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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 30, 2015 0 comments
Avishai Cohen: Continuo (Sunnyside Records, 2006)

This album marked my introduction to jazz. Sure I had heard jazz albums before, but I never connected with them. Of all things, I learned of this album through a reviewer from Israel who was auditioning a system at CES with a track which completely captivated me. It turned out I was listening to Avishai Cohen’s album, Continuo. The track was "Nu Nu".

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 27, 2015 0 comments
Whenever music reminds me of the Shangri-Las minus the innocence with the last few decades of music informing the sound, count me in. Meg Remy is the mind and voice behind U.S. Girls and Half Free is her latest album, out on 4AD. Half Free also reminds me of the Shangri-Las minus the innocence and Remy's voice and lyrics are beautifully spellbinding, more than bit sad, out in front of an expertly crafted and compelling amalgam of beats, rhythms, sounds, and drive.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 26, 2015 0 comments

Enjoy these fine American ambassadors sharing one of our greatest exports.

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 25, 2015 6 comments
Just Ask Audioengine
If you look at the Audioengine website, you'll see something rarely seen; links to positive reviews of their products from non-audio press: PC Magazine, Macworld, Wired, PC World, and even Gizmodo, haters of all things with the word "Hi". Of course Audioengine also gets positive reviews from the audio press. How do they do it?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 24, 2015 1 comments
I'm a fan of MA Recordings' recordings as they combine a few of the things that I value and enjoy: a passion for discovery, a passion for music, and a passion for capturing those elements in a recording. Todd Garfinkle, MA's proprietor, travels the world in search of "provocatively creative musical statements", which he captures using two omni-directional microphones in acoustic settings. There's a reason why you'll hear MA Recordings from bands like Será una Noche at hi-fi shows but don't let that scare you. We're talking beautiful music recorded beautifully.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 23, 2015 6 comments
I’ve picked some records that are currently the loveliest for me. And I’ve kept it to five because once it hits six it goes to twenty and then up.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 20, 2015 4 comments
Jacques Coursil on his time with the Sioux Indians in South Dakota in the 1970s:
"I was there during the birth of the American Indian movement and I was deeply impressed by the seriousness of those people, who don’t talk much. But when they say something, it’s heavy. There are a lot of books about this [the Trail of Tears], but that is nothing compared to people telling me things bit by bit. The musician always translates into music what they see and hear and smell and experience, so instead of making a theory out of it, I made music."
Trails of Tears was conceived back then only to be realized, recorded and finally released in 2011.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 19, 2015 18 comments
"A Digital Signal Is Not Just Bits"
So says Antipodes (and many others including me). They go on, "A digital signal sent from a digital source to a DAC is an electrical or optical wave. The DAC's receiver reads the wave to identify the bits. When the wave has electronic noise interference and/or timing errors, the bits can still be read but the bits are not recognised with perfect timing and this results in poor sound regardless of the DAC used." Oh heck, let's just light the fuse, "Faith in theory, without empirical testing in the intended application, is dangerous because all theories are gross simplifications of what really happens, so don't fall for the 'bits is bits' or reclocking rhetoric." Run!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 18, 2015 18 comments
dCS Rossini DAC ($23,999)

Here's what's in-house or en-route to AudioStream for review.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 17, 2015 16 comments
You may be wondering about the recent spattering of articles on Hi-Res Audio. Heck, there's even an ad right here on AudioStream for our sister site Sound & Vision's Guide To Hi-Res Audio. The reason? Eyeballs. There's an(other) industry push going on to promote hi-res audio to the masses. Yes, another one. From the article "Audio Consumers High On High-Res Audio" on Twice:


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