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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 01, 2016 5 comments
I follow Sturgill Simpson on Facebook. While that sentence kinda gives me the creeps, it's one of the more useful followings as I get concert announcements, since Ticketmonster is in the loop I never actually get tickets, and other news. Recently Sturgill, hey I follow him so I can call him Surgill, posted a link to an interview and performance with one of his heroes, John Prine. And I remembered how much I love John Prine for his humanity, his words, wit, and wisdom and of course his music which contains all these things. Humor, too.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 30, 2016 56 comments
Wow
I like simple. I appreciate uncomplicated. Yet I write about computer audio. I also listen to music every day for most of the day so I'm very much interested in the quality of that experience. I've been waiting years for these things to come together and they finally have.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 29, 2016 41 comments
The AES has just published a peer-reviewed paper by Dr. Joshua D. Reiss titled "A Meta-Analysis of High Resolution Audio Perceptual Evaluation" which concludes:
"The overall conclusion is that the perceived fidelity of an audio recording and playback chain can be affected by operating beyond conventional levels."
In other words, yes, people can hear the difference with hi-res. My ears and brain and experience rejoice in this positive reinforcement!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 27, 2016 35 comments
Pinch me.
Today, we’re proud to announce Roon Server for compatible QNAP and Synology NAS devices, which means you can enjoy the Roon experience without a PC!
I like simple, as you'll read in Thursday's review of the (stunning) Roon Ready Sonore microRendu with an Intel NUC acting as Roon Server. But running Roon Server directly on a NAS? That's even simpler. Less parts! Pinch me.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 27, 2016 7 comments
I listen to a lot of different genres of music. Jazz, jazz fusion, blues, rock, American, folk, and bluegrass fill up my music collection. Some of my favorite music, however, is music that doesn’t fit any category. Three of my favorite albums are older albums by genre busting musicians that play with other genre busting musicians.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 24, 2016 0 comments
I flip-flopped all week. I even asked Art Dudley to help me out, which he did. I went from pseudo-bluegrass, to roots guitar, to songs about puberty, to a band from Montclair, but nothing felt right. Then I realized I was trying too hard, which is kinda funny in a not-so-funny way, if you think about it.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 23, 2016 30 comments
Junior
If you're looking for senior, that would be the PS Audio DirectStream (see review). Junior came into being with lots of senior's genes, of greatest import the FPGA-based digital processing engine developed by Ted Smith. The company then went about saving costs in less critical areas and Junior was born. The question on most people's minds may very well be—how far did Junior fall from the tree?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 22, 2016 10 comments
[Editors Note: Reader Leon Yiu sent me a series of very interesting emails related to listening to high-res music, the Nyquist Shannon Sampling theory, and "...I have found academic research which disproves the logic in Monty's [Montgomery] claim regarding sampling rates that so long as you have a sampling rate over twice the frequency rate, it will be reproduced perfectly." Leon also included a link to the paper "Sampling: What Nyquist Didn’t Say, and What to Do About It". I'd like to thank Leon for pointing me to this paper and I'd like to thank Tim Wescott of Wescott Design Services for his kind permission to reproduce it here in its entirety. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 21, 2016 8 comments
Last Wednesday I drove down to retailer World Wide Stereo (WWS) in Montgomerville, PA where I tagged along with AudioQuest's Steve Silberman as he computer-audio-enabled WWS. The back story: Bob Cole, the owner of WWS, got into a discussion regarding computer audio with Steve some months back and Steve shared how AudioQuest sees CA as one of the most vibrant growth areas of consumer electronics. Bob immediately said, "then we need to get serious and get into that space". And here we are.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 20, 2016 4 comments
Hey East Coast Mike! This is West Coast Mike. Also born in 1961 and a fan of your column (not entirely your music taste though). Also have two kids and a wife. Took a stab at doing a "Lovely Recordings" list for your column.

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