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The AVM Ovation CS 8.2 All in One

By | October 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Some forty or more years ago, the average person who set out to buy a stereo system, typically ended up with a stereo receiver. Things were much simpler then; all you needed was a receiver, a turntable and a pair of speakers. As for ‘audio furniture’, milk crates were the order of the day. A pair of included patch cord interconnects and if you were somewhat sophisticated, a run of heavy gauge lamp cord and you were in business. You didn’t have to give any thought to power cords, because components had captive power cords. 

Of course, there were serious hobbyists who bought separates and had furniture grade cabinets made to house their components and speakers.… Read the full article

Vinyl you may not know that should be in your collection Vol. 2

By | September 28th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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If you visit the top vinyl sales websites such as Elusive Disc and Acoustic Sounds among others, the quality vinyl lists are fairly similar. All the familiar suspects—RCAs, Lyritas, EMIs, Mercurys, Blue Notes, Argos, Deccas—populate the must haves. And many fabulous reissues also are cross referenced (Testament, Speakers Corner, Classic Records, etc). 

I’ve been reviewing lots of cartridges and phono stages lately and have been deep diving into my vinyl collection to add a little spice to the reviewing process. 

I began the subject of this list in Vol 1.… Read the full article

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Shelter 5000 MC Phono Cartridge

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Recently, I had the very good fortune to review the Shelter 501 III MC Phono Cartridge. No sooner than the review was published, a Shelter 5000 MC Phono Cartridge dropped into my lap. For my review of Canadian startup Pure Fidelity’s Eclipse Turntable, the designer John Stratton suggested he setup his Shelter 5000 as it had been so successful during the turntable’s beta testing. I killed two birds with one stone for that review and jotted down some thoughts about the 5000 once I got to know the Eclipse’s sound signature.… Read the full article

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The Audio by Van Alstine Vision SET 400 Amplifier

By | September 14th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Over the years it’s been my good fortune to have reviewed and/or been exposed to many fine power amplifiers. These ranged from solid state Class A, a variety of tube amplifiers, with and without transformers, to the latest solid state Class D designs. I concluded there is no one right way to achieve excellent sound quality. We all hear differently and we all have our individual preferences. So, it can be difficult to review a product that will make an impact on a field of quality products.… Read the full article

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Audiophiles and YouTube

By | September 7th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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The approximately 400,000 people worldwide who call themselves audiophiles are ravenous when digesting information about every facet of our avocation. In the past, other than the original word of mouth, print was the favourite, which became the legacy press, then as the internet overtook all in its path, the computer and mobile phone became the weapons of choice.

One medium on the internet has eluded the audiophile information stream. Video. YouTube, specifically. The same as TV, video brings to it the antithesis of what audiophiles require and are best at.… Read the full article

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My reference system changes—2018 (Anticables, Alta Audio, Sutherland Engineering, Phasemation)

By | September 7th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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2018 was a banner year for my reference system. My Hi-Fi has been a work of passion for 25 years and has gone through a myriad of changes, analogue and digital, tubes and solid state, and everything in between. I demonstrate audio zealotry the same as any other thrill seeking audiophile. It’s been that way for many years—but in 1997, the journey took an upward trajectory with the creation of Audiophilia. 

It took a couple of years and the support of tremendous writers, readers and sponsors, and slowly but surely Audiophilia found its place in the audiophile review pantheon.… Read the full article

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 coming in TWO WEEKS—Denver, CO

By | September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Click on above image or link below for tickets.

Unless knee deep in a surprise Rocky Mountain snowstorm, Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit Denver, CO, one of the coolest, most progressive cities in the USA. It’s a place that reveres craft beer (there’s even a museum in the airport dedicated to the subject), has many fine restaurants, and where you can get high. Legally. 

In addition, the local audiophiles run what has become one of the finest high end audio shows in the world.… Read the full article

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Pure Fidelity Eclipse Turntable

By | August 24th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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If the number of phone calls, emails and texts regarding every aspect of a review, equipment setup, discussion and follow up is the benchmark of meticulousness, then Vancouver’s John Stratton, head of Canadian analogue startup, Pure Fidelity (PF), is the epitome of it. Never have I experienced a fellow so involved in the details of a particular Hi-Fi subject. 

Hey, when you have spent the past few years investing lots of your time and money into perfecting an exacting piece of high end kit, the turntable, you get picky pretty damn quickly.… Read the full article

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My new reference loudspeaker—Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2

By | August 1st, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Several years ago, I experienced Mike Levy’s original loudspeaker design, the FRM-1s, at a well attended CES. The sound was wonderful but the design was hamstrung somewhat, needing four channels of amplification and DEQX room calibration.  Score one for the sound, but zero for the needs of everyday audiophiles. 

For more than a few years after the show, Levy received requests to modify the speaker to a standard two channel amplification design so the beautiful sound could be enjoyed by all. Well, maybe not all, at $15,000 (plus stands), but the thoughts were pure. 

A little history

For context, I’ll quote from Martin Appel’s Audiophilia review of the FRM-2s for the start of the story.… Read the full article

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Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier

By | July 27th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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When Pass Labs comes out with a new piece of gear the audio industry takes notice. Well known for the quality of its products, the longevity of its designs and the seriousness to which it addresses the ever evolving science and art of sound reproduction, the XP-12 Preamplifier arrives. The XP-12 is the replacement for the XP-10, which had been their entry level, reference, one-box line level preamp for nearly a decade. What have they done to improve performance?

The new XP-12 starts with a new power supply.… Read the full article

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