Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 09, 2016
An article in yesterday's NY Times Science blog, New Ways Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room’, reports on recent and fascinating findings from scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
"By mathematically analyzing scans of the auditory cortex and grouping clusters of brain cells with similar activation patterns, the scientists have identified neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music — any music."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 09, 2016
Particularly perceptive readers may have noticed that an About Us link snuck, or sneaked if you are old fashioned, into the AudioStream.com footer. If you missed it, follow the link where you'll find out a number of things about us: "Our Philosophy", "Editorial & Advertising", "Measurements & Tests", and more.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 28, 2016
Back in December of last year, Wojciech Pacula, High Fidelity editor, sent me an inquiry to see if I'd be interested in participating in their "The Editors" interview series. I said "Yes." Here's the outcome: Seria: „The Editors”: Michael Lavorgna.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 27, 2016
I've long held the belief that the enjoyment of listening to music on the hi-fi is the ultimate goal of this hobby. I've been thinking about this of late and what I've been thinking is it needs some work. While I very much enjoy whittling thoughts down to their tiniest container, I've been feeling there's something missing. I finally figured out what that something is: Experience.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 19, 2016
As I foretold in the comments on my MQA CES posts, here is information on MQA that is intended to address some of the questions that have come up regarding implementation. My focus here is on the nuts and bolts of MQA for listeners.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 05, 2016
Serene Audio Talisman ($395/pair)

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

Michael Lavorgna, Steven Plaskin  |  Dec 31, 2015
Why a Product of the Year? The easy answer is there always is one, in our minds, so why not share. This year was no exception, and while we are clearly living in a golden age of great music and playback abundance, a few things have stood out and above the rest. Without further ado, we give you AudioStream's Products of the Year 2015:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 29, 2015
Sin city. The big show. One week from today, I get herded aboard Southwest Airlines for my flight to Phoenix. With a one-beer layover, I should arrive at my final destination by early evening; plenty of time to rest up for opening day, Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
 |  Dec 25, 2015

To those who do, Merry Christmas! and for those who don't Merry Friday!

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 23, 2015
Our barn's overall interior dimensions are roughly 35' x 45' x 12'. My listening/work space is now 17' x 35'. These final dimensions were accomplished by moving well over 100 boxes and bins and various pieces of furniture out of the barn, and then once everything was rearranged, back in. It took a few days but it was well worth the effort. The barn sounds great, feels great, and I'm very fortunate to be able to call this home, for work and play.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 09, 2015
As you probably know, I post a Download Of The Week every Friday. What you may not know is this is one of my favorite features on AudioStream because it's the reason we're here—music. I always enjoy reading other "Best of..." music lists so I thought I'd put one together. Here we have nearly all of 2015's DotW picks in one easy container. I've left out older recordings, I did cheat a few times, so what we're looking at and listening to are (mainly) my top picks for new music in 2015. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna, Steven Plaskin  |  Dec 02, 2015
Tis the season to buy things so we've made a list, checked it twice, so you can choose to be naughty or nice.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 26, 2015

Enjoy these fine American ambassadors sharing one of our greatest exports.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 18, 2015
dCS Rossini DAC ($23,999)

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

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 17, 2015
You may be wondering about the recent spattering of articles on Hi-Res Audio. Heck, there's even an ad right here on AudioStream for our sister site Sound & Vision's Guide To Hi-Res Audio. The reason? Eyeballs. There's an(other) industry push going on to promote hi-res audio to the masses. Yes, another one. From the article "Audio Consumers High On High-Res Audio" on Twice:

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