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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 19, 2014 4 comments
Whoa. Lean in around 2:17 of "Boa" below and hear some of the heaviest heaviness you're bound to hear this year. Originally planned as part of The Bug's recent full length Angels & Devils (see review), this two-track EP came about because this particular pairing needed more time and space to flesh things out. I'm a fan of Earth's doom and drone and obviously The Bug's way with bass, beats, and clatter and the combination is a super-powered tasty sonic treat.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 18, 2014 0 comments
AudioStream's Greatest Bits 2014 represents every bit, bob, and bobble reviewed this year that has received our Greatest Bits award. I hope you enjoy this year's picks.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 18, 2014 3 comments
What do we want from a network player? The ability to easily stream music from our network attached storage, from a USB drive, perhaps stream from Internet Radio and streaming services, a nice interface via an easy to use app, and of course good sound. Good looks don't hurt either and just add to the ownership experience. The Primare NP30 checks off these boxes and it even adds Bluetooth connectivity for easy streaming from your or your friends and family's smart phones.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 17, 2014 7 comments
In an interview with Billboard, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about the possibility of adding a higher tiered lossless service to Spotify:
Just like we’ve had deluxe edition of albums, everyone is thinking about how does that look like in a future world? Lossless music -- is that a higher priced tier? Is that something that comes with deluxe editions? How should we package subscriptions to consumers? That’s a very big topic right now on the label side. The kind of debates that I’ve wanted to have for many, many years with the music industry, we’re finally seeing it happening. The industry is realizing, “Hey, we need to embrace streaming, and we need to do it fast.”
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5 comments
I reviewed the Devialet 120 (see review) and was very impressed by, well, everything. The design, the sound, the functionality, all added up to an engrossing musical experience. Devialet has just introduced two new products, the Phantom and the Silver Phantom, which essentially package most of the technology from the 120—amps, streamer, Ethernet, WiFi, DSP, and DAC—and add speakers for a Devialet all-in-one system. You can use a single Phantom, a pair for stereo, or more for multi-channel or multi-room sound. And what a package it is!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 16, 2014 7 comments
As reported by re/code, during the company’s earnings call last week, Warner's CEO Stephen Cooper said:
As we have said before, streaming – and particularly the subscription model – more fully captures the true demand for music. In the streaming universe, consumption drives the economics — so the more that people listen to music, the better it is for our artists and our business.
Cooper continued with a nod to Taylor Swift:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 15, 2014 11 comments
from The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover

Let's start with a similar question—How important is the taste of the food you eat or the wine you drink? Do you find you enjoy a meal more when you enjoy its taste? Do you linger over your bites longer, perhaps eat a little more than you would have if you liked it less? Or is food merely sustenance and wine a means to an end regardless of taste?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 12, 2014 5 comments
Fascinating rhythms, polyrhythmic delights. New York-based Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences knows his way around beats and on Circuitous his first record for the Pan label, his sonic explorations go pretty far out. The label's press release for Circuitous mentions Afrofuturism, science fiction, transcendental free jazz, future hip hop, and Sun Ra which is pretty far-reaching but not far-fetched.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 11, 2014 30 comments
From the press release:
Developed by Meridian, MQA is a breakthrough technology to reverse the trend, in which sound quality has been continually sacrificed for convenience. Vital elements of our music have been thrown away to fit thousands of songs into a pocket or millions in a cloud. With MQA there is no sacrifice; it brings us right back to the enthralling sound of live music. MQA captures and preserves nuances and vital information that current music files obscure or discard, but in a file that is small and convenient to download or stream.
MQA stands for Master Quality Authenticated and is Meridian's answer to delivering high resolution quality in a lossless compressed proprietary format that squeezes down even 24/192 files to roughly the size of CD-quality files. But that's not all.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 09, 2014 28 comments
In an interview with The Guardian, Sir Paul McCartney expresses his dismay over crappy sound reproduction, "A lot of kids listen to music on their smartphones through these tiny little speakers. I’m pulling my hair out thinking, 'Argh, I spent hours making that high-fidelity sound! Get a decent set of headphones! Please!'"