Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2017
spy photo

Opening scene: Reviewer enters empty room at hi-fi show and proceeds to take photos. Upon removing the info sheet perched atop a DAC for a better photo of said DAC, a woman rushes in from the hall and says sternly, "No photos! No photos!" pointing to the no photos sign in the corner with the same finger she was just wagging in reviewer's face.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2017
My musical journey started with piano lessons around age 5, later adding the violin. Playing these two instruments, even if only at modest amateur levels, has given me an insight into, and a love for, works that I would probably otherwise have skimmed over, as well as an intimate idea of what these instruments should really sound like.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 08, 2017
What gets you excited? A very expensive system that sounds great, a very inexpensive system that sounds great, or maybe a system that measures well? If you fall into the last group, you and I enjoy different hobbies. I'll let you in on a little secret; while I get excited about any system that makes music sound vital, I get even more excited if that system also happens to be inexpensive (don't tell anyone).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 07, 2017
My pre-RMAF routine consists of loading up my iPhone with offline albums from Tidal for the flight and sticking some music on a USB stick in the hopes of hearing some of them at the show. This later task would seem simple but it's somehow a struggle because I toss and turn between 'I should bring polite music' and 'I can't believe I just thought that". I thought it would be fun to share what's on the stick so you can listen along:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 06, 2017
I've been impatiently awaiting the release of Ibeyi's sophomore record. I wait no longer.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 04, 2017
If someone tells you that you need to take a test, any kind of test, before buying a piece of hi-fi gear, they are wrong. Listening to music is fun and we all know how to have fun.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 02, 2017
This list is a bit random. There are a couple soundtracks, a broadway play soundtrack, and a mix of other genres. They can all be purchased as downloads from Acoustic Sounds. I use several of them when testing out a system change.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 29, 2017
Back in 2012, Mr. "Weird New Pop" sent me an email with a link to Chelsea Wolfe's Bandcamp page. The subject line read "Mmm". Back in 2015, Mr. "Monthly Spins" sent me an email which read (in part), "I was just listening to that new Chelsea Wolfe album Abyss and thought it was something you might like." They were right.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 28, 2017
I've read some interesting comments from people who are convinced they can tell what a room sounds like from a YouTube video and/or a photo. So let's see if they're right. Can you pick which photo of my listening room sounds better?