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Joe Surdna  |  Dec 01, 2017
And I thought the big news this month was just going to be the release of some fine music and then the ECM going all in on digital downloads info dropped on November 17th. I don't even know where to begin to open that extraordinary can of worms so I'll just stick with what we've put together for December and leave the elephant to stumble around the room. I don't mean to be coy or ambiguous because it's a good and great thing that this immense catalog of music will be available in HIFI versions. I think that I easily listened to 80 albums this month, which was about 30 more than last month. And just so you know why you're getting this normal monthly column and not the yearly Best of 2017 wrap up is because it's in the works. I'm going to be busy in the next couple of weeks (with a hernia operation for one thing) but spending until mid to late December scanning everyone else's lists because I always, always discover a couple of gems (if not a dozen) parsing through Best of 2017 lists. Last year I think that I put three things on my year end list just from Henry Rollins' KCRW list. So, enjoy. There's some beautiful, invigorating and memorable stuff on this list and I'll be back with The Best of 2017 in two weeks.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 01, 2017
More or less, we all live in fantasyland. Marvin Pontiac was born there and The Asylum Tapes have sprung forth like a breath of fresh freedom.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 30, 2017
Steve has made some changes to his system. Read all about here.
 |  Nov 30, 2017
I first covered CES for AudioStream back in 2012 and wrote, "From the first minute I hit the Venetian's crowded elevator bank to the last, I could not help feeling behind. There's no way one person can cover everything at CES and T.H.E. Show unless their area of coverage is defined to include only those companies whose name begins and ends with an X." Looking at the current Exhibitor list, I could cover everything at CES 2018 in an afternoon.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 29, 2017
From Ayre:
With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Charles Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, has passed away on November 28th, 2017. Those who knew Charley knew that he was a passionate man who always stood up for what he believed to be right. His family knew him as a loving and dedicated father of his two children. With the passing of Charley, the world has lost one of the most creative and innovative minds in the audio industry and we have lost a good friend.

While we can never replace Charley, his spirit lives on in the team at Ayre. We are dedicated to continuing his mission of creating and manufacturing the best sounding audio equipment in the world. Most importantly, we will be there for our friends, partners, and customers who have supported us over the years. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time.

We wish you all the best over the holidays, and please play an album for Charley sometime.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 27, 2017
Yes, I freely admit to loving Christmas music. Come Thanksgiving it's pretty much all I play until after New Year's Day. To sustain myself that long, I've had to collect a wide variety beyond the usual fare that gets played on the radio. For this list I've omitted the chestnuts everyone knows; no Vince Guaraldi "A Charlie Brown Christmas", no Nat King Cole or Bing Crosby, although I love all that stuff too. I have about 2500 Christmas tracks, mostly ripped from CDs, and I could easily include many of them here. But these are the some of the ones I turn to first when the season comes.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 22, 2017

I've been rather selective about the views shown of the barn because, well, it was filled with stuff (i.e. unseemly). Since that's no longer the case, I'm happy to share this panoramic view (there's still work to be done but isn't that always the case?).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 21, 2017
Stephen Mejias, Jana Dagdagan and I made the trip to Princeton, NJ to the homes of the 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics (3D3A) Laboratory at Princeton University and Professor Choueiri where we listened to all things 3D audio. Following are 3 videos taken from one long video of the Professor explaining what he does in the lab and how that applies to our homes (and more).

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