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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 23, 2017 1 comments
At €399.00, the new Dali Katch is a cute yet not inexpensive portable battery-powered Bluetooth (apt-X) speaker wrapped in aluminum and topped off with a leather handle that also includes an analog input, USB charge port so you can keep your phone juiced on the go, two " Audio Profiles" ('Clear' and 'Warm'), a place to stick your Chromecast dongle, 24-hour battery life, and stereo pairing for the well-heeled looking for stereo separation. But what about that price? How many people are really going to fork out 400 smackers for a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker, let alone double that for two?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 21, 2017 5 comments
an angelic (looking) Rob Darling with Nucleus

That's right—Roon will soon be shipping two Roon servers; Nucleus and Nucleus+. Here are the specs:

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2017 2 comments
The first wave of jet lag washed over me, turning my view into a fun house mirror when I entered the Estelon room to hear their new Lynx more-than-a-speaker. So it did not help my 'condition' when the black driver column of the Lynx started to descend into the embrace of the white cloak below.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 19, 2017 0 comments
Pictured is the dCS Rossini Player, which received a favorable review from John Atkinson in Stereophile, just received a firmware update making it MQA-enabled. John Quick, General Manager at dCS Americas Inc., played some wonderful tunes, as usual, and the dCS/D'Agostino/Wilson system sounded superb, as usual. We then did a comparison between Ray Charles and Milt Jackson's "So Long Blues" from Soul Brothers; non-MQA vs. MQA.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 18, 2017 5 comments
I took a photo of my AudioQuest DragonFly Red before and after the MQA update ($free) so you can experience the change and not have to rely on what I have to say about it. Above is the before photo. Here's after:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2017 11 comments
"Take 'em to the bridge"—James Brown, "Sex Machine"
Can a piece of hi-fi be a sex machine?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2017 13 comments
Later today I board a flight which will get me to Munich tomorrow. Wednesday, according to my schedule, is art day, the exact destination unknown; I enjoy heading to Kunstareal and seeing what's up my alley. I view this day as my sensory awareness pre-show check-in.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 15, 2017 3 comments
Posting on Lovely Music was such fun that I’ve come back for more. I’ve recently armed myself with Roon and a Tidal account, which have made exploring new music a daily event. Equipped with offline Tidal selections and a Dragonfly Red dangling from the iPhone, the morning subway ride is almost bearable.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2017 8 comments
You are invited into the barn for a talk about my hi-fi.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 12, 2017 0 comments
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. You had me at "Spirituality Classics", "Ecstatic Music", and "Alice Coltrane".

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