Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 27, 2015 1 comments
Ibeyi are 19 year old French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz. It is also the title of their debut album on XL Recordings. Their father is the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz of Buena Vista Social Club fame and you'll hear some lovely musical genetics at play on Ibeyi.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 24, 2015 26 comments
The Technics Tracks High-Res Download Store opens today for residents of the UK and Germany. Technics claims "tens of thousands" of 24-bit/192kHz tracks at launch, "hundreds of thousands" of 24-bit tracks, as well as an "extensive collection of 16-bit/44.1kHz CD quality tracks." The service was custom built by 7digital, a leading open digital music platform operator.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 23, 2015 40 comments
Attention audiophiles: duck and cover! Another questionable product aimed squarely at us so we're in for it now (again)! While Sony claims the SR-64HXA, a Class 10 64GB microSDXC card which will cost ¥18,500 (roughly $155), produces less electrical noise when reading data as compared to a standard microSD card, the mainstream press ain't buyin' it and they're throwing stones our way (again).
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 20, 2015 2 comments
Machine dreams. For some reason, I've really been enjoying music that can best be described as punishing lately. That said, I certainly have had a soft spot for hard music going all the way back to bands like Einstürzende Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle, Nocturnal Emissions and various and sundry industrial noise groups and the like. Egyptrixx is Toronto's David Psutka and Transfer Of Energy [Feelings Of Power] is his third album and first for his own label Halocline Trance.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 19, 2015 4 comments
I Like Bluetooth
Audioengine makes a number of well-priced products that deliver their fair share of musical enjoyment. I favorably reviewed their A5+ speakers (see review) and we own two pairs of their original A2 speakers. Under inspection today is their B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver which adds Bluetooth connectivity to any hi-fi while also offering an internal DAC as well as a Toslink output if you already own a DAC you enjoy. What's the point of Bluetooth? Fun.
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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: Feb 17, 2015 25 comments
image credit: CSR

According to a report by UK-base CSR, "State Of Play Report – The world of home audio through the eyes of the consumer", what people want most from their home audio experience is better sound quality. A whopping 77% of respondents would like better audio quality at home and they are wiling to pay for it which bodes well for our musical futures.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 16, 2015 15 comments
With firmware update v1.0.5, the Pono Player now plays DSD64 and DSD128 files. I dragged and dropped a few DSD albums into my player and I'm listening to The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan from Acoustic Sounds and it sounds just lovely. Like analog.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 13, 2015 3 comments
Another tip from my friend Joe, "I've listened to it through twice and I'm still not sure what the fuck..." It took me longer. After a few weeks of listening to Calgary, Alberta based Viet Cong's first and self-titled album on Jagjaguwar I've come to dig its decidedly dark and brutalist groove.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 12, 2015 11 comments
Teac
The TEAC Corporation, a $1.2 billion manufacturing company headquartered in Japan, was founded in 1953. The TEAC division is in the "field of music and audio" and they've pioneered many a product for the studio and home. I was mightily impressed with their UD-501 Dual-Monaural PCM/DSD USB DAC (see review) and the new Teac AI-301DA, which wraps up 22 Watts (into 8 Ohms) of Class-D ICEpower (50ASX2-SE), a 32/192 and DSD 5.6MHz capable BurrBrown PCM 1795 D/A converter, aptX Bluetooth, and a headphone amp into a relatively small package, carries on this tradition.

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