you see above are a snapshot from this morning leaving only one question—How high will it go?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2014 21 comments
In a press release from Warner Bros. Music dated March 10, 2014, Neil Young has officially announced PonoMusic.
PonoMusic is a revolutionary movement conceived and founded by Neil Young. Our mission is to bring the highest-quality digital music to discerning, passionate consumers, who wish to experience music the way the artists intended, with emotion, detail and power intact. "It's about the music, real music. We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that. We couldn't be more excited about bringing PonoMusic to the market," said Neil Young, founder and chairman of PonoMusic.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2014 4 comments
My friend John DeVore, who is also the maker of my speakers, sent me an email over the weekend, "I was just perusing your Beck post again after receiving the vinyl and ended up sniffing around the Dynamic Range Database. I saw an album with a 00 DR(!!) and decided I had to hear what that sounded like. I present Merzbow - Venereology:"
Steven Plaskin Posted: Mar 10, 2014 13 comments
The Synergistic Research UEF (Uniform Energy Field) Technology Active Tuning Circuits are the new replacements for the Enigma Tuning Circuits (Bullets) provided with the Synergistic Research Element and Galileo Series cables and AC cords, Digital Power Tools, Tranquility Bases, PowerCell line conditioners, and older Tesla Series LE cables and AC cords. The Enigma Tuning Circuits or Bullets were used to fine tune the sound of the Active Shields in Synergistic Research cables, AC cords and active devices. I have previously described the action of the Enigma Tuning Circuits in my reviews of the Tranquility Base (see review), the USB Active SE cable (see review), and the Element C.T.S. Digital AC cord (see review).
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 07, 2014 6 comments
Carla Bozulich is badass. Like Jim Morrison only scary. Stephen Mejias already told us her new album Boy kicked ass, actually part of what he said was "The result is something like a wonderfully twisted, damaged Fleetwood Mac single—beautiful, powerful, and chilling: equal parts nightmare and 'Dreams.'", and he was right. Carla spills more than her guts into Boy (Constellation Records released March 4, 2014) and its evident from the first bass thrum of opener "Ain't No Grave" we're in for one helluva ride.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 06, 2014 19 comments
Photo Credit: Pegi Young

I'm headed to Austin, TX and SXSW next week to interview Neil Young about his pending PONO launch. I mean!! If you have anything you'd like me to ask Neil Young about PONO, just let me know and I'll try to work your questions in. I've already got "What's your favorite beer" covered.

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