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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 04, 2017
If someone tells you that you need to take a test, any kind of test, before buying a piece of hi-fi gear, they are wrong. Listening to music is fun and we all know how to have fun.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 02, 2017
This list is a bit random. There are a couple soundtracks, a broadway play soundtrack, and a mix of other genres. They can all be purchased as downloads from Acoustic Sounds. I use several of them when testing out a system change.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 29, 2017
Back in 2012, Mr. "Weird New Pop" sent me an email with a link to Chelsea Wolfe's Bandcamp page. The subject line read "Mmm". Back in 2015, Mr. "Monthly Spins" sent me an email which read (in part), "I was just listening to that new Chelsea Wolfe album Abyss and thought it was something you might like." They were right.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 28, 2017
I've read some interesting comments from people who are convinced they can tell what a room sounds like from a YouTube video and/or a photo. So let's see if they're right. Can you pick which photo of my listening room sounds better?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2017
Why am I covering the release of the new McIntosh MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier? A few reasons; 1) McIntosh is one brand that sells itself because it has the best brand recognition in the industry (think blue glow), 2) Most people like to buy things that they find attractive (there's nothing wrong with that, even in hi-fi), and 3) We tend to ignore these 2 very important things.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2017
Imagine if everyone attending next week's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was stoned? Mellow, happy pot-smoking people wandering from room to room enjoying the crap out of music then heading down to the bar for some munchies and laughs? If the exhibitors partook too, and why not, my guess is we wouldn't hear any audiophile music at all; instead we'd be treated to the music people actually love. A party!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 25, 2017
A day rarely goes by that I don't listen to music. I prefer to think of myself as a music lover rather than an audiophile, though I do love having audio gear that allows me to better enjoy the music I love. Lovely, no? If it gets me closer to the tunes, I probably want it. However, if I had to choose between having access to more music or mo'better (and better) equipment, I'd go for the former. I grew up listening to rock, prog rock and pop, as well as classical and opera (shudder!) on the radio my mom had on all day, almost every day. I started listening to jazz due to the influence of my younger brother when he switched from violin to bass guitar, then studying double-bass and jazz at university. This music, in so many of its idioms, has been the major part of my musical diet for about 30 years.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 22, 2017
I like to listen to the artist whenever possible. Here's Larkin Grimm on her recent release Chasing an Illusion:
The love generated by this record is dedicated to Ornette Coleman, who taught me to play without fear, and to The Divine Yogini Turiyasangitananda, AKA Alice Coltrane, who taught me to heal the deepest pain of loss through music. May the light of truth overcome all darkness.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 21, 2017
Short & Sweet
As promised, I am here to talk about 2 other variations on the BACCH4Mac theme; using the included RME Babyface as DAC, and going USB out of the BACCh4Mac-housing Mac into my DAC. Please consider the review proper recommended since I will not be re-hashing the BACCH story.

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