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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 24, 2016 1 comments
Our post on the The Silent Majority elicited a nice response, both in the comments and via email. To further reinforce the notion that we are not alone, here are some of the emails I received in response to The Silent Majority.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 23, 2016 13 comments
Sonore Signature Series Rendu ($2895)

Here's what's in-house or en-route to AudioStream for review.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 22, 2016 19 comments
I enjoy the Lovely Recordings idea and have been tempted to submit in the past, but I wasn't sure I had anything to add to the conversation. Anyway, it occurs to me that we need a heavy metal / hard rock submission. No offense against the others, I love jazz, classical, and other forms, but we need to let our hair down.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 20, 2016 9 comments
I had another fortuitous NY Times-reading experience this morning. In the Book Review, there's a review of the book, Better Living Through Criticism by A.O. Scott written by Daniel Mendelsohn. As I was reading this thought-provoking piece, I was reminded of a comment I'd just read this morning from a reader:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 19, 2016 1 comments
Blue As an Orange, released on Morphine Records in January 2016, is Pierre Bastien and his merry band of mechanical musicians. Bastien builds his automated orchestras from non-musical stuff, amplified Meccano parts, motors, fans, rattles, paper, and nails, turning them into automata timekeepers. Over the top, Bastien interjects his own playing on prepared trumpet, gongs, electric harpsichord, bass, drums and more adding up to a pleasantly jangly and at times jazzy journey.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 18, 2016 16 comments
Trickle Down
John Atkinson praised the dCS Vivaldi stack (114,496) in his Measurements section of Michael Fremer's review; "Without any doubt, this was the best digital playback I have experienced." and "When I measured the company's earlier four-box system, the Scarlatti, in 2009, I concluded that it offered 'state-of-the-art measured performance.' The Vivaldi improves on the Scarlatti's performance in almost every way. Wow!" The dCS Rossini DAC inherits a number of things from the Vivaldi including the dCS Digital Processing Platform.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 16, 2016 54 comments
If you spend any time reading about hi-fi online— blogs, blog comments, forums— you may very well walk away with the idea that our hi-fi hobby is filled with angry people railing against all manner of corruption. If I was new to hi-fi and my introduction came about through forums or comments, I'd run away and never look back. Rarely will you read anything about music in this miasma, rarely will you be treated to anything to do with enjoyment, let alone the entire point of our hi-fi hobby; The experience of enjoying listening to music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 16, 2016 3 comments
I decided to watch the 2016 Grammys last night and I decided to enjoy myself. It wasn't very difficult either. Taylor Swift's opener was pure pop, Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute was a romp, The Alabama Shakes delivered a high-energy jaunt, and then there was Kendrick Lamar performing two songs from last year's album To Pimp A Butterfly plus something brand new. This was among the most moving and powerful performances I've ever seen. Anywhere. Watch for yourself:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 15, 2016 1 comments
The recordings I am listing have engaged me and gotten me out of repetitive listening that I tend to find myself getting into from time to time. They don’t come from a particular genre, and at least as far I can determine, there is no pattern. At the time I first heard each of these records I was most likely focusing on classical or jazz to the exclusion of much else except for the blues, which tends to be a constant for me. These albums either brought me out of that comfort zone or made me want to explore a new genre. Some of this music was genuinely new to me while others were something I found at a store or saw an article about that caused me to seek them out. I find myself coming back to these and a few others when I am in need of breaking out.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 14, 2016 13 comments
Here's a lovely piece of writing on the recent observation made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), "...that a signal from gravitational waves had been discovered emanating from the collision and merger of two massive black holes over a billion light-years away. How far away is that? Well, one light-year is about 5.88 trillion miles.", writes Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicist, director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, and author of "A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing". This discovery also confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity.

What does this have to do AudioStream? This quote from Lawrence M. Krauss sums up this relevance nicely:

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