Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 18, 2015 5 comments
I love Low. With their new album Ones and Sixes released on Sub Pop earlier this month, they have become even easier to love. Duluth, MN-based Low consists of Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and Steve Garrington who together form a power trio delivering beauty, menace, and a lit fuse-like groove.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 17, 2015 17 comments
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear", from Paul Revere’s Ride Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Captain Obvious says, In hi-fi, the only way to determine preference is to listen. We're going to talk about listening through two Ethernet devices, filters more or less, an "Audio Grade Switcher", and I'm also going to talk about three different Ethernet cables, all of which I own, to see if they make any difference in the mix.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 16, 2015 10 comments
For the past month or so I've been listening through the Ayre AX-5 Twenty integrated amp and a pre-production pair of my friend John DeVore's Xs. This listening is not for a review, it is simply for pleasure. Mine.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 13, 2015 21 comments
"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do."―John Ruskin

Of all the silly distinctions to creep their way into discussions of listening to music on the hi-fi, the specious argument, "You think you heard a difference, you don't know you heard a difference." is at the top of my Watch List (as in Watch out for the person saying this). This argument is typically attached at the hip to the notion that people who claim to know what they hear are "believers", in a pejorative sense. The opposite being a person who believes that if they cannot understand a reason for a perceived difference, they know there is no difference to be heard. This distinction moves the claimant from my Watch List to my Ignore List.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 11, 2015 1 comments
N' released March of this year on Bijin Record is an hour's worth of nonstop motorific danceOliscious action. Yuri Zaikawa bass, Sayaka Himeno drums, and Masako Takada guitar make music that defies their respective instruments, sounding more like samples of Bauhaus meets krautrock stretched out and put on nearly endless repeat. Nice.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 10, 2015 7 comments
"But Grandmother! What big tubes you have," said Little Red Riding Hood
Warsaw Poland's LamizatOr (What is LAMPIZATOR? It is a play on Polish Lampa (vacuum tube) and Terminator) is the brain child of Lukasz Fikus and his DACs have been causing a buzz in the computer audio world for years. What's the buzz? They sound really good. The Lite 7 DSD DAC is a pared down version of LamitzatOr's Big 7 DAC. The Big 7's tube rectifier and chokes are gone and super premium parts like the Big 7's Jupiter Copper Wax output capacitors are replaced with the less costly Jupiter AM series. The idea with the Lite 7 is to deliver The Big 7's directly heated triode sound for roughly half the price of admission.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Sep 08, 2015 1 comments
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 08, 2015 33 comments
I'm not a fan of using the word "test" when talking about listening to music since there's nothing to test beyond our enjoyment. Some people feel otherwise. Here's a test related to this un-great debate:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 04, 2015 2 comments
I love Albert Ayler; The man, the music, the spirit. ESP-Disk is one wonderful home to many of Albert Ayler's records and they've just reissued Live on the Riviera from 1970. I bought it, I've listened to it a number of times and I, of course, love it.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 03, 2015 12 comments
(Rick) Deckard
The main character in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is named Rick Deckard. Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies so I could not disassociate typing or saying "Deckard" from thinking of the film. Phew. I got that off my mind. Audeze is, for anyone not living on planet headphone, a maker of some very well regarded 'phones. I have a pair of their LCD-X here for use with their Deckard Headphone Amplifier/DAC and I've been living with this combo, on my desktop, for a few months. My first thought when listening through the Deckard was—they should have charged more.


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