Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 02, 2011
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Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 01, 2011
Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo

Six inches of snow more or less doesn't sound like anything to talk about. But in October in NJ when the trees are still ripe with multicolored leaves and power lines weave in and out of their branches for nearly every mile of the town you live in and then some, it spells outage. We lost power on Saturday at around 6pm and our local power company expects to have it back "by Thursday or Friday".

So here I sit in a lovely hotel room looking out over the closed pool with not a drop of snow in site. I plan to take a long shower, get some warm dinner (and cold beer) and get back to AudioStream(ing) soon. Sorry for the lull.

If you haven't seen Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo I cannot recommend it highly enough. It tells the tale of a man obsessed with music and bringing his beloved opera to an isolated Peruvian village. During these few days of silence, I see the genius in owning a mechanical Victrolla for those times when we need music's warming embrace and have nothing more to power it than desire.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 24, 2011
One of the questions in terms of deciding whether or not to go down the native DSD-road is—where does one get DSD music? While you can rip SACDs, that’s the subject of an entire article on its own but suffice it to say it is not a simple procedure (you can start here). In terms of downloads, I’m only aware of one source at present www.downloads.net and their DSD offerings are $40/album and the selection is limited to under 20 titles.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 03, 2011
One of the most compelling aspects of computer audio is the ability to get significant improvements in enjoyment for very little money and sometimes for no money at all. Here are five easy pieces.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 30, 2011
From a computer audio perspective, the promise of Cloud-based music services is another bright spot on the horizon. However the present state of the science fails to deliver a compelling case for those interested in CD-quality or better playback of the music they already own. In other words, why spend time and money only to get back a poorer version of the original?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 23, 2011
If you’re reading this odds are you already own a music server. And a music streamer and a network music player with access to millions of songs—for free. It’s no exaggeration to suggest that we live in an age of musical abundance with access to more music than at any other time in history. Technology has brought the world’s living music library into our homes and onto our smartphones.

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