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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 19, 2016 20 comments
From the (crazy) horse's mouth:
We have some news that we want to share with you.

One of our key infrastructure partners - Omnifone - has been acquired by a large company. An impact of this purchase is that all Omnifone’s supply relationships are being terminated, effectively immediately. Omnifone has been the exclusive content provider for PonoMusic. Consequently, our music library will be temporarily suspended for purchases effective July 20th . Please rest assured that our contractual relationships with all the major music labels remain fully intact and will transition to our new platform.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 19, 2016 16 comments
But if you want their CD-quality streaming service, Deezer Elite, you can only get it through Sonos (sigh). So what are we getting from Deezer? Another $9.99/mo. 320kbps lossy streaming service (there's no free tier for US customers).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 18, 2016 1 comments
As not to repeat Michael Manousselis selections of Lovely Recordings where I enjoy many of the same recordings on a daily basis, I’ve chosen to go the fun route. These recordings certainly won’t be played for critical listeners on expensive rigs but I definitive enjoy them in my car or listening on head-phones riding the subway, a fun factor of 10.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 14, 2016 1 comments
"Sarathy instantly caught my attention when he said he wanted to make an album that embraced both Indian folk music and jazz - two worlds that have had a big influence on me. His album succeeds in bringing these things together in an elegant way, but it’s his own style and ideas that come through the most in the music. Refreshingly different, this is a deep and powerful listening experience." Four Tet
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 14, 2016 92 comments
Guess Who's Back?
If you've been following Roon's development, you know that you need to run Roon Core on either a computer or a NAS. Since I already own a NAS, which is underpowered for running Roon Core, I thought I'd explore the world of mini computers by reviewing two; an Intel NUC and a sonicTransporter i5 (sT). Why two? To see if there's any difference.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 12, 2016 19 comments
According to Nielsen Soundscan's 2016 numbers through June, total music download sales were $404.9 million, down from $531.6 in 2015. This plunge follows drops of 16% and 6.6% in 2015 and '14 respectively. Of course, streaming is booming.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 11, 2016 6 comments
I’ve been involved with music and hifi my whole life. I sang professionally for 10 years, and then transitioned to life in the real world, first selling audio at several high-end stores in DC and NYC, then at, and early classical music subscription service, and for the past 12 years saving the world from bad metadata at Gracenote.

I listen to all kinds of music, and particularly love jazz, but other genres have been well covered by previously. Opera can be difficult for the uninitiated, so I thought this might be a good theme for my own Lovely Recordings installment.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 08, 2016 4 comments
P-Funk? More like PFSN (Punk/Funk/Soul/Noise) according to Marc Ribot's website. The Young Philadelphians are Jamaaladeen Tacuma on bass, G. Calvin Weston drums, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and a three-piece string section and together with Marc Ribot's searing six-string they rip through some classic Philly soul on Live In Toyko "where deco meets disco meets decon".
Steven Plaskin Posted: Jul 07, 2016 35 comments
image credit: Wyred 4 Sound

Wyred 4 Sound, E.J. Sarmento’s California Company, has jumped into the very competitive ring of USB enhancement devices with their new Recovery USB Reclocker.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 06, 2016 7 comments
So much concern was expressed over the Tidal/Apple news, I decided to go to the source. Thus far, I can report that things go in and out. Over and over, again.