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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments
This is exactly how you get more people involved in hi-fi (from the Audio Arts room)

I would call the NY Audio Show a great success by near any standard. The New York Palace Hotel was crowded with show goers of all ages, sexes, shapes, and sizes. There was plenty to see and hear, I would say the rooms generally sounded just fine, and there were many interesting and informative seminars to take part in. Apparently not everyone feels that there are too many hi-fi shows, least of all the many attendees, which should come as good news to the business interests.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 01, 2012 8 comments
Thanks to reader Mr. T for pointing us to this more recent and more extensive interview with Neil Young on where he expands on his distaste for the MP3.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 14, 2016 13 comments
Here's a lovely piece of writing on the recent observation made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), "...that a signal from gravitational waves had been discovered emanating from the collision and merger of two massive black holes over a billion light-years away. How far away is that? Well, one light-year is about 5.88 trillion miles.", writes Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicist, director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, and author of "A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing". This discovery also confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity.

What does this have to do AudioStream? This quote from Lawrence M. Krauss sums up this relevance nicely:

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 16, 2013 0 comments
Yours truly penned a four-page intro to computer audio that appears in this month's Sound & Vision. This marks the first edition of the new merged titans Home Theater + Sound & Vision and it's chock full of sights and sounds to explore.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 22, 2016 5 comments
Thanks to reader Angelo P. for pointing me to How to Listen to Music: Escaping algorithms and musical ruts, a review of Ben Ratliff’s book Every Song Ever: 20 Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty. Spencer Kornhaber discusses Ratliff's book and puts it into our musically abundant context:
"At least since the advent of Napster, in 1999, the Internet’s potential effect on listeners (if not on industry coffers and artists) has often been portrayed as radical and utopian. Music bloggers, the iPod’s massive storage capabilities, and, most recently, the virtually unlimited browsing potential afforded by streaming—the convergence would surely pave the way for a generation to whom eclecticism was normal. Human curiosity could finally triumph over genre tribalism and lowest-common-denominator marketing. The super-listener would rise."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 11, 2012 21 comments
I had a fairly lengthy and pleasant exchange (30 some emails back 'n forth) with reader Tom D. that began with Tom asking how he could get iTunes-based music to play through his recently purchased Marantz AV7005 AV Preamp/Processor. But that was only the beginning. While we came to a workable solution for Tom's specific situation (which I believe is rather unique so not worth getting into the details here), I found his comments in one of our most recent emails well worth sharing:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 14, 2015 26 comments
If you ever read an article about sound quality and music and it includes "On my laptop's speakers I could not tell the difference...", I'd recommend taking everything said related to sound quality as being relevant only under those same conditions. After all, it's important to realize that any test is only as valid as the conditions under which the test was performed.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 10, 2015 0 comments
Reader Roberto Z. was kind enough to send me the following email. He also gave me the OK to share it with you, here, including this picture of his son. Made my day. Thanks Roberto!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 18, 2015 6 comments

moDernisT_v1 from Ryan Maguire on Vimeo.

When the Moving Pictures Experts Group first developed the MP3 codec way back in 1993, they didn't just base it on theories. They also listened to some of their favorite music to help determine which was the least offensive perceptual model. Listening to music was used to tweak the science. One of the tracks employed for these purposes was Susann Vega's "Tom's Diner". The above video by Ryan Maguire, a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, was created using the sounds that MP3 encoding (at 320kbps) discards from "Tom's Diner" while the video portion was created from the data discarded during mp4 video compression. Give it a listen.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 25, 2013 12 comments
In his article for the NY Times, Steven Kurutz presents an interesting case for the future of high-end audio. He essentially offers up two distinct listening options; one representing convenience and poor sound quality, i.e. lossy compressed download and streaming music formats, and the other the "scratchy joys of vinyl". What Mr. Kurutz obviously misses is the growing number of CD or better quality downloads being offered by non-audiophile sites including Boomkat,, and Soundcloud. And if you want to find music-loving audio geeks, what better place than computer audio!