Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 29, 2017  |  3 comments
From Ayre:
With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Charles Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, has passed away on November 28th, 2017. Those who knew Charley knew that he was a passionate man who always stood up for what he believed to be right. His family knew him as a loving and dedicated father of his two children. With the passing of Charley, the world has lost one of the most creative and innovative minds in the audio industry and we have lost a good friend.

While we can never replace Charley, his spirit lives on in the team at Ayre. We are dedicated to continuing his mission of creating and manufacturing the best sounding audio equipment in the world. Most importantly, we will be there for our friends, partners, and customers who have supported us over the years. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time.

We wish you all the best over the holidays, and please play an album for Charley sometime.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 27, 2017  |  6 comments
Yes, I freely admit to loving Christmas music. Come Thanksgiving it's pretty much all I play until after New Year's Day. To sustain myself that long, I've had to collect a wide variety beyond the usual fare that gets played on the radio. For this list I've omitted the chestnuts everyone knows; no Vince Guaraldi "A Charlie Brown Christmas", no Nat King Cole or Bing Crosby, although I love all that stuff too. I have about 2500 Christmas tracks, mostly ripped from CDs, and I could easily include many of them here. But these are the some of the ones I turn to first when the season comes.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 22, 2017  |  14 comments

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 21, 2017  |  2 comments
Stephen Mejias, Jana Dagdagan and I made the trip to Princeton, NJ to the homes of the 3D Audio and Applied Acoustics (3D3A) Laboratory at Princeton University and Professor Choueiri where we listened to all things 3D audio. Following are 3 videos taken from one long video of the Professor explaining what he does in the lab and how that applies to our homes (and more).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  1 comments
I have long read and enjoyed the Lovely Recordings postings on AudioStream. I have found it to be a great resource when I am looking for new or different music to try out, and have found many gems that I have added to my preferred list of artists and recordings.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  4 comments
Like I said, blame Stephen. Aldous Harding's Party, released on 4AD in May of this year, is perfect.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 16, 2017  |  6 comments
Nothin' Bugs Me

To my way of thinking, if you want a DAC that offers USB, Optical, and Bluetooth inputs and you want it to sound good without deciding between it and a car, I have news for you.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 13, 2017  |  1 comments
This is a list of albums in my collection that I like to listen in their entirety. I call it 'Whole Albums Worth Listening To”. There's not a clinker in the bunch of songs of each. When I first discovered each of these I played them over and over for months, and after years and years I still go back and listen. So sit back, queue 'em up and enjoy over 8 hours of good tunes.

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