Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 06, 2011  |  31 comments
During the course of my video interview with Scott Wilkinson of Home Theater, a viewer asked a question regarding Async USB DACs and uncompressed FLAC playback and I did not have a good answer. So I did some research. And I still did not come up with a compelling answer. So I sent off an email to Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio since he was the first to implement the Async USB mode in a consumer audio DAC and he's done some listening tests comparing FLAC to WAV files. Here's what I asked Gordon:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 05, 2011  |  0 comments
Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and composer and in October 2011 he sat down for his second series of 'a-song-a-day' for a week. His first foray in this format was Found Songs from 2009. This time around Arnalds and a group of musicians (piano, strings and electronics) performed a new song-a-day live via streaming video from the living room of his Reykjavík apartment. Arnalds also made each song available as a free MP3 download immediately after each performance.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 02, 2011  |  3 comments
Beginning in late July of this year, Thailand experienced its worst monsoon-related flooding in more than half a century killing over 600 people, covering about six million hectares of land and costing an estimated 5.1 billion USD in damage. Among the businesses hardest hit were hard drive manufacturers including Western Digital, Hitachi and Toshiba as well as many smaller companies who produce parts for hard drives.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 01, 2011  |  9 comments
It May As Well Slice And Dice
The NAD C 446 Digital Media Tuner offers a host of options through which you can play your music; kit with a big caboodle. You can listen to Internet radio, LAST.FM (if you have a paid account), regular old AM/FM, DAB where available, you can stick your USB memory stick in and listen to files from it, you can Play To the UPnP Receiver, stream to the UPnP Client, play music stored on your UPnP/DLNA Network Attached Storage device or Twonky Server, create playlists on the fly from your Android or iOS devices thanks to its UPnP Digital Audio Renderer (DAR) technology, and play music from your docked iPod/iPhone if you have the NAD IPD 2 Dock ($159.95).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 30, 2011  |  0 comments
Scott Wilkinson, Online Editor of our sibling site, was kind enough to invite me over (virtually) for a chat. A live video chat. See all the action here.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 29, 2011  |  17 comments
dBpoweramp CD Ripper & Music Converter Reference R14 ($38 Windows-only) from Illustrate has added an "Uncompressed" option to its bag of FLAC encoding tricks with release 14.1. So what's the big deal?
FLAC encoder wording changed, also includes a FLAC Uncompressed encoding option (which stores audio uncompressed, for those who want WAVE PCM but with better ID Tagging).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 28, 2011  |  0 comments
In October of 2014, we moved to a new/older house that sits on 4+ acres down a private dirt road in the wilds of New Jersey. This home also came with a separate barn, which is my where I work (and listen to music). Details....
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 22, 2011  |  44 comments
Do FLAC files sound inferior to WAV files? Or more generally, do lossless compressed file formats (FLAC, ALAC, APE...) sound worse than their uncompressed twins? I've seen the argument that due to the extra processing imposed on your computer by FLAC, for example, during playback, this method is more prone to computer-introduced timing errors. Stepping back from this scenario for a moment, everyone seems to agree that the less your computer does during music playback the better it sounds so it would make sense to apply this same logic to the actual playback process. No?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 21, 2011  |  10 comments
Todd Garfinkle of MA Recordings contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in receiving some of the MA Recordings factory-produced DVD-ROMs for review. "Yes" was my immediate answer. Soon thereafter a package arrived containing seven, yes seven, DVDs containing hours of music. But let's start at the beginning. Do you know about MA Recordings? Their mainstay is recordings produced and engineered by none other than Todd Garfinkle and Todd prefers a simple setup consisting of two custom omnidirectional microphones, "the signals of which are "fed" through exotic audio cabling into handmade and customized recording equipment, designed specifically for MA". And an actual place is used for recording as opposed to a recording space. Or as the MA website describes them, "large, acoustically significant environments such as classical concert halls, churches and galleries."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 19, 2011  |  2 comments
National Science Foundation
For Immediate Release
New software tool provides unprecedented searches of sound, from musical riffs to gunshots.

Audio engineers have developed a novel artificial intelligence system for understanding and indexing sound, a unique tool for both finding and matching previously un-labeled audio files.