Michael Lavorgna  |  May 30, 2017
"To lose one CEO may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness." (But to lose three?) Oscar Wilde
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 29, 2017
The enjoyment of music is such a personal thing, but we love to share that joy with friends. And in reading many of the Lovely Recordings entries one thing that seems to be missing is demo material for my friends. My own personal listening is greatly varied; but many of the buddies I have are not into jazz or Classical, so a lot of the wonderful suggestions in other entries are lovely but if I’m trying to expand the HiRes empire they’re not helpful weapons in conquering my friends. [Note: Of course each could be used as a whole album or individual tracks if pressed for time.]
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
all photos from a walk around Munich

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that We talk about ourselves and complain, a lot.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
Lulu gave the best hi-fi presentation I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. By a very long shot

Each year, Silbatone Acoustics shows up at Munich High End toting (container'ing?) a lovely mix of the (very) old and new; speakers of various vintages from Western Electric, their own electronics designed by J.C. Morrison, and analog front ends from Thomas Schick and Frank Schroeder. And each year I fall in love. But this year was different.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
Professor Edgar Choueiri of Princeton University and Bacch creator explains where it's at

I first reported on BACCH 3D SOUND from CES 2015. If you want some information on the technology, check those links. I'm here to simply talk about listening.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017

Let's take yet another walk around Munich High End and see what we can see...

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
2017 marks dCS' 30th anniversary and so does their new Limited Edition Vivaldi One (from £55,000):
Limited to just 250 uniquely numbered pieces, it puts an integral CD/SACD transport alongside the latest dCS Ring DAC in a single box, together with state-of-the-art network streaming functionality.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
I like new, and kinda quirky, and the NEM D-DAC 2 ($TBD) is new to me because the Russia-based company, manned by aerospace engineers, premiered it here. The D-DAC is a R2R DAC offering a USB and AES-EBU input capable of handling up to 384kHz PCM data. There are 5 separate power supplies, proprietary in-house custom NEM output transformers, and tube rectification. I will be learning more about (the quirky) and listening more to the NEM DAC...shortly.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
While passive speakers are not on my watch, I'll still shout out to Dynaudio and their new Special Forty anniversary speaker (€3000/pair) just because (I like the company and they make good speakers).
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 26, 2017
Sonus Faber & Eames

Let's take another walk around Munich High End and see what we can see...