Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 25, 2018  |  First Published: May 05, 2016  |  43 comments
[Editor's Note: MQA remains as controversial, if not more so, than when this review was first published in May 2016. Seeing as there have been more words spent on MQA than any other hi-fi topic in the past few years, I thought this review, which is focused on listening, was worth bumping up to the present.]
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  16 comments
Sounds kinda funny, right? In our ever-changing computer audio landscape, I thought it would be interesting (fun?) to point to some stone cold classic pieces of computer audio that have withstood the test of time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 23, 2018  |  2 comments
The totaldac USB GIGAFILTER, 0.6m or 1m or 1.5m: €1750 incl VAT, €1600 excl VAT.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  4 comments
東方不敗 (named after a character, ‘Dōngfāng bùbài’ which means ‘Invincible East’, in a Jin Yong novel) is the debut album from Malaysia-born, Singapore/Taiwan/Shanghai/US-raised producer Tzusing. I found reference to this record on a The Wire's year-end list, found the record on Bandcamp (released on L.I.E.S.), hit Play, hit Buy Now. In short order.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  15 comments
Inputs and outputs. In hi-fi, it's interesting to note that with a device like the Bricasti M5, people wonder which of its outputs is "best". That's like asking, "What's the best screwdriver—flathead or phillips?"
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 17, 2018  |  1 comments
The totaldac D1-seven arrived yesterday. I unboxed it, sorry no video, set it up, and let it play overnight for the barn mice.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2018  |  6 comments
The totaldac d1-seven (€19,000 incl VAT, €17,450 excl VAT).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 15, 2018  |  4 comments
Benny Goodman with the 1957 JBL Paragon

Hi-Fi is not just black and silver face plates. All too often, industrial design is overlooked, passed by, ignored for what's inside. What's worse, some people believe hi-fi is pure function filled with utilitarian objects whose parts-count-cost + specifications determine all one need know. Say it ain't so (says I).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 13, 2018  |  0 comments
Depending on your point of view, "Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide" is the story of one man's enjoyment of the hi-fi hobby, or it's a minefield of controversy.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 12, 2018  |  4 comments
Sometimes it takes time to find what I'm looking for—the salve to sooth some ache or pain. At times like these, I avoid go-to's preferring to find something new, even if that something turns out to be old.