Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
I've covered Nagra's HD DAC before but it's always worth a look & listen.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
The Technics SC-C70 Premium All-In-One Music System ($999) is all you need to play CDs (Google CD if you're not sure what they are), stream from Tidal and/or Spotify via Ethernet, play AM/FM radio from the built-in tuner, connect your computer via USB, AirPlay or Bluetooth to it, and off you go.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
The Progression Preamplifier from Dan D'Agostino (starts at $22k) includes Bluetooth and digital inputs (USB, Toslink, Coax S/PDIF) in the optional digital module (+$4500) making it an almost all-in-one.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017
I was sitting in the DeVore Fidelity/Tone Imports room listening to music, as I am wont to do, when Frank Schröder of tone arm fame came in with a new/old $1.00 record he recently picked up at a flea market. John slipped the LP onto the lovely, large and huggable SPEC GMP-8000 turntable and what poured forth was the most beautiful music I've heard in some time. Tear-inducing, soul-stirring beauty.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2017
My Uber driver Noreddine on people complaining about the snow:
"Some people are unhappy but the ground is always happy."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2017
spy photo

Opening scene: Reviewer enters empty room at hi-fi show and proceeds to take photos. Upon removing the info sheet perched atop a DAC for a better photo of said DAC, a woman rushes in from the hall and says sternly, "No photos! No photos!" pointing to the no photos sign in the corner with the same finger she was just wagging in reviewer's face.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2017
My musical journey started with piano lessons around age 5, later adding the violin. Playing these two instruments, even if only at modest amateur levels, has given me an insight into, and a love for, works that I would probably otherwise have skimmed over, as well as an intimate idea of what these instruments should really sound like.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 08, 2017
What gets you excited? A very expensive system that sounds great, a very inexpensive system that sounds great, or maybe a system that measures well? If you fall into the last group, you and I enjoy different hobbies. I'll let you in on a little secret; while I get excited about any system that makes music sound vital, I get even more excited if that system also happens to be inexpensive (don't tell anyone).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 07, 2017
My pre-RMAF routine consists of loading up my iPhone with offline albums from Tidal for the flight and sticking some music on a USB stick in the hopes of hearing some of them at the show. This later task would seem simple but it's somehow a struggle because I toss and turn between 'I should bring polite music' and 'I can't believe I just thought that". I thought it would be fun to share what's on the stick so you can listen along:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 06, 2017
I've been impatiently awaiting the release of Ibeyi's sophomore record. I wait no longer.