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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 10, 2016 0 comments
I spent a few hours this morning listening to MQA-encoded files decoded through the Meridian Prime Headphone Amp/DAC. While it's too soon to make any definitive comments, I can say that some of the sound qualities I heard at the CES MQA demos (read about that here and here) are apparent here in the barn. Readily apparent.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 09, 2016 0 comments
Particularly perceptive readers may have noticed that an About Us link snuck, or sneaked if you are old fashioned, into the AudioStream.com footer. If you missed it, follow the link where you'll find out a number of things about us: "Our Philosophy", "Editorial & Advertising", "Measurements & Tests", and more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 09, 2016 5 comments
An article in yesterday's NY Times Science blog, New Ways Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room’, reports on recent and fascinating findings from scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
"By mathematically analyzing scans of the auditory cortex and grouping clusters of brain cells with similar activation patterns, the scientists have identified neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music — any music."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 08, 2016 4 comments
Thank you to all those that have contributed to this series. Many have shown me new artists that I was previously unaware of to date so I thought I'd return the favor. In no particular order—a little of everything:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 05, 2016 8 comments
"He is also an entertainment law professor and edits and scores films". So reads part of composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge's bio and that bit about film scores is relevant to our Download of the Week: Something About April II, released on Linear Labs January of this year, reads like a soundtrack from one of the most fascinating films you've never seen.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 03, 2016 4 comments
I don't know about you, buy I've been loving our new Lovely Recordings feature. In case you missed them, the idea is simple; I want YOU to send in some recordings you enjoy both for sound and music quality. Simple. It could be just one record, but better is always better, and what I'm looking for is a story about why this music grabs you.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 01, 2016 3 comments
I had so much fun doing an entry in Audiostream's Lovely Recordings I thought it was time to do another. Thankfully, Michael agreed. Hence the second installment.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 29, 2016 25 comments
The following document was provided by MQA and contains information and listening notes relating to files from record label 2L which have been MQA encoded.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 29, 2016 3 comments
Holes. I've got holes in my musical knowledge all over the place; if my body was a pitcher and you poured water into my head, you'd see thousands of tiny spouts spitting water through those holes. African Head Charge was one until I plugged it up thanks to Tidal HiFi. African Head Charge was formed in the early 1980s by percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noa and developed over time into a varying cast of musical characters. The band's music, dubbed "psychedelic dub", has hit my head and heart hard.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 28, 2016 9 comments
Back in December of last year, Wojciech Pacula, High Fidelity editor, sent me an inquiry to see if I'd be interested in participating in their "The Editors" interview series. I said "Yes." Here's the outcome: Seria: „The Editors”: Michael Lavorgna.

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