Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 22, 2016
It's always nice to meet new people, especially people who share your passions: You can expect to see equipment reviews from these fine folks and, as previously mentioned, a monthly music roundup from Joe in the new year. Welcome one and all!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 20, 2016
While we're going to offer our own "Best of..." lists from our new music writer, Joe Surdna, as well as from all our reviewers, in the mean time, here's a list of lists. The thing I enjoy most about lists is seeing all of the music I've yet to hear. The thing I enjoy least about lists is the expected (but I expect that's kinda silly).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 14, 2016
We've made a list, checked it twice, skipped the naughty, so here's the nice. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 06, 2016
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 2016's picks as much as I enjoyed pickin' 'em. Ho, ho, ho!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 30, 2016
It's that time again. Lovely Recordings has become an indispensable aspect of the AudioStream genome and I want (need?) to keep it going.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 29, 2016
Back in the late '80s when I was living on the Upper West Side, I decided to rent a saxophone. I had taken lessons, school lessons, as a youngster but you could say that my saxophone playing skills were non-existent.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 16, 2016
John Coltrane's personal RCA ribbon microphone (really)

I made the rainy-day trip into the heart of Brooklyn where I met composer and Stereophile contributor Sasha Matson and John Atkinson, Stereophile's Editor in Chief, for an analog mastering session. Don't worry, digits were also involved.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 10, 2016
From Sonic.Build: The Roon Ready 24/192-capable Sonic Bitstream ($219) and Sonic DAC ($249).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 10, 2016
Here's one of the things in-barn for review—the Sound Galleries music server SGM 2015 ($16,000) (more here). If you read that report from Munich, you'll see I commented on "color" or my perceived lack thereof. Based on initial in-barn impressions, using HQPlayer, you can dial in pretty much whatever you like.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 25, 2016
in a men's room at RMAF 2016

"Should I sell my DAC, which I love, to buy an MQA DAC right now?"

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 20, 2016
I needed some respite after RMAF to regroup and reinvest my time in listening. Here's the barn's new (old) barn light which is one change of two.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 04, 2016
From my 2011 RMAF Show Report:
I'd say that based on what I heard, saw and felt at RMAF 2011, we're in for one helluva musical journey ahead.
AudioStream launched just prior to RMAF 2011 which means we're about to cover our 6th RMAF. One question I'd ask today—does the descriptor "Computer Audio" still make sense?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 20, 2016
Bill Parish of GTT Audio (left) and Dick Diamond of YG Acoustics

Each time I see GTT Audio's Bill Parish at a hi-fi show, we make the same joke along the lines of "We live less than 20 miles from each other, yet I only see you in ______ (fill in the blank (Denver, Vegas, etc.). When I received an invite from YG Acoustics Director of Sales & Marketing Dick Diamond to the Sonja XV press event at Bill's place, I said "Sure!"

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 08, 2016
Here are some words from my previous reviews of the DACs from totaldac:
"...this made for one helluva fun review period. One that I wished would never end."

"...I could very easily live happily ever after in this system's warm embrace."

"During the course of this review I looked around for things to sell. Nothing was safe; my car, art, hi-fi gear, books, furniture, etc. How about that Princeton Reverb amp? What about all those jars of change!"

"On a personal note, my heart and mind still have me craving either the d1-tube-mk2 or the d1-dual DAC, a craving which can only be filled if/when my bank account becomes fuller."