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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 16, 2017 6 comments
From the press release:
LONDON AND SANTA MONICA, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – Music technology company MQA and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world-leader in music-based entertainment, announced today that the companies have entered into a multi-year agreement that will encode UMG’s extensive catalogue of master recordings in MQA’s industry-leading technology, promising to make some of the world’s most celebrated recordings available for the first time in Hi-Res Audio streaming.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 14, 2017 33 comments
Over on the Linn blogsite, Jim Collinson, Linn Product Ltd.'s Digital Marketer, argues that MQA is bad for music:
But with the MQA approach, we have the worst kind of middleman: solving a problem that has already been, or could be, solved by free and open alternatives, and yet expecting—no, demanding—to be paid again and again for contributing nothing of value. This is rentier capitalism, serving only to suck money out of the system, and stifling creativity in the process. It’s detrimental to society.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 13, 2017 1 comments
I enjoy all style of music and here are some of my favorite ones from various styles; rap, pop, death metal, and jazzy new stuff. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 10, 2017 1 comments
Protest music. I suppose we can say that avant-garde art is, by definition, a form of protest and I would certainly say that avant-garde jazz of the 1960s was a form of protest. Unlike protest songs in the folk tradition, avant-garde jazz was angrier and freer in musical form. Protest music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 09, 2017 7 comments
Also on-deck in-barn: Holo Audio Spring DAC – LEVEL 3 ($2399)
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 08, 2017 7 comments
no amplifiers were injured during the photo shoot

I recently received an email asking, "What's up?" Here's a peak at some of the gear in-barn for review (from the top):

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 07, 2017 1 comments
Outside of RMAF, this was my first CANJAM. While I am not a headphone kinda guy, I am someone who enjoys seeing people enjoy themselves, especially when its all sorts of people. In this regard, CANJAM ranks right up there with Munich High End, my favorite hi-fi show in the entire world!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 06, 2017 4 comments
We all have our favorite recordings. These are the ones we play for friends or want listen to energize ourselves because when we first heard them, they floored us (and still do!).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 03, 2017 7 comments
Hold the phone! In my review of the Sound Galleries SGM music server I said:
I recently had a few friends over for a listening and barn orchestra party. John DeVore and Stephen Mejias arrived just before noon and we spent the better part of the day into the early night listening to, and at times playing along with1, music from the system. We took turns selecting the music, letting each others selections inform our own (this is a boat load of fun). John queued up The Ensemble Of Irreproducible Outcomes' "Intonazione/The Foggy Dew" while he was sitting in the red chair and after a few minutes he suggested, strongly, that Stephen take the hot seat. After some time, Stephen suggested, strongly, that I take his place...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 03, 2017 0 comments
There are times when I think life is best described by picturing countless endlessly tall raw metal monoliths with no air or space between them, rubbing up and down, slow. A snail's pace slow and we, the observer, are the lubricant. It's at these times I enjoy a soundtrack to that movie and Emptyset's Borders, released on Thrill Jockey last month, works.

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