Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 25, 2016
My musical sense runs the gamut; from pop/rock through classical and jazz and on into world music, and then some. I have plenty of “chestnuts” and popular things in my collection of CD's, vinyl and now bits, and I enjoy it all. But perhaps I get the most satisfaction and meaning out of discovering and devouring lovely hidden gems. So some of these you may know and others hopefully you can discover, and maybe pass along a few yourself for the rest of us too. OK, here goes...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 22, 2016
1 : rigor, severity

2  a : roughness of surface : unevenness; also : a tiny projection from a surface
    b : roughness of sound

3 : roughness of manner or of temper : harshness [asked with some asperity just what they were implying]

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 21, 2016
A Baga snake from Guinea or a woozy Brancusi?
The more I looked at the Serene Audio Talisman Speakers sitting atop my desk, the more I liked them. The striking curvaceous single-driver Talismans, whose outsides are made from "sturdy and acoustically dead" 3/4" bamboo and leather-covered MDF, may lead one to think they're not a serious speaker: All looks, no sonics. Appearances can be deceiving.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 19, 2016
As I foretold in the comments on my MQA CES posts, here is information on MQA that is intended to address some of the questions that have come up regarding implementation. My focus here is on the nuts and bolts of MQA for listeners.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 18, 2016
My musical tastes changed drastically on August 12, 1972 while at Madison Square Garden for Jethro Tull: we were sitting way down front, center stage, maybe 15 rows back in great seats salivating for Tull. The opening act was a band I had never heard, nor heard of, ROXY MUSIC. Long story short, a friend looked over at me after they did a short 30 minute show, and said, "Fuck Tull".
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 15, 2016
We all know we're going to die. Most of us just don't know when. For those that do, and for those who imagine they will, change from the everyday is the order of the day. David Bowie was a beautiful soul, there are lots of them, but he was also a luminous soul of which there are not so many. We are fortunate to bath in the light of such luminous souls.
 |  Jan 14, 2016
CES 2016 tested many an audiophile, and continues to do so, with one word—Ready. Roon- and MQA-Ready products seemed to generate the most interest...for good reason; Roon makes browsing your music and the music from Tidal's 3 million plus tracks fun, and from what I heard, MQA makes listening to digital files more fun. can't have -Ready products now. Dammit!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 14, 2016
Appropriately, the MQA room was the last room I visited at CES 2016. In it, I heard two demos on two different systems where I got to compare an MQA'd file with the exact same file in its original, non-MQA state.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 14, 2016
I'm going to go off the computer audio res for a moment and share my enthusiasm over the self-powered Kii Three Loudspeaker System ($13,900), which are designed by Bruno Putzeys (here's Bruno on his DAC). These rather diminutive speakers are rated down to 20Hz +/- 0.5dB and the basic concept behind their design is they energize the room unlike a traditional loudspeaker. According to my ears this claim is true, and I noted a whole bunch of quickly scribbled accolades relating to their ability to present music in-room and out-of-room simultaneously. "Sound spreads out like a city" is the most coherent comment from my notes.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 14, 2016
ELAC is on fire. The Discovery Music Server DS-101 ($999) not only includes a limited (limited to the ELAC ecosystem) subscription to Roon but ELAC have added multi-room functionality to the Roon app allowing you to synchronously group (or un-group) and control multiple ELAC devices from one app (max number of 8 zones). The Discovery Roon app will run on iOS, Android, Windows and OSX. There's an Ethernet input and USB for USB storage, 2x analog outputs (independant zones), Coax S/PDIF and Toslink out.