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Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 17, 2013
from Wikipedia: The Birkin bag is a handbag by Hermès, handmade in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin. The bag is a symbol of wealth due to its high price and elusiveness to the public. Its price ranges from $9,000 to $150,000. Costs escalate according to the type of materials.

"Eighteen thousand?" The curious show goer asked. "No, eighteen hundred." The exhibitor answered.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 26, 2013
The Bill Dixon Orchestra Intents and Purposes

Stereophile's 2012 Records To Die For has just come online. R2D4 is one of my favorite features and John Atkinson was kind enough to ask me to participate for the first time in 2012. You can see my picks here.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 14, 2016
Here's a lovely piece of writing on the recent observation made by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), "...that a signal from gravitational waves had been discovered emanating from the collision and merger of two massive black holes over a billion light-years away. How far away is that? Well, one light-year is about 5.88 trillion miles.", writes Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicist, director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, and author of "A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing". This discovery also confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity.

What does this have to do AudioStream? This quote from Lawrence M. Krauss sums up this relevance nicely:

Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 22, 2016
Thanks to reader Angelo P. for pointing me to How to Listen to Music: Escaping algorithms and musical ruts, a review of Ben Ratliff’s book Every Song Ever: 20 Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty. Spencer Kornhaber discusses Ratliff's book and puts it into our musically abundant context:
"At least since the advent of Napster, in 1999, the Internet’s potential effect on listeners (if not on industry coffers and artists) has often been portrayed as radical and utopian. Music bloggers, the iPod’s massive storage capabilities, and, most recently, the virtually unlimited browsing potential afforded by streaming—the convergence would surely pave the way for a generation to whom eclecticism was normal. Human curiosity could finally triumph over genre tribalism and lowest-common-denominator marketing. The super-listener would rise."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 09, 2017
Friends invited us to a concert last week and I'll admit it was one I would not have otherwise attended.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 14, 2015
If you ever read an article about sound quality and music and it includes "On my laptop's speakers I could not tell the difference...", I'd recommend taking everything said related to sound quality as being relevant only under those same conditions. After all, it's important to realize that any test is only as valid as the conditions under which the test was performed.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 10, 2015
Reader Roberto Z. was kind enough to send me the following email. He also gave me the OK to share it with you, here, including this picture of his son. Made my day. Thanks Roberto!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 05, 2017
It's a children's book by musicians and artists that's not for children. It is, however, for us.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 02, 2017
In their review of the Bluesound Pulse 2 and Pulse Flex, Wired concludes with their Rating:
6/10—Strong audio and design, but the speakers are remarkably challenging to get going.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 18, 2015

moDernisT_v1 from Ryan Maguire on Vimeo.

When the Moving Pictures Experts Group first developed the MP3 codec way back in 1993, they didn't just base it on theories. They also listened to some of their favorite music to help determine which was the least offensive perceptual model. Listening to music was used to tweak the science. One of the tracks employed for these purposes was Susann Vega's "Tom's Diner". The above video by Ryan Maguire, a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, was created using the sounds that MP3 encoding (at 320kbps) discards from "Tom's Diner" while the video portion was created from the data discarded during mp4 video compression. Give it a listen.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 01, 2017
Thanks to John DeVore, I attended the premier performance of John Adams' Passion oratorio at Carnegie Hall yesterday evening. It was, in a word, astounding.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 25, 2013
In his article for the NY Times, Steven Kurutz presents an interesting case for the future of high-end audio. He essentially offers up two distinct listening options; one representing convenience and poor sound quality, i.e. lossy compressed download and streaming music formats, and the other the "scratchy joys of vinyl". What Mr. Kurutz obviously misses is the growing number of CD or better quality downloads being offered by non-audiophile sites including Boomkat, Bleep.com, and Soundcloud. And if you want to find music-loving audio geeks, what better place than computer audio!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 19, 2016
Back when our daughters were in grammar school, one of their superintendents said, "We have to be ready to be ready." I'll never forget that sentence and how preposterous it sounded (and still does). As people interested in the quality of our experience when listening to reproduced music, do we have to be ready to be ready?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 18, 2017
If you've read any book Murakami has written, you'll know that he scatters music throughout, like a great filmmaker imbuing the story with greater story. I happen to love, yes love, Haruki Murakami's writing which makes me more than interested in him. Being more than interested in music, to boot, makes this 3,350 song Spotify playlist more than a playlist; it's like a thought-journey in song.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2017
no amplifiers were injured during the photo shoot

I recently received an email asking, "What's up?" Here's a peak at some of the gear in-barn for review (from the top):

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