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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 28, 2016 Published: Apr 29, 2016 5 comments
Beautiful, sexual, sensual, and above all else, powerful. While it is a stretch for me to suggest a real and immediate connection with Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter's message on her latest Lemonade, I am nonetheless deeply moved.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 28, 2016 0 comments
Music-In-The-Box
You can serve to it, stream to it, and play to it via WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Toslink, or 3.5mm analog input. Armed with an ARM CORTEX A9 processor, 2x 50mm (2") speakers and an 89mm (3.5") woofer tri-amped with 60W of digital power, the Bluesound Pulse Mini pumps out a claimed 45Hz - 20kHz of not so mini music. Control playback from your iOS, Android, or Kindle device running the free BluOS control app or via the top-mounted touch controls and you have a world of music-in-the-box.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 27, 2016 21 comments
me in the woods contemplating why just 2 comments

This email sums up my thoughts:

This is baffling.

Here somebody, with real credentials, explains why listening is the real test—it encompasses the entire system and the interactions within.

He also explains how measurements, albeit hardly the traditional simpleton measurements used for way more than half a century, can be performed that expose the system limitations.

Not only that, but he explains just what many of the interactions may be and why they are detrimental. This not some amateur (moi) going off on the subject - it’s a guy actually in the business with decades of experience.

So, something for both "objectivists" and "subjectivists".

Yet, nobody seems to care one bit. All I hear is crickets.

What do you take from that?

My answer, I don't know. Do you?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 26, 2016 3 comments
One week from today I head out to Bavaria for the Octoberfest of Audio in München. The High End Show feels like a party, a hi-fi and music bash, filled with people: Shiny happy people.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 25, 2016 2 comments
I think it's time to throw some dance moves at this lovely recordings party! Not everything on this list is a party banger but my natural listening tendency is definitely towards music that infects the hips and makes you want to do a little shimmy on the dance floor, or just plain freak out!
RIP
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 22, 2016 2 comments

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 22, 2016 1 comments
Sturgill Simpson's new record, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, is a sailor's message home to his wife and newborn son. The album opens with "Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)" and the lines "Hello, my son / Welcome to earth..." which, after hearing just once, pretty much had me hooked. Again.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 21, 2016 10 comments
NAS/Music Server/Streamer/CD Ripper/DAC/Headphone Amp
I'm sure some will want more, but that's a lot of functionality fit inside one relatively small box. The Bluesound Vault 2 makes computer audio easy—a one box solution for all of your computer audio needs. No need to fret about which NAS to buy, what streamer, which DAC and headphone amp, and there's no need for a computer. You will need a tablet for remote control and a love of music to make it all work as intended.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 20, 2016 3 comments
Juergen Reis at the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show. photo credit: MBL
Juergen Reis is MBL's chief engineer, which means he's the man behind every product from MBL from DACs, to Players, to Preamps, to Amps, to the ever enticing MBL Radialstrahler speakers. I first read Juergen's following remarks on another website where he posted them as a series of comments in response to a discussion about "USB tweaks" and the notion that what cannot be measured cannot make a sonic difference.

As with much of what Juergen says and writes, I found his comments very interesting, informative, and relevant to some of the discussions that have taken place here on AudioStream and elsewhere on the web. With that in mind, I asked Juergen if I could publish them here, in a more finished form, and he very graciously said...yes. Enjoy!

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 19, 2016 16 comments
Back when our daughters were in grammar school, one of their superintendents said, "We have to be ready to be ready." I'll never forget that sentence and how preposterous it sounded (and still does). As people interested in the quality of our experience when listening to reproduced music, do we have to be ready to be ready?

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