Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 22, 2016
Sturgill Simpson's new record, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, is a sailor's message home to his wife and newborn son. The album opens with "Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)" and the lines "Hello, my son / Welcome to earth..." which, after hearing just once, pretty much had me hooked. Again.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 21, 2016
NAS/Music Server/Streamer/CD Ripper/DAC/Headphone Amp
I'm sure some will want more, but that's a lot of functionality fit inside one relatively small box. The Bluesound Vault 2 makes computer audio easy—a one box solution for all of your computer audio needs. No need to fret about which NAS to buy, what streamer, which DAC and headphone amp, and there's no need for a computer. You will need a tablet for remote control and a love of music to make it all work as intended.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 20, 2016
Juergen Reis at the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show. photo credit: MBL
Juergen Reis is MBL's chief engineer, which means he's the man behind every product from MBL from DACs, to Players, to Preamps, to Amps, to the ever enticing MBL Radialstrahler speakers. I first read Juergen's following remarks on another website where he posted them as a series of comments in response to a discussion about "USB tweaks" and the notion that what cannot be measured cannot make a sonic difference.

As with much of what Juergen says and writes, I found his comments very interesting, informative, and relevant to some of the discussions that have taken place here on AudioStream and elsewhere on the web. With that in mind, I asked Juergen if I could publish them here, in a more finished form, and he very graciously said...yes. Enjoy!

Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 19, 2016
Back when our daughters were in grammar school, one of their superintendents said, "We have to be ready to be ready." I'll never forget that sentence and how preposterous it sounded (and still does). As people interested in the quality of our experience when listening to reproduced music, do we have to be ready to be ready?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 18, 2016
I have been reading other Lovely Recording articles and thoroughly enjoying the mix of musical tastes in them, but after reading the Metal installment, I was inspired to write my own list of recordings that started my musical journey.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 15, 2016
Try not to think about Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Instead, try listening to White Lunar (Mute/BMG, 2015), a double-CD-sized compilation of their film music, without expectations and if you hear what I hear, you'll be taken away to fascinating places spanning time. Music includes film scores from The Proposition (2005), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), The English Surgeon (2007), The Road (2009), and The Girls of Phnom Penh (2009). In addition, there are four pieces comprising a suite, all of which take their names from craters.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 14, 2016
From the press release:
New York, April 13, 2016 - The 1.2 release of Roon marks the launch of the Roon Core partner program, which places the Roon Core software functions into partner devices so that server companies can offer a turnkey Roon experience.
"For many customers, the journey of building and managing a computer audio system is a hobby that they enjoy, but for others, working through the challenges of making an ideal computer audio system is an obstacle to enjoying music.

"The Roon Core program means that these customers can leave the technology to others and have an off-the-shelf experience of Roon from trusted partners."—Roon Labs CEO, Enno Vandermeer

Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 14, 2016
"I don't believe in frettin' and grievin'"
When using the Dynaudio Xeo 2s, all one need do to get music from your computer to your ears is connect the hardware with a Toslink cable and plug those suckers in. The Xeo 2s can process up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM data, there are 65W amps for each driver, and the master speaks to the slave wirelessly. Just add music.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 13, 2016
"Why don't you write about apps?" a friend suggested. Yea, why don't I? As regular readers may have noticed, some of the Download of the Week picks are available on Bandcamp. Within that group, some are records available directly from the artist, my favorite kind. The idea that the person(s) making the music get my money is a comforting thought.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 12, 2016
From the press release, here's company president & CEO Xuanqian Wang:
"The new ALTAIR is both a high quality streamer and DAC, and was designed based on feedback from dealers for an exceptional yet convenient-to-operate Digital Source unit at an $1,800 - $2,000 price point.