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DOUBLE WINNERS: Fiio portable audio players

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

If people ask us why they would want a dedicated portable music player rather than simply using their phone, our answer is easy — they enable the loading of a wide range of high-res audio file types, they use higher quality DACs and audio stages, and some of them can also double-up for use at home as a DAC as well. You can pay thousands of dollars for these things, but two releases from the same company this year impressed us by delivering excellence at more affordable prices. … Read the full article

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Advanced ANC 747 IEM Review

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

8.3
Our Score
$59.99

2017 is swiftly coming to a close and it feels only natural that I would stumble across one of the better IEMs sub-$99 right now…go figure. The audio God’s are cruel sometimes.

These $59.99 ANC IEM’s by ADVANCED took my breath away.  and I am terribly saddened that the Christmas holiday is over and I will have to recommend these for future birthdays or perhaps next Christmas.

Build and Packaging

For $59, I have zero complaints.… Read the full article

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Cecilia for the New Year

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Cecilia Bartoli is back. After far too long without a new “solo” recording venture, the phenomenal mezzo-soprano returned to the microphone this past March, three months before she turned 51, to record nine Dolce Duello (Sweet Duels) with the 1759 baroque cello of Sol Gabetta. Supported by Sol’s ensemble, Cappella Gabetta, under the leadership of her violinist brother, Andrés Gabetta, the two women deliver one sweet delight after the other.

Nor does the album consist solely of baroque arias. After extended pieces by Albinoni, Gabrielli, Vivaldi, Handel, Caldara, and Porpora—the longest, the world premiere recording of Caldara’s “Fortuna e speranza” from the 1722 opera, Nitocri, lasts over 10 minutes—comes the icing on the cake, Sol Gabetta and her ensemble performing Boccherini’s Cello Concerto No.10 in D, G483, from 1782.… Read the full article

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The List: Five of the Best Phono Cartridges in The World

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to something new we’re going to try here on PTA thanks to our friend Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m going to be curating a new list every month featuring different categories of gear that I think you – our readers – have to hear under any circumstances you can arrange: beg, borrow, steal, drive for hours, hop a train, take a plane… you get what I’m saying. Price will not be a factor, with individual pieces on each list reflecting a spectrum of what I feel is the best.Read the full article

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Part-Time Audiophile’s favorite albums of 2017

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2017-Picks-Featured

Simply the best… of 2017

You’ll note that we’re not calling this the Best Albums of 2017. There are plenty of those lists out there, and they are pretty much dominated by this year’s critical darlings with some heavily promoted mainstream names thrown in. Instead of repeating that, Part-Time Audiophile asked its writers to share their favorite releases.

Some of our recommendations indeed may show up on a few of the other rankings, but many are farther off the beaten path.… Read the full article

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2017 – Counting backwards

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , |

219,373 – the number of uniques (individual readers) visiting DAR in the last 4 weeks. “Is that a lot?”, you ask. Like this site’s own review commentary, performance must be triangulated from comparative data points.

Back in October, the number of unique visitors clicking through to DAR was 182,637. That means the site has enjoyed 20% reader growth in the last two months alone. Wow. On the year, where DAR’s unique visitors in December 2016 numbered 121,588, the annual unique visitor growth clocks in at a whopping 80%.… Read the full article

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Audiophile fairy-tale or the pizza connection

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

I ain’t sure about the title but this is the story of an old Fidelity Research moving coil cartridge, a Sumiko high output Talisman S and an old Sumiko tonearm.

It could also be a small recap of Boulder Amplifiers history, a company that made a transition from professional audio to the echelons of high end, building some of the most cherished, well finished and best sounding pieces of gear in recent years. In fact the company evolved so much over the last 30 years that the old factory was not big enough to host the production and new equipment, they had to move to a new space of some 23.000sqf, always in the premises of Boulder, in Louisville Colorado.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: 2017 – You were great

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , |

The stars of this week’s Picture Sunday are the nine most liked pictures on our Instagram account. The best of 2017 !

Top Left to Down right

Fiio surely still is popular. In this picture you can find the Fiio X5iii and the latest edition of their Fiio A5 portable amplifier. I very rarely use this combination but it looks like I should use it more.

The second picture again is the Fiio X5.3 with the lovely VU meters showing.… Read the full article

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Over-Ear Open Wall of Fame Adjustments

By | December 30th, 2017|Categories: Innerfidelity|

After recovering from a Christmas day celebration that had way more ‘party’ in it than ought be, I spent a few days listening to the headphones on the Wall of Fame Over-ear Open page with an ear out for readjustments. Basically, the Focal Clear has reset the bar. From now on I expect tonal balance from a $1000+ headphone. If it doesn’t have it, it ain’t going up on the WoF anymore. Here’s what I done did and why.

Stax SR-009
In the end, this headphone is just too forward for me, and given the Sonoma Model One and its terrific tonal balance I reckon it was time to tell Stax they need to bring a little more warmth.… Read the full article

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Soul Note CD player offers value for money

By | December 30th, 2017|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , |

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Are there still audiophiles looking around for a CD player in today’s world of streaming audio? I think so.

 

Many people still have hundreds of CDs in their collections and they have not ripped all of them and stored into hard disks or thumb drives. Many people still prefer listening to CDs and the fact is that many CD players bought years ago are beginning to break down – the tray is stuck or the CD cannot be read because the laser does not work anymore.… Read the full article

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