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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 16, 2012 9 comments
The Schiit Bifrost DAC has garnered a lot of buzz for its price/performance ratio. And I mean a lot of buzz from reviewers and forum posters alike. And when a product delivers performance well beyond its price, especially if that price is perceived to be low, that component may as well be sainted or knighted (depending on your point of view). Saint Denon 103, Sir Touch of Squeezebox, and today's specimen under scrutiny, Sir Bifrost of Schiit.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 16, 2012 0 comments
Erasurehead's industrial nightmare captured in sound. What more can a guy ask for?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 15, 2012 6 comments
Gordon Rankin. photo credit: Art Dudley

Gordon Rankin, the founder and designer of Wavelength Audio, is responsible for among other things the first consumer DAC to employ Asynchronous USB. You can find his Asynchronous USB Steamlength™ technology in a number of highly regarded DACs including his own Crimson, Cosecant, Brick, and Proton as well the Halide DAC HD, AudioQuest Dragonfly, Grace M903, Aesthetix USB products, Ayre DX-5, QA-9 and the Berkley Alpha USB. I'd like to thank Gordon for taking the time for this Q&A and I hope you enjoy this peak inside Wavelength Audio.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 14, 2012 23 comments
iFi iUSBPower
My desktop setup has evolved into an iMac running Audirvana, the Audioquest Dragonfly USB DAC, AudioQuest Victoria cable, into the ADAM A3X powered speakers. I listen to this setup every day more and less and I enjoy it every time I listen to it. While it's not perfect, nothing is in hi-fi except enjoyment and as I said, this setup works in that regard for me. So why mess with enjoyment?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3 comments
We're back! With power, internet, water...the whole nine yards and it only took 2 weeks. I'll leave you with one more musical choice for now and it's one of the choicest I know. The Lowell Davidson Trio's only record recorded July 27th, 1965, their self-titled release on ESP Disc was one of my "Records To Die For" in Stereophile magazine and it features Lowell Davidson on piano, Gary Peacock on bass, and Milford Graves on percussion. While I did not study with Milford during my time at Bennington College, I saw him perform a number of times and I count these among my most intense experiences of any kind.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 12, 2012 5 comments
Mayhem. Sonic mayhem. Peter Brötzmann, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Sonny Sharrock, and Bill Laswell tear everything up, chew it, spit it out, and repeat. This quartet freely rips through jazz, rock, and blues and stomps all over all them tropes until they lay splayed out on the ground begging for mercy. Punk Jazz is much too timid a term.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 11, 2012 4 comments
Wind + Trees = No Power. In Hurricane Sandy's case, we're talking nearly two weeks without power and counting and that puts a real damper on day-to-day activities including listening to music on the hi-fi. Since we live in a rural community, our water comes from a well so no power also means no...Water, water, every where/Nor any drop to drink. That said, we were among the fortunate and only lost a few (very large) trees. My cousin's home was filled with water and many of our friends who own houses at the shore saw the ocean and bay rise up to reclaim much of the barrier island they call summer home, a sobering reminder of nature's fury.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 11, 2012 1 comments
Another worldly stunner this time from Malian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Rokia Traoré. Backed by musicians playing traditional African instruments including n'gouni, classical harp, and kora, with the addition of acoustic and electric guitar (Rokia plays a 1967 Gretsch Country Gentleman), percussion, a complete drum kit, and singing mostly in her native tongue, Tchamantche is a tender and warm if somewhat forlorn tasty treat.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2012 1 comments
I loved Andy Stott's 2011 releases We Stay Together and Passed Me By so I'm amazed to be recommending another Andy Stott record so soon after. But I am. Luxury Problems sounds as menacing as ever as if you've taken the wrong turn into some dark dank metropolis but the further you go the more beauty you begin to see. Don't get me wrong this ain't no Judy Garland but seeing the light amid all this sonic squalor is even that much more rewarding.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Nov 09, 2012 1 comments
Sessions From The 17th Ward is Amber Rubarth’s latest release on Chesky Records. While HDtracks refers to her music as folk, there is a wide variety of music on this download with songs written by Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Amber’s own songs accompanied by her guitar. Along with Amber, is Dave Eggar:cello, Chuck Palmer: percussion, and Tim Snider: violin.


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