Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 17, 2018
The totaldac D1-seven arrived yesterday. I unboxed it, sorry no video, set it up, and let it play overnight for the barn mice.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2018
The totaldac d1-seven (€19,000 incl VAT, €17,450 excl VAT).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 15, 2018
Benny Goodman with the 1957 JBL Paragon

Hi-Fi is not just black and silver face plates. All too often, industrial design is overlooked, passed by, ignored for what's inside. What's worse, some people believe hi-fi is pure function filled with utilitarian objects whose parts-count-cost + specifications determine all one need know. Say it ain't so (says I).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 13, 2018
Depending on your point of view, "Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide" is the story of one man's enjoyment of the hi-fi hobby, or it's a minefield of controversy.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2018
MQA has kicked up all kinds of controversy. One offshoot argument is the concept of ownership when it comes to file-based music—the MQA objection refers to the fact that we do not "own" the music we stream from streaming services. In MQA's case we're talking about Tidal but the same thing applies to every streaming service. To my way of thinking, this is a clear case of stating the obvious; streaming music is a service and if that service ceases for any reason, the music stream is no longer available. Case closed. But how about the downloads we buy?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 10, 2018
Initial reports from CES 2018 are not good. Here's Stereophile's Jon Iverson:
This year high-end audio occupies only one floor of the Venetian, and there are just a couple exhibitors in the suites above. The Mirage is also down to a couple suites and around town is particularly quiet. So I'd say we are operating at less than 30% of peak CES.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 28, 2017
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever" John Keats on the Leben CS600

The Leben CS600 has been in production since 2005. This is either great news or not, depending on your point of view. In audiophileland, especially in hi-fi reviewerville, the search for the newest-best-thing is often the focus. In real life, that's not such a great thing.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 27, 2017
If you don't know about Milford Graves, you want to. We've talked about Milford before; his healing powers and his music but these things only skim the surface of very deep waters.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 20, 2017
We've made a list, checked it twice, skipped the naughty, here's the nice. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 19, 2017
For downloads of new digital recordings what we want and what we should be offered is the original recorded format. It's really that simple. In this context, "hi-res" has no meaning unless we want to say that since downloads of new digital recordings are downsampled, that necessarily makes the original recorded format "hi-res." Hint: it doesn't.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 13, 2017
It's that time of year for holiday cheer; our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Chock full of treats for the young and young at heart, I hope you enjoy window shopping through 2017's picks as much as I enjoyed pickin' 'em. Ho, ho, ho!
 |  Nov 30, 2017
I first covered CES for AudioStream back in 2012 and wrote, "From the first minute I hit the Venetian's crowded elevator bank to the last, I could not help feeling behind. There's no way one person can cover everything at CES and T.H.E. Show unless their area of coverage is defined to include only those companies whose name begins and ends with an X." Looking at the current Exhibitor list, I could cover everything at CES 2018 in an afternoon.

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