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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

Vinnie Rossi LIO | Review

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

by Steve Folberg

The Vinnie Rossi LIO

I couldn’t be more pleased about once again reviewing an integrated amplifier for Part-Time Audiophile, especially since I’m currently searching for an integrated amp for my own system. If you want to know why I’m set on an integrated rather than separates, my PTA review of the Luxman L-550AX II, a physically gorgeous amplifier that made some impressively beautiful music in my system. I was, in fact, quite reluctant to pack that baby up and ship it back to Luxman USA, if for no other reason (and there were others) than how much I admired its swanky looks and luscious sounding phono stage.… Read the full article

Two Upcoming Tube Fest Articles

By | May 4th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Desire In Glass

Two Upcoming Tube Fests

by Steve Graham

Tube Fest No. 1

A friend and I decided to sell off the majority of our collections of vintage and classic European tubes.  Part of the process was educating our customers about the intertwined and labyrinthian nature of tube production in this golden age of tube making.  It occurred to me that a primer on a pair of the most popular small-signal tubes would be of use.  A soon to be posted article will be an introduction to the minutia of the 6DJ8/ECC88 and 12AX7/ECC83 tubes produced in Europe and Great Britain. … Read the full article

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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

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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

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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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