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Common Wave Hi-Fi, Harbeth, Nagra, Pear Audio Blue, Shunyata Research, NAD, TonTräger – T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Common Wave Hi-Fi, Harbeth, Nagra, Pear Audio Blue, Shunyata Research, NAD, TonTräger at T.H.E. SHOW 2019

Common Wave Hi-Fi is a unique venture in that it is both an audio showroom and social listening space. Located in downtown L.A., Common Wave also dedicated a portion of its space to function as a record shop along with holding events monthly music events and movie nights. It’s all about reaching out to the larger community interests, while including hi-fi into the mix. With forty-four true hi-fi brands in their stable of product lines, I doubt Common Wave will have many problems pairing each new customer with the perfect system that fits their current needs.… Read the full article

A New Electrostat Enters The Field Courtesy of Kaldas Research – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Kaldas Research is a private research and development company based in Mumbai, India. It was founded by Amukar Chandan, who himself is an avid headphone enthusiast. Using the talent, resources, and passion of the R&D company, Amukar was able to realize his life-long dream of designing and building a headphone system.

The RR1 Conquest from Kaldas Research is an electrostatic design that utilizes both and oval shape for the ear-cups and drivers (70mmx80mm), and designed to work with Stax bias voltage amplifiers (580V).… Read the full article

Jomo Audio Launches New Gaming UIEM – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Jomo Audio

A headphone which launched in Hong Kong a little over two months ago, Jomo Audio’s new UIEM Game Raider (estimated near $500 USD) is the world’s first (U)IEM made specifically for the mobile gaming and console E-Sports market. The Game Raider UIEM is designed around a “large” balanced armature driver, mated to a 10mm dynamic driver, and featuring a 3D-printed acoustical structure inside.

One might ask… why? And the answer is actually quite intuitive. Professional gaming can go on for hours at a time, pushing the tension of competition to its highest tolerances of both physical and emotional limits.  … Read the full article

Setup Day – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , |

The Irvine Marriot has a good setup for a headphone show. A large open convention space surrounded by an old western wagon circle of smaller, private listening rooms makes for a good defense against any bright, sunny Los Angeles days.

Sunny days in LA are easy to come by however, and large collections of headphone demos are not. Ripe with product releases deep into personal audio, CanJam SoCal 2019 fires up this weekend with a fervor. Setup day differs slightly from your run-of-the-mill two channel show as operational hours grace only Saturday and Sunday for the event.… Read the full article

Day Two Highlights, CanJam SoCal | CANJAM 2019

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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LOS ANGELES (PTA) — This year’s CanJam SoCal 2019 is bigger, better, and already on track to be the most newsworthy yet. There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at the Marriott Irvine — okay, okay — maybe not a million brands exactly, but the 100+ brands that are have brought their A-game. CanJam SoCal 2019 feels every bit like the headphone heaven of sunny California. Lots of exciting product debuts are taking place at this year’s ‘Jam, and we at Part-Time Audiophile are committed to bringing you the most comprehensive highlights of what’s NEW and out-of-this-world in the exciting headphone universe.… Read the full article

Day One Highlights, CanJam SoCal | CANJAM 2019

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

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LOS ANGELES (PTA) — This year’s CanJam SoCal 2019 is bigger, better, and already on track to be the most newsworthy yet. There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at the Marriott Irvine — okay, okay — maybe not a million brands exactly, but the 100+ brands that are have brought their A-game. CanJam SoCal 2019 feels every bit like the headphone heaven of sunny California. Lots of exciting product debuts are taking place at this year’s ‘Jam, and we at Part-Time Audiophile are committed to bringing you the most comprehensive highlights of what’s NEW and out-of-this-world in the exciting headphone universe.… Read the full article

Studio Electric Unveils The F2 Floorstander

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Studio Electric F2 Floorstander Feet

It has been a while since Studio Electric loudspeakers popped up on our radar. Our last piece of coverage on designer Dave Macpherson outside of his collaborations with Benchmark Media was way back at an after hours listening session from RMAF 2015.

Dave is still running the game in different capacities. One that found its way into my press-release loaded email box this week is regarding a new floor standing speaker appropriately called the Studio Electric F2 ($6.9k-$8.4k, depending on finish).… Read the full article

A Four-Way Schiit Shootout – Freya S/+ Vs. Saga S/+

By | June 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Freya + vs Freya S vs Saga S vs Saga +

So what’s the difference between Schiit’s new pre amplifiers?

It’s not often enough that I get the chance to participate in blind auditions of hifi gear. So when the invitation came across my desk to check out the 4 new pre amps from Schiit audio in a real life mano-a-mano duke out, I had to attend. 

For those not familiar, Schiit recently released four new 2-channel pre amps broken out along a few simple feature sets to replace the current tube-only models.… Read the full article

CanJam SoCal PREVIEW | CANJAM 2019

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

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LOS ANGELES (PTA) — While the rest of the Part-Time Audiophile team are packing their bags for summer vacations, it will be our own Brian Hunter (of AudioHead), and myself (Eric Franklin Shook™) attending the CanJam SoCal 2019 located specifically in sunny Irvine, California. This will be the first year for CanJam SoCal to exhibit in the newly remodeled Irvine Marriott location. The show for 2019 is bigger and better this year with 100+ brands spread across over 25,000+ sq ft.

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Sunny Components, Technics, EgglestonWorks, Bryston, Audience – T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Technics SL1200G

The big news in the Sunny Components room was the NEW super high-end looking, and yet super value priced EgglestonWorks Emma Evolution towers, and Nico Evo monitors being driven by Bryston electronics. While during my time in the room, the Nico Evo was only on passive display, I’ve been assured that they too made their way into the system.

It was the new Emma Evolution ($5,500 pr USD) tower loudspeakers that were stealing the show. Both the Emma and Nico are remakes or reimaginings of previous loudspeakers offered by EgglesonWorks.… Read the full article