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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 03, 2016 2 comments
List #2 is international, avoiding the ‘audiophile’ albums as per your recommendation.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 30, 2016 1 comments
Some limbs are larger than others; Bon Iver's new album, 22, A Million, was released today so I'd only heard a few songs in their entirety and snippets of the rest until this morning. But I knew I was going to recommend it here nonetheless. Fans of Justin Vernon will see this as one of those big, fat, safe limbs, sturdy enough to carry my weight.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Sep 29, 2016 20 comments
When Grant Samuelsen, Marketing and Sales Director at Shunyata Research, contacted me concerning the new Hydra Denali Series of Power Distributors, I assumed that that this would be a conversation discussing the repackaging of Shunyata’s previous efforts in a more affordably priced product. After an extended phone conversation with Grant, I realized that the Shunyata Denali Series represented a total rethinking by Caelin Gabriel, Designer and CEO of Shunyata Research, in the design of his power conditioners. A portion of the technology in the Denali Series resulted from Shunyata’s work in the new medical grade technology that has been successfully developed for electrophysiology labs and hospitals.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 28, 2016 0 comments

Alan Turing created his computer music making machine at the Computing Machine Laboratory in Manchester, England. In 1951, a group of BBC broadcasters arrived to hear a music recital of computer-generated music generated by Turing's music machine. A recording of this event was saved to 12-inch acetate disc and scientists have recently done some digital housekeeping, bringing the tunes back up to correct speed (Auto-Tune?) while dusting off some noise.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 27, 2016 12 comments
The leaves are turning once again in time with the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, CO which "features Mountains of Sound from the Affordable to the Absurd'". Next week, from Friday to Sunday, packs of audiophiles will descend on the Denver Marriott Tech Center in search of the affordable and the absurd? How about plain old fun.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 26, 2016 6 comments
List #1 is filled with typically Italian music but not including the usual suspects (Bocelli & Co). Enjoy.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 23, 2016 3 comments
Deux Filles are not "Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule [who] met as teenagers at a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule's mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque's mother was killed and her father paralyzed in a grisly auto accident." Nor did they bond over their shared grief working "through their bereavement with music." That was a story made up by Simon Fisher Turner and Colin Lloyd Tucker who made themselves up into Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule as Deux Filles realeasing two albums on their Papier Maché label, Silence & Wisdom (1982) and Double Happiness (1983), before hanging up their drag. Until now.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 22, 2016 10 comments
The new Mytek Brooklyn DAC does not sport a slicked back undercut, big beard, skinny jeans, a plaid shirt, and tattoos. Wrong neighborhood. What this Brooklyn sports is a preamplifier, a DSD256- and MQA-capable DAC, two headphone jacks which can be paired with a 4 pin XLR to 2 1/4 inch jacks for balanced headphones, a freakin' phono input (MM/MC), and a sculpted aluminum front panel in black (for a touch of Brooklyn) or "frosty silver".
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 20, 2016 3 comments
Bill Parish of GTT Audio (left) and Dick Diamond of YG Acoustics

Each time I see GTT Audio's Bill Parish at a hi-fi show, we make the same joke along the lines of "We live less than 20 miles from each other, yet I only see you in ______ (fill in the blank (Denver, Vegas, etc.). When I received an invite from YG Acoustics Director of Sales & Marketing Dick Diamond to the Sonja XV press event at Bill's place, I said "Sure!"

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 19, 2016 5 comments
The late 80s and early 90s were tough times for a teenage music nerd. Pop radio and MTV was all hair metal and watered-down hip-hop, there was no internet to foster discovery of new sounds, and the grunge movement had not yet ignited. Somehow I managed to latch onto some albums that wove big melodic hooks into songs with more than four chords. There tended to be good studio production and instrumentation that leant itself to close listening. While I did not know it at the time, these early exposures to recordings with aural depth set me on a path toward full-scale audio buffoonery.