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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2016 3 comments
The short story: the original Montreal show organizers, Michel Plante and Sarah Tremblay, along with industry members have created a non-profit organization and have taken over the renamed Montréal Salon Audio / Audio Fest which is back on schedule, opening as planned on March 18th. Here's the press release:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 09, 2016 5 comments
From today's press release:
It is with considerable sadness that we have to inform you that it has been decided to defer this year’s Salon Son & Image Show/Montreal Audio Show due to take place at the Bonaventure Hotel on the 18 – 20 March 2016.

The deciding factor has been market support, with a substantial drop in companies wanting to support this long established event.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 09, 2016 44 comments
Some people are interested in just the facts, just the measured performance of their hi-fi gear so they can be assured the sound they hear is as accurate as possible. Some suggest that there is a direct correlation between accuracy and enjoyment and if you feel comfortable and reassured with this approach, I've got the perfect hi-fi for you.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 08, 2016 7 comments
Here's a list of some of the sites I frequent when looking to buy music downloads. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 07, 2016 9 comments
Since my musical tastes are all over the map, it's only fitting that my list would reflect that. I've been very impressed by the diversity of tastes so far in the Lovely Recordings column and have felt compelled to contribute my own list. In keeping with the spirit of discovery, I hope everyone will find something new here to enjoy.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 04, 2016 8 comments
Here's the skinny on my intro to Jesu/Sun Kil Moon (Rough Trade, 2016); I read that in the song "Exodus", Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek talks about Nick Cave losing his son in that tragic accident. I'd been thinking about Nick Cave, the father, so I couldn't help but run my fingers over to Tidal where they tapped in my request to play the entire album. Tidal obliged.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 03, 2016 12 comments
Streaming your NAS-based music from storage to speakers requires a device that sits in between. The requirements for this device are twofold; it needs to recognize your network attached storage (NAS) and make it available to another device, typically iOS or Android, which acts as your remote control for playback. In UPnP parlance, which I find as clear and easy to remember as Latin, and I never studied Latin, we're talking about a renderer and a control point. The Sonore Signature Series Rendu is, as its name suggests, a renderer whose job it is to serve up your network attached music. It'll also stream from Tidal as you'll learn about below.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 02, 2016 7 comments
How's that for click bait? Here's the original title of the article from The Vinyl Factory website I'm referring to, "The Dangers Of Digital: Brian Eno On Technology And Modern Music". That's even more intriguing, no?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 01, 2016 13 comments
with John Atkinson

I think of myself as a private person, funny, no?, which is why I don't typically share personal information. When it comes to AudioStream, the work we do speaks for itself, as well it should, making questions of experience, expertise, and knowledge evident through action. Or so I'd hope. However, I've noticed that when having 'conversations' with some people in the comments here and via email, they are basing their opinions on assumptions pertaining to my experience, expertise, and knowledge. Why not provide some biographical information to let readers know more about me? I asked myself. And I answered, why not.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 29, 2016 4 comments
Bowie and Bischoff, OK now you have my attention. About all I know of Jherek Bischoff is his 2012 LP I bought, Composed. But that’s enough to know that his ear for string arranging within the pop idiom is certainly interesting. And rightly or wrongly, the speed with which Strung Out in Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute has been released tells me this was less about some grandiose tribute stocked with a roomful of Big Name Stars than it was from the efforts of a few appreciative fans who just happen to be capable, professional musicians with the drive to make it happen, now. Bischoff has a little more to say about that here.