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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 27, 2015 2 comments
"Beware of any dealer who tries to tell you what sounds best; you are the only judge of that and can best decide by making several trips to the store, listening carefully each time."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 26, 2015 4 comments
Lovely recordings can be old or not so old, well-known or not, and by the famous or obscure. Classic to an audiophile may not be the same as classic to a music scholar or to a hipster. Mostly, classic depends on the shared consensus of a certain population. (Doesn’t any definition?) Yeah, there’s more to it, but the purpose of this feature, as far as I'm concerned, is less about linguistics and more about sharing superlative musical recordings whose long-term worthiness can be agreed upon by most who encounter them. How’s that? Rather than defend my choices about what I’ve recognized as classics below, I’ll just say that I like them for the gestalt of their particular lyrical, instrumental, technical, and engineering merits, and predict that most of you will, too. These eight albums are some of my go-tos when I need to scratch a musical itch and don’t want to spend much time searching. May you enjoy and profit from them as much as I do.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 24, 2015 9 comments
Yes, I changed the name from "Classic Recordings" to "Lovely Recordings". 'Classic' implied Classical and that's not what Lovely Recordings is meant to be. What it is meant to be is simply recordings that offer a combination of exceptional music and exceptional sound quality. Great music, great sound. Great, no?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 23, 2015 2 comments
I spent yesterday evening glued to a second tier seat in Carnegie Hall. The Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons tickled every part of my brain with their stunning telling of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky followed by Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. If it were possible to download that experience and share it with you, I would. During the intermission, I commented to John DeVore, who was responsible for the invite, I felt as if I had been given a deep massage; the typical tension in my shoulders and neck was gone (it still is). Music heals.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Oct 22, 2015 36 comments
When our AudioStream editor, Michael Lavorgna, asked me if I was interested in reviewing the Kubala-Sosna Realization USB cable, I was momentarily hesitant. I knew that some of our gentle readers would be shocked at a review of a $3500 USB cable given that the cost of this cable exceeds many fine DACs that have been reviewed at AudioStream. But my curiosity was tweaked if this cable exceeded the sonic performance of some of the excellent USB cables I have reviewed or discussed in my quest for ever-better sound from computer audio.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 21, 2015 17 comments
Sometimes my mind goes places I'd rather it not go. It's as if it has a mind of its own. Perusing yesterday's hi-fi news, I came across the new Yamaha MusicCast portable wireless speaker ($249.95), the first product in their 20 MusicCast-enabled product lineup, offering an all out attack on wireless multi-room audio. And I thought, who cares?
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 20, 2015 15 comments
I'm listening to "Tout Juste Sous La Surface, Je Guette" from Aidan Baker's lovely Already Drowning using the AURALiC Aries mini wireless network player leashed to the Aurlaic Vega DAC via USB and I'm hearing good things. The mini is getting its tunes via WiFi from my Synology NAS running MinimServer and the setup took all of ten minutes, including SUI (stupid user issues).
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 19, 2015 13 comments
I have a confession to make; near the end of nearly every RMAF, some piece of music played on some system in some room chokes me up to the point of having to hold back tears. I would suggest my reaction has to do with everything including the music and its sound. Three year's ago, it was the "Violin Sonata in G Minor" composed by Claude Debussy as performed by David Abel, violin, and Julie Steinberg, piano, from a DSD transfer in the Wilson/VTL room (see details).
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 16, 2015 1 comments
With her last album, Loud City Song (see review), Julia Holter seemed to have stepped up to a level of musical maturity. With her new release, Have You In My Wilderness on Domino, she seems to have been busy building new musical worlds.