Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 21, 2014 8 comments
With Spotify's recently announced family plan that effectively makes family members accounts come in at $5/month, and Apple's rumored $5/month target for its Beats music streaming service, I wonder how much is too little when it comes to the monthly cost of streaming.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 20, 2014 6 comments
My review of the Astell & Kern AK240 portable high res player appears in this month's Stereophile, available on newsstands now! Spoiler Alert: I liked it.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2014 0 comments
Cover songs. I have a soft spot for cover songs as they tell us about artist's influences while giving voice to difference. Ideally. Northampton Mass's Winterpills new album Echolalia is filled with lovely covers from Sharon Van Etten, Nick Drake, Buddy Holly, XTC, Beck, the Beatles and more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 5 comments
The production LH Labs Geek Pulse ($3499 + $899 for linear power supply) DAC and headphone amp was shown in the Canjam room. Offering four inputs including Coax S/PDIF, Toslink, AES/EBU, and USB, the Pulse can process up to 32/384 PCM and 6.144 MHz DSD. The Pulse includes both unbalanced and balanced headphone outputs as well as RCA and XLR output pairs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
I had an opportunity to meet with (from left to right) David Solomon, Director of Sales and Marketing USA, Pal Bratelund, Strategic Partnership Manager, and Peter Tonstad, Chief Commercial Officer of Tidal. Tidal is the new name for the Oslo, Norway-based WiMP and their very exciting losslesss streaming service. That's right, another CD-quality streaming service is gearing up for a launch in the USA.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 1 comments
The new T+A PDP 3000 HV CD/SACD Player/DAC ($20,000) supports up to 32/384 and DSD 512 via USB. There's also an AES/EBU and 5x S/PDIF inputs. The 3000 HV is built like a tank ("it is constructed entirely of pure aluminium"), you could probably stand on the CD drawer, but what's even more interesting is the PCM and DSD processing is handled completely separately and each has its own separate output stage via RCA or XLR. That's right, you'll need a preamp, like one from T+A which automatically switches between PCM and DSD inputs, with a pair of inputs to accommodate the PCM and DSD output from the PDP 3000 HV.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
The Jeff Rowland Capri S2 fully balanced preamplifier ($3950) is available with a built-in 24/192 capable DAC (+$400).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
Arcam was showing their prototype CDS27 CD/SACD player UPnP streamer ($1100). The CDS27 houses the TI/Burr Brown PCM1794 DAC and can handle resolutions up to 24/192. The network-ready CDS27 can stream music from your network attached storage, from USB storage, and spin your discs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
The sleek Wadia 321 Decoding Computer ($3000) was on silent display in the McIntosh room as both companies now fall under the Fine Sounds brand. The 321 supports resolutions up to 24/192 and offers two optical, two coaxial and one high speed USB digital input. Outputs include balanced XLR and single ended RCAs.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments
Vinnie Rossi of Red Wine Audio fame has branched out with a entirely new brand, Vinnie Rossi. Their first product LIO (starts at $3180), an integrated amp/heaphone amp/DAC (optionally), was on display at RMAF 2014 and one interesting aspect of its design is its powered by two banks of ultracapacitors. The 25 WPC (into 8ohms) LIO's design is also modular allowing buyers to build their own adding MM/MC Phonostage, PCM/DSD DAC capable of handling up to 32/384 and double rate DSD using dual AKM4399 DACs, Tubestage, Autoformer Volume Control (AVC), and more. The DAC module offers Coax BNC S/PDIF, Toslink, and USB inputs. Production models should begin shipping by the end of November.

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