LATEST ADDITIONS

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 23, 2017
As a teenager in the late 60s and early 70s, I listened to mostly rock but was also exposed to my father's jazz collection. Later my musical tastes broadened to include blues, world and classical. I have recently ripped my extensive CD collection to NAS storage and donated my long unused vinyl to our local jazz radio station for a fundraiser. This year my brother gave me a Tidal subscription as a gift and I am thoroughly enjoying using it to sample many of the recommendations I see in Lovely Recordings. Thanks to everyone for the recommendations!
Steven Plaskin  |  Oct 19, 2017
photo credits: Shunyata

With Shunyata Research's release of the Denali Series power distributors last year, Shunyata had produced a power conditioner that had not only challenged other brands of AC conditioners, but their own top-of-the-line Hydra Triton v2 as well. While reviewing the Denali Series power distributors last September, I found that the Triton v2 was outperformed by the Denali in several areas including reproduction of the dynamic qualities of music.

Joe Surdna  |  Oct 17, 2017
Are you dreaming when you listen? Is there a concomitant reflection of inherent desire manifesting itself within yourself when you go into this system of sound that you have meticulously created, or recreated? Perhaps, as Francois Bonnet suggests in his densely considered book The Order of Sounds there is a predilection when listening to accede to a form of conscious hallucination? What you are looking for is what you hear? A conjuring takes place on an antediluvian, reptilian part of your brain that simultaneously searches for and places music into a predetermined organization? The idea here was to navigate the supposedly passive act of listening and to consider how and when that began for me. When did music crawl out of its realm of being simply aural wallpaper and become something tactile and palpable in my life? Well, it happened when I was 11 and I remember exactly how I felt at the time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 16, 2017
For Lovely Recording I selected music that speaks to me on many levels—and yes they all sound great!!!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 13, 2017
Take Me Apart ravages the listener. I think I'm in love.
Stephen Mejias  |  Oct 10, 2017

Photos: Stephen Mejias. Design and animation: Todd Steponick, Nice Looking Designs

Track 26

It's true that our indignation has acquired a hollow, meaningless sameness. The high-end audio industry's interest in attracting a younger and more diverse audience is something like our government's interest in putting an end to horrific mass shootings, working toward racial equality, rebuilding Puerto Rico. If we really wanted to make a significant change, we would. Of course, the stakes couldn't be more different: In high-end audio, we're only losing customers.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
Themes. I do enjoy a good theme and for me there were 3 major themes woven through RMAF 2017; room setup (I know, not very sexy), DSP (I know, not very sexy), and fun (very sexy).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
Let's see: DeVore Fidelity speakers? Check. totaldac? Check. Anything from Tone Imports? Check. Guys who know how to set up a room? Check. Good friends? Check. Great music? Check. Lots (and lots) of laughter? Check. What more can I ask for?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
I always enjoy my time in Gordon Rankin's room because a) I always learn something, b) he plays real music, and c) he gets great sound. "Did you hear Gordon's room?" being a common refrain. Gordon was showing his new Secant DAC ($5000) with a system powered by his tube amps and the Plasma Signature speakers ($20,000/pair) from Vaughn Loudspeakers.

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