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Qobuz is My Funny Valentine

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

Times up, waits over, let the queuing begin! Qobuz (website), the European music streaming service, is finally here and is set to challenge Tidal on its home turf — sound quality. But unlike Tidal, Qobuz is all about high-resolution audio, up to and including streaming music at up to 192kHz without requiring MQA and the associated hardware and software. Here’s the kicker: it sounds great. Perhaps because Qobuz has been a long time to come, but to me, the platform seems very stable.… Read the full article

Sonos Architectural by Sonance push into custom install

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

At CEDIA 2018, Sonos made a push for the custom install market. They announced the re-designed Sonos AMP. as well as a partnership with Sonance to deliver in-wall speakers building.

This week we are seeing the fruit of the Sonos / Sonance partnership as they announce the availability of the Sonos Architectural speakers. Not surprisingly, these new speakers have been optimized for the Sonos AMP.

The Sonos Architectural by Sonance speaker lineup will be made up of the following models:

  • Sonos In-Wall by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
  • Sonos In-Ceiling by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
  • Sonos Outdoor by Sonance ($799/pair USD)

The Sonos In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers are available for pre-order starting now on Sonos.com.… Read the full article

Roon 1.6 arrives with Qobuz support and tasty updates

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

The train never stops over at Roon and today’s release of Roon 1.6 brings a host of welcome updates and a fresh look. Most notability official support for Qobuz.  At CES 2019 Qobuz US Beta went live, so if you are a Qobuz beta tester, you can add your account to ROON and access all of your Qobuz content seamlessly. Official support for Qobuz arrives with Roon 1.6 software update.  

From the Roon Press release:

Now you can access the entire Qobuz catalog in Roon, allowing you to take advantage of Roon’s metadata with all of your favorite Qobuz content.

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dCS Releases Rossini 2.0 software and provides more Roon love…

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

The train of updates at dCS seems to never stop and as they deliver us a New Years present with the release of the dCS Rossini 2.0 software.

We enjoyed listening to the dCS Bartok at CEDIA and again at Audio Element, both of which made clear to us that the dCS Bartok is nipping at the heels of its bigger sibling dCS Rossini.

With the success of the Bartok, dCS promises that the new 2.0 software elevates the Rossini, bringing some of the Reference Vivaldi sauce downstream.… Read the full article

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The Occasional 2018 Buyer’s Guide

By | December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

The Editors have voted, weighed in, argued, smashed cups to the ground and called for more; they have bitten thumbs, quarreled, sallied forth; they have met the enemy and they were not themselves; they have broken through enemy lines and routed the enemies; they have since returned to their castles, and are now enjoying hot toddies and luxurious foot rubs while listening to “Christmas Crooners” on Qobuz. Good times.

In the peaceful aftermath of cheerful destruction, we have a thing: The Occasional 2018 Buyer’s Guide.… Read the full article

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Parasound’s New Zphono XRM is a Big Step Up from Entry-level Zphono

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

ZphonoXRM

Our good friend, Gordon Sell of GSPR, alerted us to some genuinely exciting news from Parasound. The wildly popular Zphono phono preamplifier from Parasound’s ulta-compact Z line of components get’s updated in a huge way. For those in the know, the existing Zphono at $200 USD is already a bargain player that hit’s hard for it’s asking price. The new Zphono XRM at $599 USD now takes all things analog to another level.

The new Parasound Zphono XRM phono preamplifier offers higher performance, dual-input MM and MC, with XLR outputs, adjustable MC loading, rumble filter, and mono/stereo switch.… Read the full article

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GoldenEar Triton One.R Now Shipping

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

Got some news from my friend Sandy Gross at GoldenEar (website) about a new speaker that has a lot of the characteristics of the Triton Reference. SPOILER ALERT: The Reference is an Editor’s Choice winner for 2018, and will be named accordingly in the upcoming The Occasional 2018 Buyer’s Guide. The associated review will be coming along shortly — stay tuned for that.

What struck me so spectacularly about the Reference is the sense of majesty and scale — that speaker throws oceans of sound at you.… Read the full article

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McIntosh XRT1.1K Loudspeaker Launched | Announcement

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

I’ve heard the McIntosh line array loudspeakers in a variety of scenarios, and the only thing I can say is that they’re impressive as all hell.

The new offering is the XRT1.1K, which is the slightly scaled-down version of the monster XRT2.1K — that is, it’s a dream speaker might actually fit in your actual home instead of just your dream home.

Pricing is set at $60,000 and availability is immediate.

Get thee to a dealer to get your ears on!… Read the full article

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SVS 3000 Series Launches | Announcement

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

Looks like SVS, everyone’s favorite skull-shaker, has a brand new line of subwoofers — just in time for scaring off the family inviting the family over for your holiday meals. At the very least, holiday movies and sports just got a little more threatening, low, and menacing. Might even be time to queue up Pitch Black, that most perfect of Christmas Eve stories! Ahh, I can practically taste the terror.

Okay, okay, I may not have fully shaken off Halloween yet — whatever.… Read the full article

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Introducing the Merrill Audio Element 116

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

Received this gem over the weekend. Merrill Audio has a brand-new amplifier line featuring brand-new tech. Now available — details below.

Bernardsville, New Jersey, USA.

Following the enormous success of the ELEMENT 118, Merrill Audio is introducing the ELEMENT 116 Monoblocks,  with the same Galliium Nitiride Transistors, ZXOL design which has zero feedback and zero dead time. This innovation gives a music reproduction that is full of air, emotion and detail, simply superbly presented with a wider, deeper stage at a lower price point.

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