Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2017  |  1 comments
Why am I covering the release of the new McIntosh MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier? A few reasons; 1) McIntosh is one brand that sells itself because it has the best brand recognition in the industry (think blue glow), 2) Most people like to buy things that they find attractive (there's nothing wrong with that, even in hi-fi), and 3) We tend to ignore these 2 very important things.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 27, 2017  |  3 comments
Imagine if everyone attending next week's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was stoned? Mellow, happy pot-smoking people wandering from room to room enjoying the crap out of music then heading down to the bar for some munchies and laughs? If the exhibitors partook too, and why not, my guess is we wouldn't hear any audiophile music at all; instead we'd be treated to the music people actually love. A party!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 25, 2017  |  0 comments
A day rarely goes by that I don't listen to music. I prefer to think of myself as a music lover rather than an audiophile, though I do love having audio gear that allows me to better enjoy the music I love. Lovely, no? If it gets me closer to the tunes, I probably want it. However, if I had to choose between having access to more music or mo'better (and better) equipment, I'd go for the former. I grew up listening to rock, prog rock and pop, as well as classical and opera (shudder!) on the radio my mom had on all day, almost every day. I started listening to jazz due to the influence of my younger brother when he switched from violin to bass guitar, then studying double-bass and jazz at university. This music, in so many of its idioms, has been the major part of my musical diet for about 30 years.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 22, 2017  |  0 comments
I like to listen to the artist whenever possible. Here's Larkin Grimm on her recent release Chasing an Illusion:
The love generated by this record is dedicated to Ornette Coleman, who taught me to play without fear, and to The Divine Yogini Turiyasangitananda, AKA Alice Coltrane, who taught me to heal the deepest pain of loss through music. May the light of truth overcome all darkness.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 21, 2017  |  14 comments
Short & Sweet
As promised, I am here to talk about 2 other variations on the BACCH4Mac theme; using the included RME Babyface as DAC, and going USB out of the BACCh4Mac-housing Mac into my DAC. Please consider the review proper recommended since I will not be re-hashing the BACCH story.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 19, 2017  |  6 comments
The famed German Director has released a feature-length film about hi-fi forums. Here's the trailer:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 18, 2017  |  6 comments
As a UK expat the folk tradition of the British Isles is very close to my heart and while many dismiss much of this music as arch, twee or "finger in the ear" caterwauling it is in fact a very vibrant and dynamic tradition and one with a wealth of beautiful tunes to offer. The selection I’ve made below will hopefully illustrate some of the range and diversity of this genre while also hopefully throwing up one or two new selections for most listeners—enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 15, 2017  |  1 comments
I was in our NY office and I asked Robert Baird, Stereophile's Music Editor, "Have you heard the new Iron & Wine? It's really nice, very easy to like." Robert responded that he hadn't listened to it yet so I added, "Some reviewers have said it may be too easy to like." To which Robert responded with a sigh of a sentence as if he's heard this way too many times, "Is anything really too easy to like?" I like Robert.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 11, 2017  |  2 comments
Shout out to this website for leading me to a number of my favorite albums. Here are some that hopefully haven’t been mentioned here before (all available on Tidal).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  0 comments
While LCD Soundsystems' American Dream hardly needs more praise, I have to say I've been enjoying the bejesus out of it since its release on September 1st. American Dream wears its influences on its sleeve and in so doing it touches things already inside my musical head with a fresh delight. Lovely.

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