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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 02, 2016 2 comments
I was rifling through the "unplayed Princeton Record Exchange purchases" section of my record rack, and I came across the double LP Reflection (released August 1, 2008) from Emaciator. This was one of those "This looks interesting" buys, meaning I had no idea, other than what the record looked like and the name of the band/album, what it would sound like. I was thinking dark and excoriating.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 01, 2016 11 comments
All-In-One With A Twist
The ELAC Discovery is a one-box solution for people looking to turn their digital music collection, streamed and stored, into analog while using Roon to control playback. The Discovery handles gapless playback and PCM resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz (WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, OGG, MP3, AAC) while offering two analog outputs + WiFi for multiroom(s) audio. Here's the twist: Discovery runs on Roon Essentials, which negates the need for a separate device running Roon Server/Core, and Roon Essentials is included in the Discovery's price.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 30, 2016 2 comments
It's that time again. Lovely Recordings has become an indispensable aspect of the AudioStream genome and I want (need?) to keep it going.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 29, 2016 8 comments
Back in the late '80s when I was living on the Upper West Side, I decided to rent a saxophone. I had taken lessons, school lessons, as a youngster but you could say that my saxophone playing skills were non-existent.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 28, 2016 6 comments
I just found your site and love this feature and wanted to share a few of my own. Here goes:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 25, 2016 2 comments
15 years ago, give or take a year os so, I was shopping for new hi-fi gear at NYC hi-fi shop In Living Stereo. Very much unlike some stories you hear about shopping for a hi-fi in a hi-fi shop, I was having a great time mainly because the very genial and knowledgeable hi-fi sales guy, Jonathan Halpern, was playing some great music through some great gear (which I'd come to learn was the very first Shindo amplifier to hit the US of A imported by none other than Mr. Halpern). One of the records that floored me, not just my jaw, was Grant Green's Street Of Dreams (Blue Note, 1967, recorded 1964).
Steven Plaskin Posted: Nov 23, 2016 33 comments
Many computer audiophiles have been discovering that optimization of the operating system can lead to significant improvements in the sound of their music systems. I have previously reviewed Fidelizer Pro (see review); a program that I found made sonic improvements to the sound of music software utilizing the Windows Operating System. I have also reviewed the Playback Designs Syrah Server (see review) that employed a modified Windows 10 Pro that was stripped and configured so that it could only be used to play audio files and utilize network access.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 21, 2016 1 comments
The following Lovely Recordings submission represents a small sample of my personal varied taste in music. Hopefully some of the words sprinkled below will be enough to entice some of the readers to further investigate the albums, better yet just let the music speak for itself. Enjoy!