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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2016 6 comments
Talk about perfect timing. Stephen Mejias gave me the heads up on the beautiful Limited Edition USB Drive version of Jeremy Bible's minimalist opus Music For Black Holes, a 4-hour journey through the glass, darkly. It arrived on Tuesday and I've listened all the way through and part way through again. And again.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2016 8 comments
From Sonic.Build: The Roon Ready 24/192-capable Sonic Bitstream ($219) and Sonic DAC ($249).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2016 3 comments
Here's one of the things in-barn for review—the Sound Galleries music server SGM 2015 ($16,000) (more here). If you read that report from Munich, you'll see I commented on "color" or my perceived lack thereof. Based on initial in-barn impressions, using HQPlayer, you can dial in pretty much whatever you like.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 08, 2016 1 comments
Shopping. Shopping for luxury goods is aspirational and one aspect of that aspiration is better. When shopping in the Park Lane Hotel neighborhood on Central Park South, OK window shopping in my case, you peer into luxurious rooms filled with equally luxurious stuff. Lighting, decor, temperature, smell, and more are all carefully considered and well polished as are the polite but not friendly sales staff. Think experience.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 08, 2016 0 comments
Kii Three Loudspeaker System ($13,900)

"You really like those?" I was asked by a colleague after being asked which rooms I enjoyed. While Bruno Putseys' Kii Three speakers were not sounding the best I've heard them sound, see my take from CES, I remain a fan. "Make the room go away" read my NY notes, after Bill Parish of GTT came in and turned the volume down a few clicks. I'd like to get my music into those Kii.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 08, 2016 1 comments
New production mesh plate Type 50 triode (last produced in 1939) are the product of a joint venture between Robyatt Audio and Grant Audio. Limited to 250 pairs ($1275/pair).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 07, 2016 1 comments
I've loved music since I was five and proudly taking a tiny plastic record player everywhere I went (I think it had to “disappear” eventually to preserve the relative sanity of the adults around me). I wasn't especially attuned to quality of sound until about fifteen years ago and am still a piker in terms of equipment and analysis compared to most of the posters and readers here. Anyway, here are four recordings I love for musical reasons that also boast at least decent sound.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 06, 2016 1 comments
New to me, because I somehow missed it at RMAF, is the ZeroUno DAC ($7,995) from Italy's CanEVER Audio. Based on a "... proprietary implementation of special developed firmware" for the ESS SABRE32 ES9018S DAC chip, ZeroUno employs a pair of 6SN7/CV181 tubes in its Class-A analog output stage.

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