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Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 10, 2017
The older we get, the more distance lies between us and what it's like to be young. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that this distance represents a linear progression; a slow steady march towards wisdom. As George Gershwin said, it ain't necessarily so.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 09, 2017
Vanatoo Transparent Zero Active Speakers ($359.00/pair)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 08, 2017
I always enjoy the Zu Audio room because they play real music and always get good sound (they use turntables as source). Their Omen Dirty Weekend [Mk.II] speakers (the smaller ones) are $999/pair (that's less than a thousand dollars)

Sometimes my focus on all things digital feels, well, incomplete. After all, you cannot make music with Computer Audio; you need other stuff. So show coverage covering just file-based playback is. . . limited. So to speak. And let's clarify something—show coverage is not a review. I've seen product endorsement adverts quoting show coverage and thought to myself, "That's a reach."

Stephen Mejias  |  Nov 07, 2017

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

Track 31
"Everyone on the web forum wakes up to find a jagged crack up the length of their bathroom mirrors." —Carmen Maria Machado, "Especially Heinous," Her Body and Other Parties

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 06, 2017
from left: Herb Reichert (Stereophile), Blackie Pagano (Tube Amplifier Repair Tech), Art Dudley (Stereophile), Joe Roberts (of Sound Practices fame), Early Bender (www.HiFiTown.com), and Lenny Florentine (Just Audio)

Just between you & me, the main reason I wanted to attend the Capital Audiofest was to hear this panel. "What does this have to do with computer audio?" I heard someone think. It has everything to do with computer audio.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 06, 2017
I was born and raised in Texas, and after going to a small college in Tennessee and working in Washington DC for a number of years, settled with my wife in her native Oklahoma. My father and grandfather were always into audio gear, but never really strayed from name brands like Sony. My earliest systems were hand-me-downs from them. I've slowly built a number of systems, mostly geared around desktop settings and late night lounge-chair headphone listening (I've got small kids...). Lately I've become attached to a number of albums that remind me of certain aspects of growing up and now living again on the plains.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 03, 2017
Obaro Ejimiwe/Ghostpoet had me at Dark Days + Canapés.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 02, 2017
...or is it Boris?
Joe Surdna  |  Nov 01, 2017
What an extraordinary month October has been for the release and discovery of great new music. I had to make a new section entitled Honorable Mentions in order to include all the music that deserved to be reviewed. Not that any records on the 2nd tier list are of any less quality than those given longer reviews. Rather than review an artist (see St. Vincent) that every single other site has posted about I prefer to highlight less well known but quite worthy artists that may get short shift when the heavyweights are getting all the ink.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 31, 2017
I am very excited to be heading down to Rockville, MD for my first time attending the Capital Audiofest. The show promises nearly 60 exhibition rooms filled with things whose sole purpose in life is to make us happy.

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