Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 12, 2016
Art is a funny thing: Funny because what some people consider to be art, others don't. I'm not talking about value judgments of "good" or "bad", I'm talking about the mere classification as such. Of course the art doesn't care one way or another. It just is. Art also knows it may take years, decades, or more for people to come around to realizing what it is. Beauty is not "in the eye of the beholder", it hovers between the beholder and that which is beheld.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 11, 2016
Engineering Cred
Ed Meitner, the man behind EMM Labs, has some serious engineering credentials. These include a number of patents and a few decades' worth of product design and innovation including preampfification, amplification, and all things digital (like the Meitner Intelligent Digital Audio Translator (IDAT) digital processor from 1993). I owned and enjoyed the Museatex Meitner STR55 Stereo Amp back in the '90s when I was living the life of an IT guy by day and loft-living painter by night in NYC. I can still remember loving the ST55's design and sound, a nice change from the behemoths populating the floors of high-end shops like immovable metal heat generating odes to speaker design gone awry.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 10, 2016
I spent a few hours this morning listening to MQA-encoded files decoded through the Meridian Prime Headphone Amp/DAC. While it's too soon to make any definitive comments, I can say that some of the sound qualities I heard at the CES MQA demos (read about that here and here) are apparent here in the barn. Readily apparent.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 09, 2016
An article in yesterday's NY Times Science blog, New Ways Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room’, reports on recent and fascinating findings from scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
"By mathematically analyzing scans of the auditory cortex and grouping clusters of brain cells with similar activation patterns, the scientists have identified neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music — any music."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 09, 2016
Particularly perceptive readers may have noticed that an About Us link snuck, or sneaked if you are old fashioned, into the footer. If you missed it, follow the link where you'll find out a number of things about us: "Our Philosophy", "Editorial & Advertising", "Measurements & Tests", and more.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2016
Thank you to all those that have contributed to this series. Many have shown me new artists that I was previously unaware of to date so I thought I'd return the favor. In no particular order—a little of everything:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 05, 2016
"He is also an entertainment law professor and edits and scores films". So reads part of composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge's bio and that bit about film scores is relevant to our Download of the Week: Something About April II, released on Linear Labs January of this year, reads like a soundtrack from one of the most fascinating films you've never seen.
Steven Plaskin  |  Feb 04, 2016
The Platinum Starlight 7 USB 2.0 cable represents Wireworld’s application of their most advanced technology and materials to build their finest USB cable. I had the pleasure to review the older Platinum Starlight USB cable in my USB cable shootout of 2013 (see Shootout). At that time, I found the Platinum Starlight USB cable excelled in the way it handled transients with outstanding definition and resolution, but lacked warmth or richness to the sound.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 01, 2016
I had so much fun doing an entry in Audiostream's Lovely Recordings I thought it was time to do another. Thankfully, Michael agreed. Hence the second installment.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 29, 2016
Holes. I've got holes in my musical knowledge all over the place; if my body was a pitcher and you poured water into my head, you'd see thousands of tiny spouts spitting water through those holes. African Head Charge was one until I plugged it up thanks to Tidal HiFi. African Head Charge was formed in the early 1980s by percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noa and developed over time into a varying cast of musical characters. The band's music, dubbed "psychedelic dub", has hit my head and heart hard.