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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 11, 2016 17 comments
Sometimes I need more time and this is one of those times. While I try to make every effort to produce one review per week, sometimes...I need more time.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 10, 2016 11 comments
photo credit: Scott Clark for Crate and Barrel

It took a while for this news to sink into someplace comfy and cozy but it finally has:

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/-- Leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel introduces The Listening Room, featuring exclusive furniture and accessories, cutting edge audio equipment and a curated collection of iconic vinyl recordings through the brand's new partnership with Capitol Records. Celebrating music as it was meant to be heard, The Listening Room is the perfect setting to enjoy the Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, a limited release of 75 remastered vinyl recordings. The Listening Room collection will be offered in U.S. stores and online starting this September.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 09, 2016 21 comments
Peter Halley Rob and Jack (1990)

Why not give you the big picture, I thought. Why not, indeed.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 08, 2016 2 comments
The following is a list of 15 recordings that I enjoy. They are listed in no particular order, and they are simply the first recordings that came to mind. I expect that I will kick myself shortly after sending in this list for leaving out hundreds of other great recordings that I hold in high regard. I hope that these recordings provide you with as much listening pleasure as they provide me.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 05, 2016 4 comments
Swinging from sweet to sour makes everything more tasty: Ella & Louis "Isn't It A Lovely Day" to Elza Soares "Pra Fuder" on her latest A Mulher do Fim do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World) (Mais Um Discos, June 2016) go beyond both ends of the spectrum, the latter reaching into animal-like rawness. If you enjoy digging down into humanities depths, perhaps in search of salvation, look and listen no further than A Mulher do Fim do Mundo.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 04, 2016 5 comments
totaldac + Roon
If you've read my reviews of the totaldac d1-tube-mk2 DAC or the d1-dual DAC, you'll know they are among my Favorites. When I received an email from totaldac's Vincent Brient asking if I'd be interested in reviewing his new Roon Ready d1-integral-headphone music server/DAC, I responded, "Yes".
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 03, 2016 12 comments
It was a dark and stormy night. OK, it wasn't dark but it was stormy when I drove to Verona, NJ to visit John Rutan's Audio Connection where Alex Brinkman of Ayre Acoustics was delivering, stork-like, the new Ayre QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 01, 2016 10 comments
Okay, I get that this list is possibly stretching the limits of what constitutes 'exceptional' from both a musical and sonic point-of-view, but taste being what it is, this is more-or-less representative of a small corner of mine.
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Jana Dagdagan Posted: Jul 29, 2016 2 comments
[Editor's Note: Join me in welcoming Jana Dagdagan, Stereophile's Editorial Assistant, to our Download of the Week column. Her contribution is most welcome and I hope this can become a regular occurrence.]
Being an avid Aphex Twin fan, I had to pre-order Cheetah as soon as I heard about it. The EP was released by Warp officially on July 8 with only a month of notice beforehand. Regardless, it’s safe to say that I was still sufficiently hyped.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 29, 2016 2 comments
"Listen to this yet?" my good friend Stephen Mejias asked via text message. "It's next in line" was my response. What I meant by that was, no, I have not listened to BadBadNotGood's IV yet but I just added it to my queue on Tidal/Roon.

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