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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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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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TotalDAC to introduce AMP-1 at High-End 2019

By | March 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

Vincent Brient of totaldac has a new product to introduce at the Munich show in May — and it’s not a DAC. This time around, it’s an amplifier, the AMP-1. No word on pricing, specs, or availability. That is, there is next-to-nothing on this, only the following images, and an injunction to show them in order.

More as details become available.

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Bricasti Design Launches Model 3 Digital to Analog Converter

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

Fans of the site know that Bricasti Design has been an in-house favorite for years. Contributing reviewer John Richardson recently reviewed the M1 Classic, an experience that set a highwater mark for reference sound in his home system. Yours Truly owns and uses a pair of their massive monoblock amplifiers and their flagship DAC as the heart of his reference system.

We’ve been following designer Brian Zolner’s work forever. To say that “we’re fans” is to sell us a bit embarrassingly short.… Read the full article

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Underwood Hi-Fi acquires Core Power Technologies, LLC

By | February 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

Some news on the mergers & acquisitions front — Underwood Hi-Fi has acquired the assets to Core Power Technologies. New CPT devices will be available starting next month. Why you should care — “balanced power” provides noise cancelling, and based on my own testing, this is a no joke requirement for high-end audio playback. Believe me when I tell you that I wish it wasn’t so. I haven’t had an opportunity to explore these boxes, but the newest, the EQUI=CORE 1800, looks like a total monster.… Read the full article

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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

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