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 (, 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.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 30, 2017
The first user-submitted Lovely Recordings post arrived on October 26, 2015. Since then, there have been 101 Lovely Recordings, or more simply put, music shared among kindred spirits. Isn't that. . . lovely?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 27, 2017
"I'm not sure what to pick for this week's DotW." Stephen responded, "DotW should be Circuit des Yeux's Reaching for Indigo!". Of course it should (that's what friends are for).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 26, 2017
We Can Make It Better

The guys at Simple Designs set out to make their very good microRendu. . .better. How?

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 25, 2017
TAD Evolution Series D1000MK2 DISC PLAYER BLACK EDITION ($14,995).