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Picture Sunday: Burson Fun and Bang

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this Sunday’s post we’re looking at the Burson Fun and Bang units. Part of the new Burson product line.

Disclaimer: This is a Picture Sunday post where we take a quick preview of various gear before their full review. You can take a look at our other Picture Sunday posts HERE. Burson Fun and Bang serve three amplification purposes: headphones, pre-amp, and loudspeakers. For more about Burson’s BFP series, check below:

Burson Bang
Burson Fun
Burson Play

Typically it takes a Doom Guy to wield a BFG.… Read the full article

Aqua Acoustic Quality La Voce S3 Discrete DAC review

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

Sub·lim·i·nal – /səbˈlimənl/ Adjective (of a stimulus or mental process) below the threshold of sensation or consciousness; perceived by or affecting someone’s mind without their being aware of it. This is the definition of subliminal courtesy of Google’s online dictionary and is an apt descriptor for how the Aqua Acoustic Quality La Voce S3 Discrete DAC ($4,750 USD MSRP) ingratiated its way into my mind as I spent extended listening sessions with it over the past couple months.

Issac Hayes, Shaft

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Issac Hayes Shaft


Global Appreciation: 9.5
– Music: A
– Recording: 9.5
– Mastering: 9.5 – Lacquer Cutting: 9.5
– Pressing: 9.5
– Packaging: fairly good gatefold + poly-lined paper inner sleaves

Category: Memphis soul, funk, protodisco, soul-jazz, Blaxploitation soundtrack style. Format: Vinyl (2x 130 to 150 gram approx. LPs at 33 1/3 rpm)


  • Composed and Produced by Isaac Hayes
  • Arranged by Johnny Allen and Isaac Hayes
  • Piano, Vibraphone, Organ, Electric Piano: Isaac Hayes
  • Bass: Ronald Hudson (on track 5)
  • Bass Guitar: James Alexander
  • Bongos, Congas: Gary Jones
  • Drums, Tambourine: Willie Hall
  • Electric Piano: Lester Snell
  • Lead Guitar: Charles Pitts
  • Rhythm Guitar: Michael Toles
  • Piano: Sidney Kirk (track: A5)
  • Rhythm Section: The Bar-Kays, The Movement
  • Strings, Horns: The Memphis Strings & Horns
  • Lead Trumpet: Richard “Johnny” Davis
  • Flute: John Fonville
  • Engineered by Bobby Manuel, Dave Purple, Henry Bush, and William Brown
  • Remixed by Dave Purple and Ron Capone
  • Recorded at Stax Recording Studios, Memphis Tennessee, USA, 1971
  • Lacquers cut and pressed by Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft in Germany
  • Art Direction: The Graffiteria
  • Cover, Design by Tony Seiniger
  • Creative Director: Larry Shaw

Enterprise – ENS-2-5002, Stax – 2628 001 (Ger.) (1971, Aug.)

“You see this cat Shaft is a bad mother shut your mouth But I’m talking about Shaft, Can ya dig it?”

By age ten, I was madly in love with music, listening to the burgeoning sounds of disco and pop playing on the AM dial, but it was only a couple years later visiting relatives, that I discovered the “Theme from Shaft” taken from a compilation album from my cousin’s collection.… Read the full article

dCS Network Bridge and Vivaldi DAC receive MQA and juice my streaming

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ever since I reviewed the dCS Network Bridge a year ago,  I’ve been enjoying a lot more digital music. YES, I still prefer dropping the needle but the convenience of a dCS Network Bridge + dCS Vivaldi DAC + ROON is tough to beat.

I find myself re-discovering CDs I ripped years ago, but more often on the hunt for more high resolution music.  Its been a bit of a disease, each Friday around 4pm, heading over to to look for what new music was released that week. … Read the full article

Auris Audio Fortissimo Integrated Amplifier Review

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Auris Audio (website) is a somewhat new addition to the rich high-end audio tradition of the central European country of Serbia.

If that strikes you as odd, let me assure you that yes, they’ve got a robust market for high-end audio manufacturing there! There are some wonderful and well-established companies from that part of the world doing some truly amazing things in the High-End corner of our hobby. A couple of the of better-known ones immediately come to mind.… Read the full article

Letters to the editor: KEF LSX, Mac Mini & music

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

“John — watching your LSX video, I had a eureka moment!  Some background, very briefly…  For years, I’ve been frustrated about the lack of Roon connectivity for the Naim Mu-so, which I use as a second sound system outside of my main lounge area.  Watching this video, I realized that I can use the same Chromecast hack with the Mu-so, which has both the optical in and the charging port!  

There has been lots of forum chatter about the lack of Roon on the Mu-so line, so maybe other readers will benefit from this insight. Read the full article

Perfect Hi-Fi’s new showroom launched in grand ceremony

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Andy Tan and his parktners cutting the ribbon to officially open the new showroom.
Andy Tan and his partners cutting the ribbon to officially open the new showroom.


By Lam Seng Fatt


The IOI Mall in Puchong resounded with the thundering beat of drums and the clanging of cymbals as two lions danced to usher in abundant business and lots of prosperity to Perfect Hi-Fi’s new showroom on the second floor this morning.


Andy Tan, one of the owners of Perfect Hi-Fi, held the opening ceremony in style and tradition as guests which included audiophiles and other dealers and distributors in the Malaysian AV industry watched on.… Read the full article

Capital Audiofest: Hitting the Ground Running

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

By the time I arrived in Rockville, MD—a personal commitment kept me away until around 2:00pm on Friday— Capital Audiofest 2018 was already in full swing, with brisk traffic in the halls of the Rockville Hilton, and standing room only in some of the exhibits.

My first stop was the room sponsored by a new loudspeaker manufacturer called IMC Audio. Designed by Paul Paddock and manufactured in North Wales, PA, the IMC Forty-10 ($21,000/pair factory-direct is the projected price) uses an array of “bending-wave” (as opposed to cone-and-dome) dynamic drivers to handle frequencies between 100Hz and 20kHz, while tones below 100Hz are reproduced by an open-baffle woofer.… Read the full article

PSB’s New SubSeries 250 and 350 Subwoofers Bring The Bass In Style

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

PSB’s entry-level Alpha B1 bookshelf speaker ($300/pair) was long considered the champion of affordable sound quality, and over the years I recommended it to a number of friends who were looking for the best bang for their buck. Now hoping to become a go-to brand for reasonably priced subwoofers, the Canadian loudspeaker manufacturer has introduced two new subs claiming to offer “outstanding performance and value.” At the recent 2018 CEDIA Expo in San Diego, PSB showed off the SubSeries 250 ($699) and the SubSeries 350 ($999), both sealed designs built into compact, cube-shaped cabinets with curved edges and a glossy black finish.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Must See Rooms, Friday

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at Capital Audiofest … okay, okay, — I don’t know how many brands exactly, but it does seem like a lot this year. Which makes 2018’s event feel every bit like the “premier show of North America’s eastern coast”, that we often claim it to be. Fear not, as the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are here to be your surrogate audio show guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started off on the right foot.Read the full article