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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 20, 2015 48 comments
“If your experiment needs a statistician, you need a better experiment.” ― Ernest Rutherford

I have not seen the results of yesterday's Amazing Randi/Ars Technica $1,000,000 challenge comparing an AudioQuest Vodka Ethernet cable to "a cheap Amazon Basics Cat5 Ethernet" but I can't wait to read the results and the analysis of those results. Should be entertaining. My guess is we'll be told that Ethernet cables do not make any difference even though many people have experienced otherwise. One real question is—when looking at results from audio tests involving more than one person, does it make sense to draw generalized conclusions that discount individual results?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 17, 2015 31 comments
All the the world's a staging and there's no bigger stage than Las Vegas and no bigger lover of that stage than James Randi. Ars Technica along with the James Randi Educational Foundation are going to put an AudioQuest Vodka Ethernet cable to the test! Well actually they are going to put whoever takes part in the test to the test the results of which will tell us everything we wanted to know about these listeners listening to the test gear and music in the test environment. But hey, I love the scientific method as much as the next guy especially when it's tarted up and paraded on stage in Vegas in front of paying skeptical spectators. That sounds like the perfect impartial crowd in a perfectly natural and acoustically sound environment for a listening test, no? I'll be hanging on the edge of my seat waiting to hear how they didn't hear a difference.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 17, 2015 1 comments
Sharon Van Etten, Patty Griffin, Diane Cluck, Julia Holter, Lucinda Williams, Marissa Nadler, Laurel Halo, Larkin Grimm, Isobel Campbell, Tara Jane O'Neil, and Josephine Foster sing songs penned by Karen Dalton. Sold.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 16, 2015 9 comments
As music consumers move from ownership to access on a global scale, the music industry and its technology partners the streaming services haven't figured out how to run the business they're running. Who pays the price for their incompetence? The people without whom this business would not exist—musicians and songwriters. Thankfully Rethink Music has taken on the task of unraveling this unholy mess.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 16, 2015 13 comments
Mr. Young let me introduce you to Tidal, Qobuz, and Deezer Elite. They have what you want.
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Steven Plaskin Posted: Jul 16, 2015 4 comments
The MSB Technology Premium Quad USB2 Module is a new USB input module for the Analog DAC that represents a substantial improvement in the application of USB technology for this highly respected DAC. Both Michael Lavorgna and I have previously reviewed the Analog DAC (see Steve's review and Michael's follow-up) and found it to be an excellent sounding DAC that was characterized by a relaxed natural sound. At the time of my review of the Analog DAC in 2013, MSB sent me the Platinum Data CD IV Transport to be used in the evaluation of the Analog DAC. MSB Technology felt that this transport connected to the MSB Network input module had superior sound to the USB Basic 384 input module and would better demonstrate the capabilities of the Analog DAC. Although I could get somewhat close to the sound of the Platinum Data CD IV Transport with numerous hardware tweaks and software programs, I still found the Transport to be better sounding than using the USB Basic 384 module.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 15, 2015 24 comments
I just bought a CD; Chet Baker Sings and Plays From The Film Let's Get Lost. I used to own this CD, somehow lost it years ago, and somehow the ripped version was no longer to be found either. Odd, that. Let's Get Lost is a wonderful collection of old and new standards and the Bruce Weber film it's from, a sad eyeopening tale of a musician, a man, and addiction.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 14, 2015 12 comments
In hi-fi, we talk about subjectivists vs objectivists as if this distinction has some inherent merit, some foundation in actuality when in point of fact, the distinction as commonly used is nonsensical.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 13, 2015 1 comments
Paul Pang Professional Audio Studio Audio Grade Switcher ($149)

We've had some changes/additions to our recent Coming Soon list that merit an update.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 10, 2015 7 comments
Our dog died. Heidi was nearly 11, a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog and my/our family's first pet. She was gentle, a bit of a loaner, a real sweetheart. We spent a lot of time together, Heidi enjoyed laying around listening to music, and she only asked for occasional attention which I enjoyed giving her as much if not more than she enjoyed receiving it.

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