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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 21, 2017 5 comments
an angelic (looking) Rob Darling with Nucleus

That's right—Roon will soon be shipping two Roon servers; Nucleus and Nucleus+. Here are the specs:

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2017 2 comments
The first wave of jet lag washed over me, turning my view into a fun house mirror when I entered the Estelon room to hear their new Lynx more-than-a-speaker. So it did not help my 'condition' when the black driver column of the Lynx started to descend into the embrace of the white cloak below.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2017 0 comments
Pictured is the dCS Rossini Player, which received a favorable review from John Atkinson in Stereophile, just received a firmware update making it MQA-enabled. John Quick, General Manager at dCS Americas Inc., played some wonderful tunes, as usual, and the dCS/D'Agostino/Wilson system sounded superb, as usual. We then did a comparison between Ray Charles and Milt Jackson's "So Long Blues" from Soul Brothers; non-MQA vs. MQA.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 18, 2017 5 comments
I took a photo of my AudioQuest DragonFly Red before and after the MQA update ($free) so you can experience the change and not have to rely on what I have to say about it. Above is the before photo. Here's after:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2017 11 comments
"Take 'em to the bridge"—James Brown, "Sex Machine"
Can a piece of hi-fi be a sex machine?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2017 13 comments
Later today I board a flight which will get me to Munich tomorrow. Wednesday, according to my schedule, is art day, the exact destination unknown; I enjoy heading to Kunstareal and seeing what's up my alley. I view this day as my sensory awareness pre-show check-in.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2017 3 comments
Posting on Lovely Music was such fun that I’ve come back for more. I’ve recently armed myself with Roon and a Tidal account, which have made exploring new music a daily event. Equipped with offline Tidal selections and a Dragonfly Red dangling from the iPhone, the morning subway ride is almost bearable.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2017 8 comments
You are invited into the barn for a talk about my hi-fi.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2017 0 comments
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. You had me at "Spirituality Classics", "Ecstatic Music", and "Alice Coltrane".
Steven Plaskin Posted: May 11, 2017 14 comments
photo credit: SOtM

USB performance improvement devices have proven to very popular with computer audiophiles over the last several years. It seems that before I can turn around, a new offering appears promising improved sonics from one’s USB DAC. Installation of what I like to refer to as USB enhancement devices is just a matter of connecting the device between your computer / server USB output to the USB input of your DAC. Perhaps it has been the simplicity of use without worrying about the installation of drivers or other complicating factors that has fueled the unending popularity of these products with users’ passionate expectations of improved sound. I can think of no less than 3 new devices that will be forthcoming from iFi Audio, UpTone Audio, and now from the Korean manufacturer, SOtM.

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