Michael Lavorgna

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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.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 27, 2017
If you don't know about Milford Graves, you want to. We've talked about Milford before; his healing powers and his music but these things only skim the surface of very deep waters.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 20, 2017
We've made a list, checked it twice, skipped the naughty, here's the nice. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 19, 2017
For downloads of new digital recordings what we want and what we should be offered is the original recorded format. It's really that simple. In this context, "hi-res" has no meaning unless we want to say that since downloads of new digital recordings are downsampled, that necessarily makes the original recorded format "hi-res." Hint: it doesn't.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 13, 2017
It's that time of year for holiday cheer; our annual Holiday Gift Guide. Chock full of treats for the young and young at heart, I hope you enjoy window shopping through 2017's picks as much as I enjoyed pickin' 'em. Ho, ho, ho!
 |  Nov 30, 2017
I first covered CES for AudioStream back in 2012 and wrote, "From the first minute I hit the Venetian's crowded elevator bank to the last, I could not help feeling behind. There's no way one person can cover everything at CES and T.H.E. Show unless their area of coverage is defined to include only those companies whose name begins and ends with an X." Looking at the current Exhibitor list, I could cover everything at CES 2018 in an afternoon.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 22, 2017

I've been rather selective about the views shown of the barn because, well, it was filled with stuff (i.e. unseemly). Since that's no longer the case, I'm happy to share this panoramic view (there's still work to be done but isn't that always the case?).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 09, 2017
Vanatoo Transparent Zero Active Speakers ($359.00/pair)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 02, 2017
...or is it Boris?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 25, 2017
TAD Evolution Series D1000MK2 DISC PLAYER BLACK EDITION ($14,995).

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