Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  15 comments
"Ground-Breaking Technology"

I said that back in 2015 after my first experience listening to music processed through a BACCH 3D Sound processor (the BACCH-SP) at CES. Now that I've experienced BACCH in-barn, I would say that the BACCH4MAC 3D Audio Playback System is ground-breaking technology.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 05, 2017  |  2 comments
STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz and global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, have announced a long-term partnership – in the next few months, Mercedes-Benz customers that have connected their car to the Mercedes me Portal will be able to access a complimentary TIDAL HiFi membership.
Starting from 2018 all Mercedes me customers are provided with a free 12-month subscription in hi-fi streaming quality. After that complimentary trial, customers can continue to use the TIDAL subscription to access albums, live streams, and Tidal X concerts for €9.99 (premium quality) or €19.99 (hi-fi quality).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 04, 2017  |  3 comments
MQA is on the move, as a series of Press Releases from IFA 2017 make clear. Here are the highlights:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 04, 2017  |  0 comments
This set of music features artists that take me in different directions that I call way out. Dissonant to a degree, minor keys, time signature changes, woodwinds, percussion, and more. This is cerebral stuff that doesn't require you to think. Just enjoy. Everything can be found in Tidal.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 01, 2017  |  5 comments
Our resident Director of all things video, Jana Dagdagan, and a few friends were over for some listening fun and to shoot my reviewer profile for Stereophile. After Jana's crafty editing work, it's ready.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 01, 2017  |  1 comments
Are you signed up for Boomkat's "Weekly Digest" email blast? Here's something from August 8th:
This week we present the first vinyl edition of Akira Rabelais' modern masterpiece Spellewauerynsherde. It's a collection of songs dating back to the 12th century, sublimated into something completely surreal and evocative. It was originally issued on CD via David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label back in 2004 and really is one of the most enigmatic albums of the 21st century so far and one of our favourite albums of all time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 31, 2017  |  3 comments
"Comparison is the death of joy"—Mark Twain

"The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning."—Anonymous Cowboy

I recently reviewed a half dozen all-in-one devices that come in in roughly the same ballpark price-wise. While they're all all-in-one, they don't all offer the same thing, feature-wise. So let's begin with a picture that should help explain things (and save me a lot of jawin').
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 30, 2017  |  0 comments
That about says it all, no (they sell FLAC downloads)?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 29, 2017  |  8 comments
While there are a number of updates and bug fixes in the new Roon build, there's one update that makes me very, very happy.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 28, 2017  |  1 comments
I've been feeling for quite some time an increasing interest in finding music that adds a new texture to my collection, as opposed to buying multiple releases from the same artist. Here I gather a mix of both expected and unpredictable artists, a selection of both local and world music that did precisely this.