Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  4 comments
東方不敗 (named after a character, ‘Dōngfāng bùbài’ which means ‘Invincible East’, in a Jin Yong novel) is the debut album from Malaysia-born, Singapore/Taiwan/Shanghai/US-raised producer Tzusing. I found reference to this record on a The Wire's year-end list, found the record on Bandcamp (released on L.I.E.S.), hit Play, hit Buy Now. In short order.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  15 comments
Inputs and outputs. In hi-fi, it's interesting to note that with a device like the Bricasti M5, people wonder which of its outputs is "best". That's like asking, "What's the best screwdriver—flathead or phillips?"
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 17, 2018  |  1 comments
The totaldac D1-seven arrived yesterday. I unboxed it, sorry no video, set it up, and let it play overnight for the barn mice.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2018  |  6 comments
The totaldac d1-seven (€19,000 incl VAT, €17,450 excl VAT).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 15, 2018  |  4 comments
Benny Goodman with the 1957 JBL Paragon

Hi-Fi is not just black and silver face plates. All too often, industrial design is overlooked, passed by, ignored for what's inside. What's worse, some people believe hi-fi is pure function filled with utilitarian objects whose parts-count-cost + specifications determine all one need know. Say it ain't so (says I).

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 13, 2018  |  0 comments
Depending on your point of view, "Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide" is the story of one man's enjoyment of the hi-fi hobby, or it's a minefield of controversy.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 12, 2018  |  4 comments
Sometimes it takes time to find what I'm looking for—the salve to sooth some ache or pain. At times like these, I avoid go-to's preferring to find something new, even if that something turns out to be old.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2018  |  10 comments
Blake Morgan wrote:
"Webster’s English Dictionary defines the term 'golden goose' as a continuing source of wealth or profit that may be exhausted if it’s misused. Sadly, Spotify’s ongoing crisis of misuse begins and ends with the fact that they don’t know their only product is music. They think it’s themselves, which explains each and all of their stunning mistakes and missteps. They’d be well-served to ask any first-semester business student what the difference is between a 'brand' and a 'product.' But I don’t think they will, and I don’t think it’d help them at this point. I think their goose is cooked."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2018  |  24 comments
MQA has kicked up all kinds of controversy. One offshoot argument is the concept of ownership when it comes to file-based music—the MQA objection refers to the fact that we do not "own" the music we stream from streaming services. In MQA's case we're talking about Tidal but the same thing applies to every streaming service. To my way of thinking, this is a clear case of stating the obvious; streaming music is a service and if that service ceases for any reason, the music stream is no longer available. Case closed. But how about the downloads we buy?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  1 comments
The Las Vegas Convention Center, where all of the big action happens, experienced a power outage starting at 11:14am PT today. The North and Central Halls, which house exhibits by Sony, LG, Samsung, and Intel were in the dark and word is power is only now being restored to the Central Hall.

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