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Pure Audio Project, Pass Labs, Luminous Audio Technology | New York 2019

By | November 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

As an owner of open baffle speakers, I must compliment Pure Audio Project (PAP) on their modular / flat-pack shipping business model.  They have overcome most of the major obstacles to marketing such speakers, including the SAF (spousal approval factor).  I have heard several iterations of their speakers at previous shows and have always been favorably impressed.  At this show, they had the  TRIO15 CLASSIC, which is the same as the Trio15 modular loudspeaker, but is a fully assembled version (i.e., not a flatpack kit) with a tastefully designed grill cloth (the raw driver look is often off-putting to those sensitive to home decor/aesthetics).  

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Laufer Teknik, Absolare, Echole | New York 2019

By | November 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

Sam Laufer was still trying to get everything working together when I entered his room. The gentleman on the left in the photo was Edgar Choueiri, professor of Physics at Princeton University.

On short notice, he brought his DSP crosstalk cancellation device.   It’s called a BACCH™ 3D Sound.  Contacting Sam after the show (he lives in Connecticut and I know him), he said that he put in the BACCH™ 3D Sound device two hours or so on Friday, but I missed that.… Read the full article

Bache Audio, Alexus Audio | New York 2019

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

The Russian-born tag team of Alex Chorine (Alexus Audio) and Greg Belman  (Bache Audio) were paired up again to put together a no-nonsense system that they seem to do reliably at every show.  I have always lusted after the Brinkmann Sinus turntable they bring to shows.

Alex supplied the electronics:  Multi Standard Phono Stage ($11,995),  Perfect Line Stage V2.0 ($13,995), 845SE Amp ($24,995).  For digital sources, Greg supplied a Cocktail Audio X50 server connected to a PS Audio Direct Stream DAC. 

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Tweak Studio, T+A Electroakustik, Channel D | New York 2019

By | November 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

I was surprised to see a new production Sota Saphire turntable ($3,600) as the main source in this room, not having seen a Sota turntable at a show in many years.  Mounted on it was an Origin Live Enterprise tonearm ($6,020) and a Dynavector DRT XV-1S MC phono cartridge ($5,650).  At ten times the price of the Sota turntable, the formidable T+A SDV3100HV preamp/DAC served line stage duties for signals delivered from the Channel D Lino C 2.0 phono stage ($2,499). 

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Adirondack Audio, HiFi Loft with Luxman, Triangle Acoustics, Nordost | New York 2019

By | November 17th, 2019|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

This room was getting pretty crowded and when we entered the room, we were temporarily stuck in the narrow entryway hall.  We were hammered with bass, which was probably being amplified by the Helmholtz resonance of that space.

Fortunately, when I was able to take a seat in the listening area, the bass dropped to a more proper level.  What was cool about this room was that Luxman was attempting to show a similar line of components to what they showed at their debut at the New York Audio Show 43 years ago!

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Voxativ Acoustic Technologies | New York 2019

By | November 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

Always a favorite of mine, Voxativ was taking a slightly different tack at this show, exhibiting what must be considered as an affordable taste of the high purity, single driver technology championed by them.  Coming in at $8,600 for the entire system, it included the Hagen stand-mounted speaker with a single, rear horn-loaded driver (with whizzer cone tweeter) that is custom made with Japanese Washi paper.  Additional frequency response tailoring is done with DSP onboard the D.a.s. Absolut Box, which also contains an integrated amp (30 wpc) and WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity.

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Vinnie Rossi, Well-Pleased Audio Vida, Triode Wire Labs | New York 2019

By | November 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Moving to the top floor of the show, a number of the rooms were still not open for the early press opening time of 11:00 am.  Vinnie Rossi was open for business and had a somewhat larger room than what seemed to be the standard size.  He was using it to great benefit featuring his L2 “Signature Edition” integrated amplifier ($18,995) with the highly-regarded Takatsuki 300B tubes in the line stage and 100 wpc into 8 ohms from the class AB mosfet output stage. 

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ESD Acoustics | New York 2019

By | November 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

The opening day (Friday) of the New York Audio Show 2019 looked to be a tough travel day with snow and unseasonably cold temperatures in the forecast.  Thankfully, the snow never materialized, and my fellow Connecticut Audio Society buddies and I arrived in fine fettle.

With only twenty-four rooms to cover, we languished longer than normal in many rooms and I found myself still having missed a few rooms at the end of the day.  However, being a team of one from Part-Time Audiophile, I never intended to report on each and every room.

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Heather Woods Broderick, Invitation | Review

By | October 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

Heather Woods Broderick, Invitation

Following Heather Woods Broderick

I first encountered Heather Woods Broderick on the Broderick and Broderick 10″ EP in 2013. When I heard her harmonize with herself on the second verse of “Let Me Love You for Free” — accompanied by her brother, Peter, and their father — I immediately became a fan.

I remain so.

Broderick’s From the Ground, released in 2009, is one of my all-time favorite albums. Years after I first heard it, it still has that increasingly rare quality of sounding as though it could have been released yesterday, or 10 years ago, or in the seventies.… Read the full article

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Süddeutschen HiFi-Tage | Stuttgart 2019

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Lukasz Fikus at Stuttgart 2019

Lukasz Fikus of LampizatOr sent in this black-and-white photo journal of his time at the South German HiFi Days 2019 in Stuttgart.

His vote for best-in-show? “Avantgarde, hands-down.”


And don’t forget to explore our Munich 2019 Show Coverage!

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Avantgarde at Stuttgart 2019

Avantgarde wins “Best In Show”, Stuttgart 2019

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