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DxOMark Audio: Smartphone Testing and Results

By | October 10th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

DxOMark Audio Announcement

Looks like someone is troubling the waters, and Apple is not going to be thrilled about the splash. Nevertheless, DXOMark, the company that has made a name testing the visual capabilities of digital camera gear, has moved to smartphone audio. And yes, there is a preliminary stack-ranking. Say hello to DxOMark Audio.

The testing protocol is remarkably detailed — and dare I say, rigorous — especially given the market segment. The aim, perhaps obviously, is to raise not only awareness of the issue of sound quality on portable devices, but to help (call out?) manufacturers to improve their devices.… Read the full article

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Amazon launches Amazon Music HD lossless streaming service

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

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Have audiophile music streaming platforms given Amazon Music a road-map to improve their #3 position as one of the top three music streaming giants?

RALEIGH, NC (PTA) — Amazon launched a new tier for their popular music streaming platform today, called Amazon Music HD. This new Hi-Res music streaming tier is priced at $12.99 per month USD for Amazon Prime members, and $14.99 for non-Prime members. The new Amazon Music HD tier can be added to an existing Amazon Music subscription (individual or family plan) for an additional $5 per month USD.… Read the full article

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Parasound Now Exclusive US Distributor for NorStone Racks and Speaker Stands

By | August 27th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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SAN FRANCISCO (PTA) — It was AXPONA 2019 where I first encountered NorStone A/V racks and speaker stands. Then it was a budding relationship between NorStone and Parasound as show-partners. As I entered the room the first product I laid eyes on was a NorStone all-steel component rack with red shelves that appeared to glow under the spotlights. Mind you, I was there with much prepared excitement to see the new Parasound NewClassic 200 INT integrated amplifier that was debuting. And would you believe it ended up being the rack that was the the first thing I inquired about?… Read the full article

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Rupert Neve Designs Introduces Fidelice™ Line of High-Fidelity Products

By | July 28th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

LONDON (PTA) — After cultivating an unexpected audiophile following with their RNHP Precision Headphone Amplifier, Rupert Neve Designs further strides to blur the line between pro-audio and audiophile communities by introducing a whole new line of Fidelice™ products aimed directly at the audiophile hobbyist. These include a new DAC, Phono-Pre, and Headphone Amplifier (see photos below).

Wimberley, TX (July 26th, 2019) – New for the summer and shown for the first time at the 2019 CanJam London Show, Rupert Neve Designs is proud to introduce a Fidelice: a new product range for the high-fidelity audio market.

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Merrill Audio introduces 114, new Gallium Nitride amp

By | May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Merrill Audio (website) is bringing the costs down. Way down. I love it when that happens. In this case, we have an (r-)evolutionary advance on Class-D amplifiers, the tech that audiophiles love to hate. Despite the reviews. Despite the evidence of their ears and peers. Doesn’t matter — at least, it hasn’t mattered — because EVERYBODY KNOWS that Class D is [fill in the blank with whatever is bad].

Fine, yes, I’m a tube guy. It’s part of my retro-fetish, something I’d be all-too-happy to discuss over an aged bourbon or a cellared wine.… Read the full article

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McIntosh Announces MPC500 Power Controller

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

McIntosh Labs is unveiling a new power protection unit, the MPC500. Get that expensive A/V gear covered with surge protection and EMI filtering. Availability = soon, pricing is set at $2,500US. Details after the fold.

Press Release

Binghamton, NY – April 3, 2019 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce the MPC500 Power Controller.

Inconsistency in power quality can cause costly damage to electronic devices. Protect that home audio investment with the MPC500 Power Controller.

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SVS Announces Prime Pinnacle Tower Speaker

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

New loudspeakers from SVS — top of the Prime line, the new Pinnacle is available now from $799. Details in the press release, below.

All-new SVS floorstanding speaker features new driver array, trickle down technology from the reference Ultra Series speakers and performance that will delight both discerning audiophiles and home theater fans, while blending seamlessly in a room. 

Youngstown, Ohio – April 2, 2019 SVS, manufacturer of high-performance speakers, subwoofers and audio accessories, proudly announces the SVS Prime Pinnacle speaker.

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Lee Scoggins Promoted to International Editor

By | April 1st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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ATLANTA (PTA) — Lee Scoggins, the Atlanta-based high-end audio journalist, has been promoted to International Editor for Part-Time Audiophile as part of its aggressive expansion into an inclusive multi-national and multi-cultural corporation.

Dr. Panagiotis Karavitis, the apparently outgoing International Editor for the sprawling online high-end audio-media conglomerate, could not be reached for comment. However, an auto-reply on his corporate email offered the following insight: “You have (not) reached me here on the glorious island paradise of Zakynthos. Currently, I am either prancing like Triton through the sea spray, or I am heroically saving the eyesight of poor migrant children displaced by cruel and heartless regimes.… Read the full article

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The Voice That Is presents Vertere Acoustics

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

For our US readers in Pensylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey — mark your calendars.

Doug White, of The Voice That Is, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Area Audio Group and the New Jersey Audio Society, will host a vinyl event featuring Vertere Acoustics and Touraj Moghaddam, Designer.

The topics of discussion will be analog reproduction, turntable and tonearm design.  A short listening session will follow.

Touraj Moghaddam made his name in hi-fi circles as one of the two founders of the UK’s Roksan Audio, which began making turntables just when LPs were facing decline following the arrival of the CD in the mid-1980s.

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Rogers High Fidelity KWM-88 “CORONA” | AXPONA 2019

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Something new from Rogers High Fidelity — a bit of old-world/new world. On the one hand, you have a completely hand-wired amp with a massive toroidal power supply — the PSU on this guy is 30lbs, all by itself. And on the other hand, there’s an app. And yes, you can change the volume, change the “mode” (ultralinear vs. triode), or monitor the completely automatic tube biasing, all courtesy of that app.

Cool.

We’ll be looking for this at AXPONA next month.… Read the full article

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