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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 02, 2016 2 comments
I'll be heading over to the swanky Park Lane Hotel on Friday to take in the sights & sounds of The New York Audio Show (and autumn in NY). The Chester Group reports 30 exhibition rooms with over 100 brands represented. Think small; I can fit 50 cartridge brands in my backpack.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 31, 2016 3 comments
I love music. Good music is good music regardless of genre. The following is what comes to my mind when thinking of lovely recordings. All are on Tidal. The following are good music whether on HiFi or AM radio. I think these are unique from things previously listed. If not, I missed something and apologize.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 28, 2016 7 comments
"World Music". As with most things, it depends on one's perspective. I find the concept of "World Music" kinda appalling but maybe I'm too sensitive.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Oct 27, 2016 3 comments
Musica Pristina’s Virtuoso Network DAC is a Roon Ready DAC that takes advantage of Roon Lab’s RAAT (Roon Advanced Audio Transport) protocol technology for bit perfect network streaming over Ethernet and WiFi networks. RAAT supports “all relevant audio formats today and for the foreseeable future.” Musica Pristina is one of the earliest companies to support Roon’s RAAT with a DAC that utilizes this new network protocol.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 27, 2016 19 comments
Crowds and Power
"The world's first bank-switching, microprocessor-controller, ultracapacitor-based, ultra-low-noise external linear power supply has arrived!" I purchased the UpTone Audio UltraCap LPS-1 from the UpTone website and it arrived last week. While this is a review, it is unusual in those two regards; I bought one sight unheard, and I wrote this review after about 7 hours of listening time. Sometimes, that's the way I roll.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 25, 2016 59 comments
in a men's room at RMAF 2016

"Should I sell my DAC, which I love, to buy an MQA DAC right now?"

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 24, 2016 3 comments
If there is a thread among these recordings, it is perhaps that I feel they are by unjustly overlooked artists, who deserve to stand with some of the best and most famous. I am partial to jazz, but am really open to any music genres, so I have included some gems that seem to be forgotten but are in fact quite influential on generations of subsequent musicians.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 21, 2016 5 comments
Natalie Mering, the person who becomes Weyes Blood, has been fascinating me since 2013's The Outside Room. Her next record, 2014's The Innocents, was a Download of the Week and I was very fortunate to see her perform up close and personal that same year at SXSW. Front Row Seat To Earth, her new album released today on Mexican Summer, sounds more mature, more other worldly, more Mering-like, more beautiful.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 20, 2016 4 comments
I needed some respite after RMAF to regroup and reinvest my time in listening. Here's the barn's new (old) barn light which is one change of two.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2016 4 comments
My music collection is probably best described as eclectic. It all started in my late teens and then particularly in my early twenties when I stopped smoking and picked up a CD habit instead. Perhaps worse on the pocket, but at least I had something to show for it afterwards. And better on the lungs.