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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 03, 2015 0 comments
(Rick) Deckard
The main character in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is named Rick Deckard. Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies so I could not disassociate typing or saying "Deckard" from thinking of the film. Phew. I got that off my mind. Audeze is, for anyone not living on planet headphone, a maker of some very well regarded 'phones. I have a pair of their LCD-X here for use with their Deckard Headphone Amplifier/DAC and I've been living with this combo, on my desktop, for a few months. My first thought when listening through the Deckard was—they should have charged more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 02, 2015 28 comments
Pardon the radio silence but I'm deep into comparing the various Ethernet devices I have on hand. I've also decided to throw in three different Ethernet cables since you can't talk about Ethernet without talking about some sort of cable. I've decided to include all of these devices and cables in one review. Here's the complete list:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 31, 2015 11 comments
LampizatOr The Lite 7 DSD DAC ($5750)

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

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 27, 2015 2 comments
I wish I had more to say, but I don't. Songs Of Debussy And Mozart (ECM, CD rip) is simply beautiful—Juliane Banse, soprano, and András Schiff, piano, re-tell the tales of poets in songs by Debussy and Mozart. I've been listening to their re-telling for over 10 years and it only gets better with age (mine).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 26, 2015 9 comments
Bluesound Gen 2 family portrait (models starting at $299). All photo credit: Bluesound

I missed yesterday's Bluesound press event which I was very much looking forward to (remnants of food poisoning made the trip to NYC daunting). If you remember back to when we were first introduced to Bluesound (see Intro), the company sits under the Lenbrook Industries Limited umbrella along with NAD and PSB whose knowledge and technology helped build the Bluesound line. I was very impressed with every Bluesound piece of kit I reviewed back in 2014, so I was very excited to hear about Gen 2. Here's the scoop from Bluesound:

New York, NY, August 25, 2015 – Bluesound, the first wireless digital multi-room music system to fully support high-resolution audio, today unveiled Gen 2, an all-new platform that represents a reinvention of virtually every aspect of the product’s design and performance. Bluesound’s new line-up of multi-room wireless streaming digital music players, along with two entirely new models, features a fresh, compact industrial design, enhanced features and reengineered performance across the board.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 24, 2015 6 comments
From DJM Electronics:
The DJM Electronics FOIL™ brand Ethernet filters utilize patented technology and are the only EMI/RFI filters for Ethernet on the market that offer 100dB performance from 10kHz to 10GHz and higher. Housed in a single, convenient filter package, FOIL™ Ethernet Filters are the easiest and most reliable solution for bringing 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet access to all varieties of shielded rooms and enclosures.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 21, 2015 3 comments
M3LL155X (pronounced mellissa) is FKA twigs new EP release on Young Turks. W've talked about FKA twigs before, here and here, and what I'd add to comments like "lovely, slow, smoldering, sexy beast of a record" and "Deep too. Even though the surface of LP1 is all lustrous and shiny, repeated listening is rewarded with a deeper beauty" is that M3LL155X gives you even more, better, deeper.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 20, 2015 19 comments
Why did the chicken cross the road? To see if it was different on the other side.

Unholy Bits Batman!
Let's begin with the easy part; if you've read my reviews of the UpTone Audio USB REGEN (review), AudioQuest JitterBug (review), and Schiit Wyrd (review), you'll have read that I heard a difference when each device was in and out of my systems. Generally, I would describe those differences as an improvement which is all well and good but inquiring minds want to know which device is best and what happens when you put them together. Let's see.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 17, 2015 80 comments

"Bits are bits". We've all heard this too many times when talking about digital audio. Some people feel that's really all they need to know or say, "bits are bits". I admit, it does have a pleasant ring to it and if you silently repeat it over and over in your head it becomes mantra-like. Bits are bits. Unfortunately when talking about mixed signal systems, "bits are bits" holds the same relevance as "om".

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 14, 2015 3 comments
This is some of the most heavenly music I've ever heard. It sounds even more heavenly on vinyl (I've have the Mississippi Records LP for years). No matter - get this music in any form you can get your ears on and just listen. I promise you there are rewards awaiting in the listening.

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