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Capital Audiofest, Countdown to Showtime! | CAF 2019

By | October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

WASHINGTON, DC (PTA) — Updates continue to roll in. Each one highlighting the “what’s going down” at this years Capital Audiofest 2019. Along with the largest ever 80+ exhibit rooms, Capital Audiofest looks to bring even more live entertainment, social events, and educational seminars. Below is a rundown we received of what to expect at this year’s Capital Audiofest.

As we approach the close of the year, it feels much like “audio show season” has come to its finale. The season coming to its climax with what may be a banner year for Capital Audiofest as CAF 2019 exhibitor participation reaches a new maximum.… Read the full article

Audio Advice, Music Matters 2019 | The Millennial Audiophile

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

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RALEIGH, NC (PTA) — You might expect one of the nations most innovative and successful high-end audio dealers to be located in the likes of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles — but Raleigh, North Carolina?

Once I began “working” for Part-Time Audiophile and traveling the American audio show circus circuit, I found myself in many conversations that went like this…

Audio Industry Maven: “Where are you from?”
Me: “I’m from North Carolina, just outside the Raleigh area.”
Audio Industry Maven: “Oh, you’re lucky to have Audio Advice in your backyard.”
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Capital Audiofest PREVIEW | CAF 2019

By | October 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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WASHINGTON, DC (PTA) — As we approach the close of the year, it feels much like “audio show season” has come to its finale. The season coming to its climax with what may be a banner year for Capital Audiofest as CAF 2019 exhibitor participation reaches a new maximum. This year’s Capital Audiofest is on track to be the largest yet, with almost 250 brands already scheduled to show, and the event is still almost a month away.

As usual, the Part-Time Audiophile Dream Team will be in attendance to deliver our world-renowned and comprehensive exhibit coverage.… Read the full article

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The Spirit of a Hi-fi Show as told by a Millennial | RMAF 2019

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

A young audiophile’s cross-country-journey to Rocky Mountain Audio Fest — words and photography by Marc Boyle.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

So like, the strangest thing happened to me the other day. My phone was making a weird noise, almost as if someone was calling me. For those of you who are unaware, this is a rare occasion. People my age love to text, come up with hashtags, send memes, and do everything else other than what a phone was originally designed to do.… Read the full article

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Eric’s Best-of-Show, RMAF Wrap-Up | RMAF 2019

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: Audiohead, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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DENVER (PTA) — All of the media reports I have read indicate that the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest of 2019 was — despite all odds — a smashing success.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

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The time required to visit, listen, and cover (photograph and write about) every room at an audio show does not exist. Though I came close, walking away with 50+ exhibits covered between Part-Time Audiophile and AudioHead in less than a month.… Read the full article

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Audio Envy, possibly the most underrated cable in hi-fi | RMAF 2019

By | September 30th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Audio Envy RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — This all stems from two different audio shows, a summer long conversation about cables, and an A-to-B demonstration that had to be witnessed by myself and a trusted cohort.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

Audio Envy RMAF 2019

It all begins at T.H.E. SHOW 2019 in Long Beach, California where I walked the marketplace floor looking for something to write about. Inspired by the purple-PVC display of Audio Envy cables, I approached Captain Payne (the founder of Audio Envy cables and yes, that’s his real name) and asked him, “What’s new?”

Captain’s answer: “Our innovation, and 350 prototypes.” Which wasn’t a direct answer about what was at the show, but more about what the company is, and who is paying attention.… Read the full article

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Xact Audio, CH Precision, Nordost, Rockport Technologies | RMAF 2019

By | September 30th, 2019|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Xact CH Precision Nordost Rockport RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — This is my first time with a Commonwealth Idler Drive ($19,900 USD) professional turntable. Exactly the story behind it, I don’t know. It’s from Xact Audio of Boise, Idaho and I like it. That’s all that matters. The rest of the system: CH Precision, Nordost, and Rockport Technologies.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

Xact CH Precision Nordost Rockport RMAF 2019

I really wish Marc Phillips was here to experience this CH Precision I1 ($38,000 USD) integrated amplifier, as I think it would be right up his alley, or anyone’s alley for that matter.… Read the full article

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AGD Productions, Sigma Acoustics | RMAF 2019

By | September 30th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

AGD Sigma RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — In one of many dark rooms at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest of 2019, AGD Productions and Sigma Acoustics brought together small-package-power, and big-package-finesse like few others could. Though dark and moody, the exhibit left me illuminated.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

AGD Sigma RMAF 2019

New for AGD Productions is the Adante preamplifier. It’s not just a preamplifier, but a “preamp-phono-dac-streamer”. Using the same footprint of the AGD Vivace monoblocks, the new Andante preamplifier fits in nicely as a do-it-all centerpiece.… Read the full article

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Upscale Audio, PrimaLuna, Pathos, Feliks Audio, Sbooster, Tannoy | RMAF 2019

By | September 29th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Upscale RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — If you haven’t met Kevin Deal (the Tube Guru) of Upscale Audio, and more “recent YouTube fame“, you definitely need to make it to their retail location or at least do a Google search. At this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019, Upscale Audio was hosting a passive display for PrimaLuna, Pathos Acoustics, Feliks Audio, Sbooster, Tannoy, and possibly more.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

Upscale RMAF 2019

Upscale Audio (founded in 1994) was originally known to me first and foremost as the most trustworthy source online (or possibly in retail) for vacuum tubes of all kinds.… Read the full article

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Göbel High End, CH Precision, Kronos Audio, Nordost, Bending Wave USA | RMAF 2019

By | September 29th, 2019|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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DENVER (PTA) — A stunning collection of sounds from US distributor Bending Wave USA. Bathed in shadow Göbel High End loudspeakers cast only a silhouette, CH Precision electronics offer contrast from the dark, Kronos Audio sits atop-it-all, and Nordost in quiet control of the music. In the end, this listening session becomes a double-blind (or just blind test), and I fail miserably.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

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The Göbel High End Divin Noblesse ($220,000 pr USD) are claimed to be “mid-size” loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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