Joe Surdna  |  Mar 01, 2018  |  0 comments
If you ask me “What sort of music do you like?” I’m faced with one of those ineffable conundrums that would come with a long pause before I answered, a sharp intake of breath, perhaps an aversion from your direct gaze--what we have here in this simple question is not an affirmation of taste per se but a moral equivalency toward “taste.” “What sort of music don’t you like?” might be the better question. Why do I feel physically ill whenever I hear a live bootleg of a Grateful Dead concert, or come away traumatized when subjected to most modern country? Why do I generally feel a sense of emptiness when I hear most classical jazz made in the last 35 years? Or, why do I go through long periods of wanting Chopin etudes and nothing else? Why does 95% of music described as “ambient” make me feel irritated and so thankful when I finally hit pause? And why does 95% of Vaporwave or Shoegaze so rarely move me? Ditto with what is called Folk or most variations of Metal? What is it about the 5% that transcends this mystery of banality and somehow manages to move me to recognize it as something unique and worthy of repeated listens? The easy answer is that I like all forms of music, but it has to move me in some way, actually alter my brainwaves--to elicit a response wherein I give back a part of myself, or open up a part of myself I never knew existed, that absolute sense of joy at recognizing that something wholly new has been born into the world, or that someone has taken a traditional form and somehow made it all their own. As Elvis said on The Sun Sessions: “Let’s get real, real gone.”
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 01, 2018  |  8 comments
Imagine your uncle Bob comes over unannounced and before he rings the bell, your doorbell rings. That's not right. That's not natural. Thankfully, the Stellar Gain Cell DAC/Preamp comes with your choice of three filters which, among other things, offer differences in ringing; Filter 1 is a Slow Roll-Off Linear Phase filter which offers the least amount of ringing. Filter 2 provides better high-frequency response but its Fast Roll-off Minimum Phase filter lets in some post-ringing. Filter 3 is Bob's your uncle.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 27, 2018  |  2 comments
iFi micro iDSD Black Label DAC Headamp($540.00).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 26, 2018  |  1 comments
Lovely Piano Recordings
If I were to pick a favorite instrument it would likely be piano. I can never get enough of it. I listen when I when I want to think. I listen when I don't want to think. I listen when I want to listen. The recordings here are perhaps the crème de la crème of my classical piano collection.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 23, 2018  |  0 comments
It begins with a blast of Isaac Hayes.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  6 comments
The place where I buy music over every other, Bandcamp posted another record-breaking year. In The Bandcamp 2017 Year in Review, the music download site recorded "double digit growth in every aspect of the business." Hip hip hooray!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 21, 2018  |  2 comments
I was reading John Darko's excellent review of the Tellurium Q Silver Diamond USB cable and I thought, Hmm. I never let Geoff Merrigan, Tellurium Q Director, know how much I've been enjoying his cables. I rectified this by sending Geoff an email letting him know how much I've been enjoying his cables (I own USB, AES, XLR, RCA, and speaker cable from the Black line).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 20, 2018  |  1 comments
a friend, Steve Mishoe of In Living Stereo, told me I had to listen to the Audeze LCDi4 ($2495) in-ear planar headphones, paired with the Chord Mojo, because they are f*&king awesome. So I did and they are

I enjoy attending CanJam even though this is mainly the land of Tyll and InnerFidelity. I say mainly because, while CanJam is filled with 'phones, it's also, by necessity, filled with DACs. But that's not the reason I enjoy attending CanJam.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 19, 2018  |  1 comments
I've been an audio fool for close to twenty years now, and I gravitate to SET's and high efficiency speaker systems. Currently I am using a rebuilt Lenco table, a Schiit Gungnir DAC, Shindo Masseto preamp, and Shindo Cortese amp. I am between speakers, but looking for the perfect pair.