Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2018
This is a follow-up to my dCS Rossini DAC ($23,999) review to explore new features delivered as a firmware update including MQA decoding.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 06, 2018
I asked Bob Stuart, Creator of MQA, this very question when I reviewed MQA in May 2016. Here's Bob's answer:
"MQA manages no rights, extends or embodies no rights, has no tracing or user information (unlike UITS). There is no management system."
I spoke to Bob Stuart earlier today about this subject, something none of the people cooking up conspiracy theories seem inclined to do, and here's what he said:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 31, 2018
Joseph Beuys

We're gearing up for another day of barn videoing and this time the subject will be "How To" videos. My question—what subjects would you like to see covered?

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 30, 2018
I think about this often—with all of the anger and outrage expressed on the Internet in comments and on forums, is Internet anger a good thing? Is being rude serving some greater good?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 29, 2018
Kendrick Lamar kills it at the Grammys (again)

Did you watch? I did and according to past years, some 20+ million people in the US alone did too.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 27, 2018
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 28, 2018. And I'm wondering—do you care?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 24, 2018
Sounds kinda funny, right? In our ever-changing computer audio landscape, I thought it would be interesting (fun?) to point to some stone cold classic pieces of computer audio that have withstood the test of time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 23, 2018
The totaldac USB GIGAFILTER, 0.6m or 1m or 1.5m: €1750 incl VAT, €1600 excl VAT.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 17, 2018
The totaldac D1-seven arrived yesterday. I unboxed it, sorry no video, set it up, and let it play overnight for the barn mice.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2018
The totaldac d1-seven (€19,000 incl VAT, €17,450 excl VAT).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 15, 2018
Benny Goodman with the 1957 JBL Paragon

Hi-Fi is not just black and silver face plates. All too often, industrial design is overlooked, passed by, ignored for what's inside. What's worse, some people believe hi-fi is pure function filled with utilitarian objects whose parts-count-cost + specifications determine all one need know. Say it ain't so (says I).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 13, 2018
Depending on your point of view, "Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide" is the story of one man's enjoyment of the hi-fi hobby, or it's a minefield of controversy.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2018
MQA has kicked up all kinds of controversy. One offshoot argument is the concept of ownership when it comes to file-based music—the MQA objection refers to the fact that we do not "own" the music we stream from streaming services. In MQA's case we're talking about Tidal but the same thing applies to every streaming service. To my way of thinking, this is a clear case of stating the obvious; streaming music is a service and if that service ceases for any reason, the music stream is no longer available. Case closed. But how about the downloads we buy?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 10, 2018
Initial reports from CES 2018 are not good. Here's Stereophile's Jon Iverson:
This year high-end audio occupies only one floor of the Venetian, and there are just a couple exhibitors in the suites above. The Mirage is also down to a couple suites and around town is particularly quiet. So I'd say we are operating at less than 30% of peak CES.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 28, 2017
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever" John Keats on the Leben CS600

The Leben CS600 has been in production since 2005. This is either great news or not, depending on your point of view. In audiophileland, especially in hi-fi reviewerville, the search for the newest-best-thing is often the focus. In real life, that's not such a great thing.

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