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mbl Loudspeakers and Memory Lane | T.H.E. Show 2019

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Walking into the mbl loudspeakers room at T.H.E. Show 2019 did bring back a lot of memories, back to the days when I first started exhibiting at high-end audio shows with Colleen Cardas for our erstwhile distribution company, CCI. We’d always find a reason to sneak away from our room so we could visit Jeremy Bryan, the president of mbl North America, and listen to one of his awesome systems. We always envied Jeremy–mbl gave him a large enough show budget to do justice to these extraordinary German products.… Read the full article

Luca di Luzio, Globetrotter | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

There’s a common theme among the last few jazz reviews I’ve written, and that’s geography–Peter Lin‘s Taiwan, Tuomo Uusitalo’s Finland, Marton Juhasz’s Hungary and Aikra Tana’s Japan. Guitarist Luca di Luzio isn’t shy about discussing the relationship between jazz and other parts of the world in his aptly named new album Globetrotter. Each of his original compositions pay tribute to his travels around the world as a jazz musician, and how he was influenced by particular musicians as well as events.… Read the full article

PBN Audio Does It All | T.H.E. Show 2019

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

I’ve known Peter Noerbaek of PBN Audio forever–he’s one of those guys I see at audio shows and I always find time to stop and talk to him because we’re both vinyl guys, and I love the approach he takes with his turntable design. For me, PBN Audio has always been about those gorgeous bespoke turntable projects, often built upon the ashes of an older ‘table such as the finer vintage direct-drive designs from Denon. I’m also familiar with PBN Montana speakers, which are usually magnificent towers that are so large you and three of your audiophile buddies can have a tea party in them.… Read the full article

A Reunion with Gene Rubin | T.H.E. Show 2019

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

If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, especially the original Vinyl Anachronist column for Perfect Sound Forever, you probably know of my fondness for Gene Rubin of Gene Rubin Audio in Ventura, California. I’m generally not a person who can cite my mentors and heroes over the course of my life, but if I did have a mentor in the world of audio it would be Gene. When I first met him, back in 1991, I was making the transition from mid-fi components to high-end audio, and Gene gave me solid advice and soon became my audio dealer of choice.… 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

Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable | Review

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

Wow! What is it about Italian audio gear? I have been recently blessed with a veritable feast for both the eyes and the ears …. Right at the tail-end of my time with the lovely Sonus Faber Sonetto II speakers, this lovely morsel shows up: the Gold Note Mediterraneo turntable (website) fitted out with the company’s B7 ceramic tonearm. Just like Sonus Faber speakers, this ‘table reeks of classic European style and panache; it’s a visual work of art and thing of beauty.… Read the full article

PranaFidelity, Helius, E.A.R., Furutech | T.H.E. Show 2019

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

In the upcoming Summer Issue of The Occasional, I talk about all of the fantastic brands I’ve discovered over the last year or so, pretty much since I’ve joined the Part-Time Audiophile team. PranaFidelity is another one of those brands, a manufacturer that’s out there creating a buzz about their products despite my relative ignorance. At T.H.E. Show 2019 I was finally able to familiarize myself with this Denver-based company and its kind and thoughtful owner, Steven Norber, and I had that slightly obtuse feeling of someone who has just discovered something that everyone else already knows.… Read the full article

Vertere, Wilson, GoldNote, Rutherford | T.H.E. Show 2019

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

If you’re waiting for my Sunday’s Highlight post for T.H.E. Show 2019 to follow up Friday and Saturday, there isn’t one. You probably haven’t noticed yet, but Eric Franklin Shook and I took on the daunting task of covering an entire high-end audio show between the two of us. Every. Single. Room. I think we did it, but not at the cost of quality over quantity. That means we were up to our necks in audio on Sunday, and the next two days of my life were spent relaxing and having a great time in Los Angeles with good friends and decompressing.… 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

Von Schweikert Audio, Esoteric, MasterBuilt | T.H.E. Show 2019

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

You should have heard the rumors flying around T.H.E. Show 2019 about VAC and Von Schweikert Audio. What, they’re not showing together? Did something happen between these two brands? Was there a falling out? Audiophiles have been treated to the synergy between these two brands at high-end audio shows over the last year or so, and there was an obvious reason why they’ve been snagging Best Sound at Show Awards the entire time. Every time I visit their rooms, I have to give them such accolades since they’ve obviously perfected the art of doing those Big, Big Rooms.… Read the full article