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Spatial Audio debuts M3 Sapphire, alongside Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, Innuos, and Anticables – CAF 2019

By | November 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Spatial Audio debuts M3 Sapphire, alongside Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, Innuos, and Anticables - CAF 2019.

I always have an agenda. It’s true. I follow the rules set by Alec Baldwin — ABC: Always Be Closing. I don’t think I’m rare for this, but rare in that I’m open about my want to convince people, test my ideas, and get people thinking or second guessing themselves.

One of our new writers — Dave McNair — at Part-Time Audiophile was shadowing me for a few hours at Capital Audiofest, but had prior professed his lack of excitement for or belief in open-baffle loudspeakers.… Read the full article

Daedalus Audio, Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, VPI, Soundsmith, & WyWires – CAF 2019

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Daedalus Audio, Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, VPI, Soundsmith, & WyWires - CAF 2019

Capital Audiofest 2019 was different than all others that came before it for many reasons. For one, it was a much larger show due to spill over from exhibitors who eschewed RMAF 2019, in lieu for the more affordable CAF 2019.

Another reason would be an addition to my personal entourage of not one, but two new writers who would be shadowing me for a portion of the show, while I simultaneously record my show coverage.

Dave McNair and Nan Pincus will be joining our writing staff for Part-Time Audiophile, and may from time to time, make guest appearances here at Audio-Head.… Read the full article

Spatial Audio, LTA, LampizatOr, Anticables | CAF 2019

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I tend to search out the Spatial Audio rooms at high-end audio shows such as the 2019 Capital Audiofest–they usually pair with Linear Tube Audio, one of my favorite amplifier manufacturers, and they always achieve an unusually tactic, enveloping sound that I find seductive. (In particular, I think the open-baffle Spatial Audio loudspeakers are one of the best pure transducers for the human voice, hence their slogan “Return to Purity.”) The Spatial Audio room was very similar to the rooms I’ve heard in the past, with Anticables, an LTA Z10 Integrated and a LampizatOr Amber 3 DAC.… Read the full article

Daedalus Audio, LTA, LampizatOr, WyWires, VPI, Soundsmith | CAF 2019

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part-Time Audiophile has been covering Daedalus Audio high-efficiency loudspeakers for years, but I’ve only listened to them once before–at last year’s Capital Audiofest. The Daedalus Audio room was the very first room I covered at this year’s CAF, and for no particular reason other than the beautiful acoustic guitar sound from within the room. (It was Ry Cooder’s Paradise and Lunch, which I instantly recognized.) The show had just opened, I was still waiting for the coffee to kick in, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to ease myself into the show with a quiet, reflective system.… Read the full article

Spatial M3 Sapphire Loudspeakers, Linear Tube Audio Z10 Integrated Amplifier, Lampizator Amber 3 DAC, Anticables

By | November 4th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

My three-day reconnaissance suggests that Mark Schneider and his company, Linear Tube Audio, scored big at CAF, downstairs in the Headphone Lounge and with a room I and many showgoers thought was a candidate for Best Sound at Show.

Several times during the weekend, in other rooms, a person sitting next to me asked, “So Herb, what’s the best thing you’ve heard so far?” I always replied, “You tell me first: What was your favorite?” Every time, they said, “The room with the Spatial M3 Sapphire loudspeakers.” I always said, “that room was my favorite too.… Read the full article

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LampizatOr Amber III Hi-Res DAC

By | October 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Review By Dave Hanson

With this article, Positive Feedback continues its content-sharing relationship with Enjoy the Music. Dave Hanson shares his thoughts about the LampizatOr Amber III Hi-Res DAC. Read, and learn….

Dr. David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief

World Premiere Review! Fall in love with your music all over again.

It’s one thing to create a component that listeners can appreciate. It’s quite another to create a component that makes listeners appreciate their music even more. For me, the LampizatOr Amber III digital to analog converter ($2750 on up depending on options) falls into the latter category, quite decisively, in fact.… Read the full article

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LampizatOr DAC Distributor brings AudioNec to North America

By | August 31st, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

The North American distributors for LampizatOr DACs/servers and Final Touch Audio products – Destination Sound Group (DSG) – has announced it is bringing in the AudioNec loudspeaker line from France.

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Brief First Impressions from an Editor's Notebook: The LampizatOr Pacific DAC

By | July 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 05/16/2019

LOUDSPEAKERS

Evolution Acoustics Micro One Monitors.

(A new loudspeaker setup will be installed in the near future.)

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The Audionet PRE G2 Preamp.

ELECTRONICS

The PASS Labs Xs 150 Monoblock Amps and Power Supplies on Critical Mass Systems QXK Amp Stands

Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblock amplifiers; PASS Labs Xs Reference Phono Amp, Xs Reference Preamp, and Xs 150 Reference Monoblock Amps; Accustic Arts (components to be detailed); Audionet Pre G2 reference preamplifier, Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers, Audionet Pam G2 reference phono preamplifier with EPX power supply, darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier; Walker Audio Procession Reference Phono Amplifier (updated 2015).… Read the full article

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LampizatOr Pacific Balanced DAC review

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

The ability to present the 3D-image of a recorded vocalist like Frank Sinatra in a startlingly realistic spatial and timbral manner was one of many initial sonic impressions of the LampizatOr Pacific Balanced DAC that, like harshly-lit craters on the lunar surface when viewed at night from Earth, stood out in bold relief to me compared to other DACs I am familiar with.

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Lampizator meets AudioNec | High End 2019

By | May 27th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

Lukasz Fikus of Lampizator listened to the big AudioNec Diva XL speakers and fell in love with them, so for this year’s show, it made sense to show up with AudioNec.

AudioNec’s Francis Chaillet and Herve’ Brasebin brought their new line of speakers to the show, the EVO, and being more precise, the smallest of the lot, the EVO 1.

This is a modular design, with the “Duopol DS” full range driver that acts as tweeter and midrange is a very interesting and almost revolutionary design.

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