Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 20, 2015  |  15 comments
I'm listening to "Tout Juste Sous La Surface, Je Guette" from Aidan Baker's lovely Already Drowning using the AURALiC Aries mini wireless network player leashed to the Aurlaic Vega DAC via USB and I'm hearing good things. The mini is getting its tunes via WiFi from my Synology NAS running MinimServer and the setup took all of ten minutes, including SUI (stupid user issues).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 19, 2015  |  13 comments
I have a confession to make; near the end of nearly every RMAF, some piece of music played on some system in some room chokes me up to the point of having to hold back tears. I would suggest my reaction has to do with everything including the music and its sound. Three year's ago, it was the "Violin Sonata in G Minor" composed by Claude Debussy as performed by David Abel, violin, and Julie Steinberg, piano, from a DSD transfer in the Wilson/VTL room (see details).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  1 comments
With her last album, Loud City Song (see review), Julia Holter seemed to have stepped up to a level of musical maturity. With her new release, Have You In My Wilderness on Domino, she seems to have been busy building new musical worlds.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  26 comments
Data in, Analog out. What could be simpler.
Our phones have DACs. Our computers have DACs. Digital to Analog converts are a dime a dozen (literally in some cases) so why the hell would we want to spend around $10k on a DAC? The answer—quality of life.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 13, 2015  |  11 comments
photo credit: John Atkinson Stereophile

Eureka! I remembered our conversation at RMAF! Kidding. Philip O'Hanlon was not only smart enough to record Bruno explaining aspects of his approach to DAC design to me, he was kind enough to allow me to share it here.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2015  |  4 comments
Metrum Acoustics Musette ($1399.99)

Here's what's in-house or en-route to AudioStream for review.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Hi-Fi is first and foremost about people. That's why, when you walk around a show like the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, you see as many approaches to delivering our music through gear as there are people who make it. If you think there's a right way and a wrong way, you've missed this basic fact.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2015  |  1 comments
I was totally diggin' those new Audio Physic Avanti loudspeakers

My first priority at any show is new but that doesn't mean what isn't new is old. If you know what I mean. Here's a peak at some of the other rooms and gear I visited.