Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 11, 2014
Reader Patrick Butler offered this response to the AVS/AIX High-Resolution Audio Test post and it made me smile so I thought I'd raise its profile. Enjoy:
person 1. "I'm repeatedly hearing something different between a and b."
person 2. "I can't think of any scientific reason why there should be any difference. Therefore, you must be nuts."
person 1. "Seriously, you should have a listen. This is really cool."
person 2. "I want no part of your insanity. It might be contagious."
person 1. "Suit yourself."
person 2. "I feel compelled to stalk you all over the internet to share my anecdotal story about your condition."
person 1. "Who's crazy?"
person 2. "Clearly, my amateur diagnosis should be enough."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 04, 2014
Scott Wilkinson and Dr. AIX, aka Mark Waldrep, have teamed up to provide a high res listening test. The test consists of three tracks with two samples of each; one in 16/44.1 and the other in 24/96. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to listen to all six files and determine which is which. Check out the AVS Forum for all of the details. Interestingly enough, at least one person so far has taken these files, loaded them up into the Foobar2000 ABX comparator and picked the correct files every time. But this really shouldn't come as a big surprise, should it?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 15, 2014
Presented by Harman, this 20 minute+ film expounds on the greatness of music, the importance of quality in its reproduction, and why we should be over lossy compression. While hardly a controversial idea, some people would have you believe otherwise. I lean toward the obvious and overwhelmingly simple realization that to deliver the best experience we can when it comes to music should be our goal and a given. Watch & enjoy.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 14, 2014
Devialet 120 ($6495)

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

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 07, 2014
Look what just arrived!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 02, 2014
My first column for Stereophile magazine is up on their website for your perusal (see Audio Streams #1) where I re-visit the family of products from Bluesound all in one big gulp (and that shit was nearly illegal in NY). Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 30, 2014
"...the miraculous is everywhere believed to coexist with the quotidian." ~ Salman Rushdie

I was reminded of our hobby by Salman Rushdie's appreciation of Gabriel Garcia Márquez in the NY Times titled—Magic in Service of Truth. Please consider this highly recommended reading and pretend he's also talking about listening to music on the hi-fi. I did and it works well.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 18, 2014
Previous Download of the Week winner Julianna Barwick (see DotW) has collaborated with Dogfish Head Brewery and created a wasabi-infused Imperial Pale Ale, Rosabi, along with an accompanying FLAC EP of the same name. Being the true trooper that I am, I went out and bought one of the 750ml bottles, of only 1,000 cases in total, and drank Rosabi while listening to Rosabi. I'm happy to report it was, against my better judgement regarding infused beers, a lovely experience.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 16, 2014
Naim SuperUniti All-in-one Player ($6,300)

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

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 12, 2014
What else would I call my new column for Stereophile? The July 2014 edition of Stereophile arrived today and its a bittersweet event—there's no more The Entry Level, one of my favorite columns, from my friend Stephen Mejias but there is my new column Audio Streams. While I plan to cover computer audio, "...the addition of that trailing, plural s gives me some leeway to explore a wider range of hi-fi topics." I intend to take full advantage of that s in future columns but my first covers....pick up your Stereophile and see!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 04, 2014

Here's an interesting if questionable video I just came across from streaming service WiMP that's meant to show off the benefits of their CD-quality streaming service WiMP HiFi. WiMP, like the Qobuz Hi-Fi lossless streaming service I've been so enamored with (see article), delivers CD-quality streaming. This video is meant to let you hear the benefits of lossless music and the harmful effects of lossy encoding. But does it? You be the judge.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 02, 2014
Measurements! c/o John Atkinson: LH Labs Geek Out 1000, iFi iDSD, AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2, Meridian Explorer.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 29, 2014
Most mornings I awake with a song in my head. It may be something I listened to the day before but typically it's not. Usually it's something from my past. This morning was both as Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy" played on my internal hi-fi, a byproduct of listening to Jimmy Cliff's wonderful soundtrack from "The Harder They Come" yesterday (or so I imagine). If you don't know Toots and The Maytals "Sweet And Dandy", here it is...
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 21, 2014
Lossless streaming is going to change the way we listen to and consume music. It already has, in parts of the world fortunate enough to be served by lossless streaming from Qobuz and WiMP. The key to any streaming service is the size of the catalog from which you can stream. I'm currently evaluating the Qobuz lossless streaming service, Qobuz Hi-Fi, and they claim access to "17 million titles" (as of 2/2014) in 16/44.1 CD-quality and I'll have to take them at their word because I can't count that high. What I do know is streaming in CD quality is the shit. The really, really good shit.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 19, 2014

I downloaded a hi res file and it was this big!