Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 10, 2014
My friend John DeVore, who is also the maker of my speakers, sent me an email over the weekend, "I was just perusing your Beck post again after receiving the vinyl and ended up sniffing around the Dynamic Range Database. I saw an album with a 00 DR(!!) and decided I had to hear what that sounded like. I present Merzbow - Venereology:"
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 05, 2014
With more and more people amassing terabytes-worth of file-based music libraries representing thousands of dollars invested, the issue of data security should also be on the rise. While the ideal solution is to have your main library stored on RAID arrayed HDD or NAS with at least one backup that lives off-site in the event of fire or flood or pestilence (OK I added that last one for effect), how many of us actually regularly back up our music libraries to an off-site copy?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 04, 2014
Do you feel refreshed? I do. Many thanks to Web Monkey Jon Iverson and the rest of the SORC team for what I think is a much cleaner, leaner look. I hope you like it, too.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 17, 2014
My Ayre QB-9 DSD review is in the works. Included therein will be a comparison between the old QB-9 and the new QB-9 DSD. Should be interesting. Let the best Ayre win!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 10, 2014
Chord Hugo ($2,395)

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 30, 2014
If we'd like to promote the notion of better-than-CD-quality downloads, a good place to begin is deciding what to call them out in the real world. This tag should be able to live in the wilds, like on record label and band websites, right next to "Buy from iTunes" and "Download from Amazon". Problem number one is obviously the fact that the better-than-CD-quality market is fragmented among multiple retailers as well as coming with geographic restrictions. Let's assume technology can take care of this issue, and it can, and set our sights on that tag. What should we call better-than-CD-quality downloads out in the real world?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 06, 2014
Ayre QB-9-DSD ($3,250)

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 26, 2013
Are LPs, as some people suggest, an inherently flawed medium? In theory and on some levels, sure they are. Does this fact matter? No, it does not. I say this with the utmost confidence and assuredness because I have been listening to and enjoying LPs for decades. Some of my most memorable and meaningful musical moments have been proffered by records. There are also countless examples of musicians being inspired by other musicians through listening to their records and if that isn't the highest achievement a music storage and playback format can offer, I don't know what is. So I count most of the comments regarding vinyl's inherent flaws as nothing more than a laughable indulgence in theorizing in the face of reality.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 23, 2013
Here are a few of my favorite Lists of the year's best recordings. My #1 favorite List is only available in print and regular readers won't be surprised to learn its from The Wire. Here are the rest:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 11, 2013
'Tis the season. Here's AudioStream's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide and its chock full of fun music-loving toys. Happy Holidays!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 02, 2013
Benchmark DAC2 HGC ($1,995)

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 11, 2013
This article originally appeared in the October issue of our sister publication Sound & Vision

If you haven’t taken the dive into computer audio, you may be asking yourself a very simple question—Why should I? The very simple answer is accessibility and sound quality. Computer-based audio allows you to store all of your music in one central location on a computer network, making it accessible from virtually any network-attached device. And when your network is connected to the Internet, you have access to the largest source of free (and legal) and paid music on the planet. Unlike disc-based music, computer-based audio is not restricted to any particular format. You can have CD quality, DVD-Audio quality, SACD quality, and even music in greater resolutions than disc-based formats allow. With computer-based audio, you can have your cakes and eat them, too, in as many rooms as you’d like.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 05, 2013
American Masters: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ airs tonight at 9:00PM (EST) on PBS (check local listings). Contains previously unseen live footage...Hendrix fans don't really need to read anything more.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 05, 2013
I encourage anyone interested in this discussion to head on over to InnerFidelity and read Tyll's response to my piece The Trouble with Listening. I think he does a wonderful job of unraveling this potentially complex and contentious subject. Bravo Tyll!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 23, 2013
Totaldac d1-server (4,990euros incl VAT in EU, 4,590euros ext VAT out of EU)

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