Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 11, 2015
Pitchfork's Joel Oliphint offers up a nice, if a bit too tidy, picture of music formats in 2015 and what they mean about, you. I enjoyed his piece and think you may too, which is not to say I agree with everything he wrote. It's healthy to be able to enjoy reading things we don't necessarily agree with (even this). Don't you think?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 08, 2015
I cleaned out a long neglected drawer. I don't know why I kept just these, but they all contain lovely memories.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 05, 2015
We'd be swimming in reviews? I have it set in my mind that I will write one review each week, to be published on Thursday morning. When I don't do that, I feel, well, rotten (I would also like to have pizza each Friday and pasta every Sunday but that rarely happens). This week there was just no way for me to post my review of the Melco N1A (pictured bottom right) because it's just not ready. It's not done.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 29, 2015
My schedule was delayed this week due to...wait for it...computer problems. That's my iMac, which I use for all manner of work, rebuilding itself after the dreaded flashing question mark told me it was not happy. I ended up having to reformat the iMac and reload everything. No big deal [footnote 1] except my external drive also failed so I had to run a recovery utility that did its job but left me with every file moved into folders called "Group X" X being a number from 1 to over 300 and all file names had also been changed to numbers. Nice.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 29, 2015
After too many problems to talk about including corrupt KeyChains, iCloud issues, jinxed Java, and your basic pull-your-hair-out idiocy (mine and more), my iMac is back. Restored, reinvigorated, and fully backed up just in case (jinx!). I've seen a few comments related to this, um, incident saying something along the lines of Macs don't crash. I'd agree. They don't crash, they fail heroically.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 27, 2015
"Beware of any dealer who tries to tell you what sounds best; you are the only judge of that and can best decide by making several trips to the store, listening carefully each time."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 21, 2015
Sometimes my mind goes places I'd rather it not go. It's as if it has a mind of its own. Perusing yesterday's hi-fi news, I came across the new Yamaha MusicCast portable wireless speaker ($249.95), the first product in their 20 MusicCast-enabled product lineup, offering an all out attack on wireless multi-room audio. And I thought, who cares?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2015
Metrum Acoustics Musette ($1399.99)

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

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 30, 2015
AudioStream officially launched at the end of September 2011. We're 4! With over 275 product reviews, more than 50 interviews, 180 music reviews, 1,600 total posts and 14,000+ comments, things have been...brisk. What's next?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 30, 2015
John Atkinson in one of the sweet spots

Last week, John Atkinson of Stereophile (but you already knew that) and John DeVore of DeVore Fidelity took the roughly 60-mile trip from Brooklyn to the wilds of NJ for a listening session in the barn. The agenda? Fun.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 28, 2015
7digital has recently announced they are supporting up to 24-bit/192kHz streaming through Google Cast compatible products including Google's Chromecast, LG Music Flow speakers, Denon HEOS, and a number of Sony products including receivers, soundbars, and WiFi speakers. I'd also keep an eye on partnerships like 7digital and ROK Mobile who may deliver free CD-quality streaming to your phone as part of your cellular package.
"We will be streaming hi-res audio as a normal way of accessing music in a couple of years." Pete Downton, 7digital's Chief Commercial Officer
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 23, 2015
I big thank you! to my friend Stephen Mejias for pointing me to The Lossless Self by Elizabeth Newton. It is among the most cogent, coherent, and thoughtful essays I've ever read on our hi-fi hobby.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 16, 2015
For the past month or so I've been listening through the Ayre AX-5 Twenty integrated amp and a pre-production pair of my friend John DeVore's Xs. This listening is not for a review, it is simply for pleasure. Mine.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 13, 2015
"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do."―John Ruskin

Of all the silly distinctions to creep their way into discussions of listening to music on the hi-fi, the specious argument, "You think you heard a difference, you don't know you heard a difference." is at the top of my Watch List (as in Watch out for the person saying this). This argument is typically attached at the hip to the notion that people who claim to know what they hear are "believers", in a pejorative sense. The opposite being a person who believes that if they cannot understand a reason for a perceived difference, they know there is no difference to be heard. This distinction moves the claimant from my Watch List to my Ignore List.