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Rupert Neve Designs, from the world’s finest recording consoles right to your headphones | AXPONA 2019

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

AXPONA 2019 Rupert Neve

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

CHICAGO (PTA) — If it is true that we were all created in God’s image, some of us inherited more godlike ability than others. In terms of the ability to work miracles in the arena of audio engineering, many would argue that people like Rupert Neve were blessed well beyond that which mere mortals are typically endowed.

AXPONA 2019 Rupert Neve

If you are not familiar with Rupert Neve Designs, or the Neve Console, let me quickly fill you in.… Read the full article

The Meaning of Analog

By | April 13th, 2019|Categories: Oswalds Mill Audio|Tags: , , , , , |

I recently spent a Sunday afternoon attending a seminar on the “Chemistry of Wine for Professionals”. I’m not a wine professional, nor did I much like chemistry in school, and it turned out to be a very technical afternoon indeed. I found myself wondering what I was doing there. But some of the subjects, like how and why we perceive a wine to taste “mineral” seemed very interesting. The gentlemen sitting next to me, who was very much a wine professional, at one point asked me why I had come?… Read the full article

Clearaudio Innovation Basic Turntable | Review

By | March 31st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

For us analogoholics, you can never have enough LPs or turntables to play them on! For the last few years, I have been blessed with the company of an AMG Viella V12 turntable. It’s big, its fast, and generates  a sound that I have not been able to surpass with any digital setup to date. To change things up, I decided to put it on ice for a couple of months and listen to something smaller and simpler to see how it could fit the bill.… Read the full article

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Dan D’Agostino announces the New Momentum HD Preamplifier

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

This week, D’Agostino announced updates to the Momentum Pre-Amplifier. Some of these changes build on improvements first employed in the Momentum M400 Amplifier.

The updated Momentum HD Pre-Amplifier will include a 33% larger power transformer, a new discrete differential input stage, a new output stage that produces 36% more voltage, more precise control circuitry, and a Bluetooth remote control.

Like past offerings from D’Agostino, current customers can upgrade their existing Momentum Pre-Amplifier to the updated Momentum HD Pre-Amplifier for $7500 USD protecting existing customers and re-sale value.… Read the full article

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Review: Codia LP Stabilizers – Ebony 300g and 600g

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Codia LP Stabilizer Ebony 600
Codia Acoustic Design LP Stabilizers
Ebony 300 & Ebony 600

by Steve Graham

Let me poke the hornet’s nest once again with my contention that money would be better spent on music, be it recordings or concerts, than Hi-Fi equipment.  Does that mean I think the Codia LP Stabilizers aren’t effective?  No, it doesn’t.  They definitely have, in my estimation and in my system, a positive effect on the sound of reproduced music.  Does this mean I follow my own advice? … Read the full article

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DIY All-Tube Phono Project Wrapup: Feedback from our patron Adrian

By | January 19th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , |

By Steve Graham

The Tubecad Tetra DIY phono stage finds a home.

Steve,

Just a quick update.  I’m really pleased with the phono stage!  It has exceeded my expectations.  I have had the chance to listen to it for a few days.  Tonality and dynamics are excellent with the detail I like. Soundstage is wide and deep. In a word, the sound is ‘big’.  It certainly has the tube ‘naturalness’ I love. It is the best phono stage I have had the pleasure of hearing in any of my systems.  Read the full article

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Digital Music Player Reviews: Part 2, The Lumin D1, Plus….Umm, Bonus Content!

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Digital Music Player Reviews: Part 2, plus….

Another installment in the C/H/E series, a My Audio Life special and my wife gets her first stereo system in over fourty years.

The Lumin D1

As already mentioned in my Holiday gift guide, the Lumin D1 digital music player is not a current product.  So why review it, you ask?  Well…..this isn’t a review, exactly.  Stay with me and I’ll get to it in due course.

My Audio Life: Season Finale

‘What ifs?’ are one of the things most people like to mentally tease themselves with, on occasion. Read the full article

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Thales Simplicity II Tonearm Review

By | December 16th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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On March 27th, 1983, the New York Times published an article titled “Sound; Tonearms: Is Linear Better?”. The article read like a technical paper, more sophisticated than some of today’s articles found in Audiophile magazines. Without too much introduction, the article jumped right into contrasting the pros and cons between tangential versus pivoted tonearms as if it was normal kitchen table talk. But when Sony released the first commercial CD player in 1982, the sale of turntable equipment dwindled in popularity together with vinyl, and the article was the last time mainstream media provided technical coverage on turntable technology.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: The Conion C-100F Boombox Rocks the Washington D.C. Hilton Lobby

By | November 30th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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(pictured behind) Gary Gill – principle face, personality, and show-runner of Capital Audiofest

The Conion C-100F is a Japanese made Stereo 4-band FM/AM Tuner, Double Cassette Recorder Boombox. At nearly 30” wide, 16” tall, 8” deep and weighing 22lbs, this is a boombox of gargantuan size, with booming sonics, and dripping with deliciously gaudy ‘80s swag.

Produced in the early 1980’s by a sub-company of the Coney Onkyo Corporation of Japan, the C-100F has been seen on (or in) everything from album covers, to music videos, and more recently — clothing.… Read the full article

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DIY Tube Phono Project Part 5: Circuit Board – Chassis Integration

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

The finished WOS – Tubecad Tetra Phono Project…..and friends

DIY All-Tube Phono Preamp Project

Part 5, Circuit Board–Chassis Integration

The Finish Line

By Steve Graham

This is it. We wrap it all up here. I hope I’ve enticed a few people to give this project a try. Yes, there have been many long attachments detailing the build procedure, but it’s the pictures that take up a lot of space. If you tackle this project, just take it step by step. Scrolling down to the attachment links below will get you to the finish line.… Read the full article

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