Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 27, 2013
from the top left (clockwise): Fostex HP-A8, Teac UD-501, Auralic Vega, Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC (flanked by the Acoustic Plan DigiMaster w/linear power supply)

I was just looking at my lovely Box Furniture equipment rack and realized this is probably somewhat of a rare sight. Reviews forthcoming.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 18, 2013
Vol. 08 Winter 2012 of Net Audio included an entire section devoted to DSD

There are a few lists that I maintain for AudioStream including the ever-popular HD Download Sites and what began life on November 2, 2011 as "DSD-Ready DACs (A Short List)". At that time, there were four DACs from three companies including Playback Designs, EMM Labs, and the then lowest-priced contender the Mytek Digital Stereo 192-DSD DAC ($1,695). Today this list has grown to include some twenty eight companies.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 14, 2013
Teac UD-501 Dual-Monarual PCM/DSD USB DAC ($849)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 26, 2013
The Bill Dixon Orchestra Intents and Purposes

Stereophile's 2012 Records To Die For has just come online. R2D4 is one of my favorite features and John Atkinson was kind enough to ask me to participate for the first time in 2012. You can see my picks here.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 25, 2013
It seems like every generation feels that their music is the best. Our music is the most original, the most artful, the most meaningful. All this new stuff is just crap or worse, derivative crap, and all of the older stuff is mostly just oldies. Some people will stretch their veneration a generation or century or more in order to land on their music-of-choice, but the tendency to lay claim to a specific point in history as being the origin of the best music (or art or literature or architecture) is common. And that's a damn shame because we're missing out on other worlds of bests.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 04, 2013
I'm usually not a fan of the review preview which often times strikes me as simply a means of generating more page views (I'm also not a fan of splitting up reviews into multiple pages when one would suffice) but I will put aside my crusty perspective and say that I just received the Schiit Modi DAC which costs all of $99, hooked it up last night, and am listening to it right now. And I'm breaking my no preview rule mainly to say after seeing and handling the very nicely built Modi—how'd they do that for $99?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 27, 2012
You can now read my As We See It, "The Road to Analog-Sounding Digital: Are We There Yet?", in its entirety on Stereophile.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 16, 2012
The current issue of Stereophile magazine includes, among many other interesting articles like a review of a pair of speakers for under $40!, an As We See It titled, "The Road to Analog-Sounding Digital: Are We There Yet?" penned by yours truly. I'm not going to give anything away except to say that regular AudioStream readers should recognize my point of view.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 13, 2012
I know we're only talking about $0.99 (introductory special, price goes to $1.99 tomorrow), but there's something about this that just seems...all wrong. I certainly enjoys my vinyl but that enjoyment is wrapped up in the physicality of the entire experience from shopping for records in a real record shop (usually with friends), to carrying my new finds home, to placing one on the platter, queuing it up, sitting down with the album cover in hand and listening. I also enjoy flipping through my virtual music library on my iPad and the growing number of HD and DSD downloads makes shopping online that much better. But these experiences are, happily for me, separate and distinct. Why muddy the waters?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 03, 2012
It's that time of year again so let's just get on with it!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 29, 2012
A file format shootout. A DSD versus PCM grudge match. Bit wars. A sample rate smackdown. Can 24/96 take 24/192? Does DSD stomp PCM?

There's a lot of buzz about DSD, talk of CD's demise, and music offered in various PCM formats from CD-quality up to 24/192. What's a person who cares about the quality of their music reproduction experience to do? And the answer is, listen. I got the idea to listen to various files in different resolutions and formats after receiving some comments on my Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC review asking about double rate DSD or 128x DSD. Namely, is 128x DSD better than 64x DSD. It sure sounds better, mathematically! But the only way I know to figure out if one thing sounds better than some other thing is to listen. So that's what I set about doing.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 26, 2012
I was following one of those interesting Internet threads based on and around Elliot Mazer. For those of you that don't about producer, executive, technologist, and project leader (according to Wikipedia) Elliot Mazer, he has been in the music business for decades as a record producer for many classics including Neil Young's Harvest, Janis Joplin's Cheap Thrills, and the music for Martin Scorcese's Last Waltz to name just three very heavy hitters. Mazer also helped develop AirCheck, a system for monitoring when songs are played on the radio and TV, which was eventually sold to Radio Computing Services, Inc (RCS). Lately, he's been consulting to among others, Orastream which is where the string started for me.