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Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 01, 2017
Our resident Director of all things video, Jana Dagdagan, and a few friends were over for some listening fun and to shoot my reviewer profile for Stereophile. After Jana's crafty editing work, it's ready.
Joe Surdna  |  Sep 01, 2017
It all happened so fast. Summer came and went and now some of the leaves are yellowing and beginning to fall. When I'm in town passing one of the high schools I can here the whistles of the football coaches putting the boys through their drills. It won't be long before it'll be time to wrap this year up and cogitate on what moved me the most in this column. But for the next three months there will be the usual avalanche of ear-worthy releases. Here are a few I discovered in August.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 01, 2017
Are you signed up for Boomkat's "Weekly Digest" email blast? Here's something from August 8th:
This week we present the first vinyl edition of Akira Rabelais' modern masterpiece Spellewauerynsherde. It's a collection of songs dating back to the 12th century, sublimated into something completely surreal and evocative. It was originally issued on CD via David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label back in 2004 and really is one of the most enigmatic albums of the 21st century so far and one of our favourite albums of all time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 31, 2017
"Comparison is the death of joy"—Mark Twain

"The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning."—Anonymous Cowboy

I recently reviewed a half dozen all-in-one devices that come in in roughly the same ballpark price-wise. While they're all all-in-one, they don't all offer the same thing, feature-wise. So let's begin with a picture that should help explain things (and save me a lot of jawin').
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 30, 2017
That about says it all, no (they sell FLAC downloads)?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 29, 2017
While there are a number of updates and bug fixes in the new Roon build, there's one update that makes me very, very happy.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 28, 2017
I've been feeling for quite some time an increasing interest in finding music that adds a new texture to my collection, as opposed to buying multiple releases from the same artist. Here I gather a mix of both expected and unpredictable artists, a selection of both local and world music that did precisely this.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 25, 2017
Back in the '70s, a new friend and I were talking about music and I mentioned I played guitar (he did too), liked Jimi Hendrix, Miles, and so on and he responded, "Gateway" with an almost dreamy look in his eye. When he noticed my quizical expression, he said, "Gateway!" as if I hadn't heard him and we all know that in these instances all one need do is raise your voice. Still no reaction from me.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 23, 2017
AudioQuest Beetle Optical-Bluetooth-USB Digital-to-Analog Converter ($199.99).

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