Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Stereophile's Kal Rubinson reviewed the BeoLab 90 from Bang & Olufsen and concluded, ..."I exhort every caring music listener to listen to the BeoLab 90 and hear what is now possible. It's that good." The BeoLab 50 ($39,170/pair) are the 90's little brother but they house much of the same technology. The 50's are active speakers + DAC (24/192) and employ sophisticated DSP for in-room correction.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  1 comments
I like my hi-fi like I like my coffee? Bel Canto's new EX line trickles down from their flagship Black series. We're looking at the Black EX DAC / Control Preamp ($13,990) which includes a host of digital (USB, S/PDIF, Toslink, AES, Ethernet) and analog (line level, MM/MC) inputs. The Black EX DAC also decodes MQA.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Thanks to Mr. Weird New Pop, Stephen Mejias, for this heads up—you can stream the new Circuit Des Yeux album Reaching For Indigo for free for the next 9 days. Let Haley Fohr's exotic eeriness act as the soundtrack to our show report!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  0 comments
ELAC's new electronics design by Peter Madnick of Audio Alchemy and Constellation fame will make their official debut at CES 2018. For RMAF, the prototypes were dressed up in their old Audio Alchemy clothes. I'm very much looking forward to getting my ears and eyes on these in-barn because Peter designs great-sounding gear and ELAC prices things aggressively.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  2 comments
I like themes, don't you? The Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier ($2495) houses an ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M) and supports PCM resolutions up to 32/384 and DSD256 (via USB) while pumping out 2x 160 Watts (@ 8 Ohms).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Continuing on our recent All-In-One theme, the AVM A30 integrated amp ($2995) adds a DAC and Bluetooth connectivity inside its 2x 110W Class A/B amp.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  2 comments
the PS Audio DirectStream DAC ($5999)

One evening well after the show had closed, I found myself in the PS Audio room with a bunch of guys listening to music. Here's the catch; just for the fun of it.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Bryston's BDP-3 Digital Music Player ($3495, $1500 for just upgrade) got speedier with a "blazing Intel processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM". This allows for faster processing (wink) which should positively impact performance for people with large music libraries.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Micromega has gone and done it again; this year dressed in electric blue. Micromega added DSP to the M-150 Amp/DAC/Streamer/DSP/MM/MC phono Pre ($7495) which outputs an additional 50W of output power as compared to the M-100 (I love it when names makes sense).

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