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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 17, 2017 2 comments
"West Africa’s most iconic dance-band". Sunnier days. I first found Orchestra Baobab through their 2015 release Pirates Choice. Digging that, and digging back into their catalog, Bamba (Sterns, 1993) rung my bell the mostest. This is beautiful soulful dance music that makes me want to close my eyes and imagine other sunnier climes.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 16, 2017 4 comments
R2R, NOS/Or Not
The discrete R2R HoloAudio Spring DAC offers two main operating modes; non-oversmapling (NOS) and a chip-based oversampler (AKM AK4137). You can switch between these modes of operation by simply pushing the front panel "OVER SAMPLING" button. This button offers 4 choices; "NOS" mode which bypasses that AKM chip, "OS Mode" where PCM and DSD are each upsampled to higher rates but remain PCM and DSD, "OS PCM" where all data is "oversampled to PCM", and "OS DSD" where all data is "oversampled to DSD". If you are anything like me, you'll leave the Spring DAC in "NOS" mode, avoiding that Asahi Kasei Microdevices chip like the plague.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 14, 2017 Published: Mar 13, 2017 5 comments
Thank you for considering my list for your website.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2017 1 comments
Reassemblage, Visible Cloaks' 2nd full-length released on VNG Intl. last month, reminds me of one of William Gibson's worlds. Machine music, computer music, glitchy ambient exotica streaming from the ether of tomorrow, now.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 09, 2017 2 comments
Ethernet In, Music Out
Look Ma, no DAC! The Lumin M1 takes your network-attached digital music files (up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD128 via DoP), converts them to 24/176.4 (PCM), which in turn gets converted to a pulse-width modulated (PWM) signal, and outputs 60wpc into 8 Ohms and 100wpc into 4. You can also connect USB storage devices (Flash or single-partition FAT32, NTFS and EXT2/3 only) to the unit's 2x USB Type A inputs. Open the Lumin app on your iOS device, point it to your network-attached music library or USB storage, Tidal, Qobuz, or TuneIn radio and play away. The analog part happens at your loudspeakers, so to speak.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 08, 2017 2 comments
Here’s what’s in-barn right now...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 07, 2017 16 comments
Word. The The Verge reports that Spotify subscribers are receiving teaser offers for Spotify's not-yet-available lossless streaming tier ranging in price from $5 to $10 on top of the $10/month Premium Service fee. This puts Spotify's lossless service within or on the same plane as Tidal HiFi's $19.99/mo.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 06, 2017 3 comments
Hey, did you like what I did there? What a clever word play if I do say so myself!!! ;-)

In this second selection, I feel I can only start with a confession… And here goes… Whew!! It's tougher than I thought. OK. This time… I love watching Pitch Perfect.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 03, 2017 2 comments
I'm with Ministry's Al Jourgensen; The Land Of Rape And Honey is my favorite Ministry album.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 02, 2017 0 comments
Peachtree Audio 2.0
What's 2.0? The short answer—improvements (here's the longer answer). Late last year, David Solomon rejoined Peachtree and the company made some other (major) changes; a new engineering team was brought on board to create the new Nova line of amplifiers (nova150, nova300, and nova500) and manufacturing of the Nova line was brought back from China to Canada. The new nova300 is an integrated amplifier putting out 300wpc (into 8Ω/450wpc into 4Ω) of ICEpower, sports the ESS Sabre32 9018MKII Reference Sabre DAC, a phono amp, a headphone amp, and, when dressed in the Gloss Ebony Mocha, some super-fine curb appeal.

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