Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 03, 2016
Here I sit, reading the Sunday New York Times listening to music through three different AudioQuest DragonFly DACs—v1.2 (see review) and the new Black v1.5 ($99) and the new Red ($199)—plugged into my MacBook Pro while at the other end resides a pair of AudioQuest NightHawk headphones. I figure, the idea that I'm reading the NY Times will piss some people off and the idea that I'm listening to different DACs and hearing a difference will piss some people off, too.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 22, 2016
The field of Sonification turns data into sound. From the fascinating article in The Economist titled, "Sonification: Now hear this":
"...scientists still rely on their eyes and algorithms to spot interesting phenomena. That looks set to change as more scientists, engineers and even designers and artists look to exploit better what the seismologists and Voyager scientists knew decades ago: sound can be the key to scientific discovery."
Why listen and not look?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 22, 2016
Thanks to reader Angelo P. for pointing me to How to Listen to Music: Escaping algorithms and musical ruts, a review of Ben Ratliff’s book Every Song Ever: 20 Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty. Spencer Kornhaber discusses Ratliff's book and puts it into our musically abundant context:
"At least since the advent of Napster, in 1999, the Internet’s potential effect on listeners (if not on industry coffers and artists) has often been portrayed as radical and utopian. Music bloggers, the iPod’s massive storage capabilities, and, most recently, the virtually unlimited browsing potential afforded by streaming—the convergence would surely pave the way for a generation to whom eclecticism was normal. Human curiosity could finally triumph over genre tribalism and lowest-common-denominator marketing. The super-listener would rise."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 16, 2016
Sorta. I was admitted to Hunterdon Medical Center on Sunday, after being released from the ER on Saturday (oops), with what turned out to be the flu and pneumonia (ouch). Things are looking up and I should be outta here sometime tomorrow. Unfortunately this has put a dent in my schedule, so there will be no review posted tomorrow and apologies for not getting back to emails.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 15, 2016
Comparing live music to recorded music is a fool's errand for any number of reasons. Anyone who attends concerts of any kind can attest to this simple fact. I'll lead in with one big fat fact that differentiates live vs. recording—people.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 09, 2016
Some people are interested in just the facts, just the measured performance of their hi-fi gear so they can be assured the sound they hear is as accurate as possible. Some suggest that there is a direct correlation between accuracy and enjoyment and if you feel comfortable and reassured with this approach, I've got the perfect hi-fi for you.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 02, 2016
How's that for click bait? Here's the original title of the article from The Vinyl Factory website I'm referring to, "The Dangers Of Digital: Brian Eno On Technology And Modern Music". That's even more intriguing, no?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 01, 2016
with John Atkinson

I think of myself as a private person, funny, no?, which is why I don't typically share personal information. When it comes to AudioStream, the work we do speaks for itself, as well it should, making questions of experience, expertise, and knowledge evident through action. Or so I'd hope. However, I've noticed that when having 'conversations' with some people in the comments here and via email, they are basing their opinions on assumptions pertaining to my experience, expertise, and knowledge. Why not provide some biographical information to let readers know more about me? I asked myself. And I answered, why not.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 24, 2016
Our post on the The Silent Majority elicited a nice response, both in the comments and via email. To further reinforce the notion that we are not alone, here are some of the emails I received in response to The Silent Majority.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 23, 2016
Sonore Signature Series Rendu ($2895)

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

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 20, 2016
I had another fortuitous NY Times-reading experience this morning. In the Book Review, there's a review of the book, Better Living Through Criticism by A.O. Scott written by Daniel Mendelsohn. As I was reading this thought-provoking piece, I was reminded of a comment I'd just read this morning from a reader:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 16, 2016
If you spend any time reading about hi-fi online— blogs, blog comments, forums— you may very well walk away with the idea that our hi-fi hobby is filled with angry people railing against all manner of corruption. If I was new to hi-fi and my introduction came about through forums or comments, I'd run away and never look back. Rarely will you read anything about music in this miasma, rarely will you be treated to anything to do with enjoyment, let alone the entire point of our hi-fi hobby; The experience of enjoying listening to music.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 16, 2016
I decided to watch the 2016 Grammys last night and I decided to enjoy myself. It wasn't very difficult either. Taylor Swift's opener was pure pop, Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute was a romp, The Alabama Shakes delivered a high-energy jaunt, and then there was Kendrick Lamar performing two songs from last year's album To Pimp A Butterfly plus something brand new. This was among the most moving and powerful performances I've ever seen. Anywhere. Watch for yourself:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 14, 2016
Here's a lovely piece of writing on the recent observation made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), "...that a signal from gravitational waves had been discovered emanating from the collision and merger of two massive black holes over a billion light-years away. How far away is that? Well, one light-year is about 5.88 trillion miles.", writes Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicist, director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, and author of "A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing". This discovery also confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity.

What does this have to do AudioStream? This quote from Lawrence M. Krauss sums up this relevance nicely:

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 10, 2016
I spent a few hours this morning listening to MQA-encoded files decoded through the Meridian Prime Headphone Amp/DAC. While it's too soon to make any definitive comments, I can say that some of the sound qualities I heard at the CES MQA demos (read about that here and here) are apparent here in the barn. Readily apparent.

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