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CAF 2018: McGary Audio, Salk Signature Sound, Exogal, AntiCables; mouthwatering sound

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

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McGary Audio shows us what thirty watts can do, Salk Signature Sound gives us the BeAT, Exogal supplies the tunes, and AntiCables once again binds together one of the best sounding systems of the show.

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“Blindsided”, is a word I used in my show report notes. I know the Salk Signature Sound… sound, but to me the SONG 3 BeAT loudspeaker is something extra special. The new SONG 3 BeAT features a single Satori beryllium tweeter (Be) mounted atop an Audio Technology (AT) 4″ mid-range, while down below a 7.5″ woofer handles bass down to 33Hz.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Must See Rooms, Friday

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at Capital Audiofest … okay, okay, — I don’t know how many brands exactly, but it does seem like a lot this year. Which makes 2018’s event feel every bit like the “premier show of North America’s eastern coast”, that we often claim it to be. Fear not, as the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are here to be your surrogate audio show guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started off on the right foot.Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: KRELL, Alta, Acoustic Signature, AntiCables; A renewed faith

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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KRELL Industries unveils their new K-300i integrated, Alta Audio shows off their superbly underrated Celesta FRM-2 speaker, Acoustic Signature supplies all things analog with a Triple X turntable, whilst AntiCables ties it all together with bow.

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Krell Industries, one of the first to ever offer a high-end integrated, debuted an updated K-300i integrated amplifier that sports copious amounts of power and connectivity.

Like the KAV-300i from 1996, and the S-300i over a decade later, the new K-300i aims to reclaim the helm the high-end integrated mountain top by delivering 150 wpc into 8-ohms, or 300 wpc into 4-ohms.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Spatial Audio, Vinnie Rossi, Innuos and Anticable; a nomination for Best-In-Show sound.

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

Starting at the source, the Innuos ZENITH which is directly a more affordable version of their SE model, and spiritually their reference Statement model. The ZENITH is no slouch by any means, — seriously, it has three linear power supplies, it is not a toy — but the ZENITH is also not the company’s most refined offering. I want you to know this, because I especially took note of this once the music started playing. It shouldn’t sound this good, but here we are and there it does.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Must See Rooms of Friday

By | October 6th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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There are over 400 brands exhibiting here at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Making this event one of largest audio shows in North America. For some this can seem overwhelming. and cause a bit of anxiety. Alas, have no fear, the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are ready to be your audio show guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started and off on the right foot.

Firmly grounded with a history in studio and pro sound, Amphion returns to home audio with a stable of speaker designs that to my ear offer comforting treble and mid-range that compliment the Amphion idea of how bass should sound.… Read the full article

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Capital Audiofest 2017: Well Pleased AV takes us backstage

By | December 10th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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Death, Taxes, and Good Sound from Well Pleased AV. Three things in life you can be assured of. I say this because in typical fashion Mark Sossa has brought us something new to gawk at and exhibited it with showstopping results. Namely his latest addition of Rethm loudspeakers. Mark was demoing a system of familiar electronics carried over from previous audio shows in 2017, and the new entry level Bhaava loudspeakers from Rethm. At the heart of the Bhaava tower is a retro 7” Boston/Philips Hi-Q driver, a transducer underutilized in its heyday, now finding new life in a horn loaded tower.

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RMAF 2017: The Sight of Sound

By | November 17th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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A wrap-up photo journal of this year’s Rocky Mountain Audiofest in Denver, Colorado.

GTT Audio 
MasterBuilt Audio, Von Schweikert


High End by Oz
Raidho Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics


Neat Acoustics
Audia Flight, High Fidelity Services


Monitor Audio 
Roksan, Kevro International


Listen Up 
Tannoy, Peachtree Audio


Bricasti Design  
Wilson Benesch, Oyaide Cable


Zesto Audio 
Marten, Merrill-Williams Audio


LampizatOr 
Salk Sound, WyWires


Schiit Audio
Salk Sound


McIntosh Laboratories
Sonus Faber


Davone 
Rogers High Fidelity, Wax Stacks


Spatial 
Vinnie Rossi, Anticables


Voxativ 

Project Sumiko

 

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RMAF 2017: Well Pleased Audio’s global brands speak same sonic language

By | October 21st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Lightning strikes…

Mark Sossa of distributor Well Pleased Audio Vida always is one of the most enthusiastic exhibitors I visit at shows. I’m not sure what his daily caffeine intake is, but even at the end of a long day midway through the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Sossa was still brimming with energy and eager to show his wares.

Much of that ebullience likely is due to his desire to get the word out about some of the uncommon brands he brings with him.… Read the full article

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QLN, Audio Hungary, Aqua, Innuos, AntiCables: Leave Us Well Pleased – RMAF 2017

By | October 13th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Eric Shook

Another Unassuming Room Wows Again.

Small rooms with small speakers don’t always draw the biggest crowds, and that’s a really sad thing, because more than a fair share of my favorite rooms at audio shows are the under 60 watt amplifier, bookshelf speaker, and simple system variety. There’s a good market for bedroom or second room systems out there. Also, systems for people who don’t want the imposing presence of audio equipment as it pertains for living room decor.… Read the full article

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LAAS 2017: Rethm, Audio Hungary, Aqua create pleasing sound at attractive price

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Looking at price tags at audio shows quickly can start your head spinning. Yes, this hobby is called the high-end, but really?

That’s why I always enjoy finding rooms where the rig sounds great, but might not require a second mortgage. One of those systems at the Los Angeles Audio Show was put together by Springfield, Virginia-based distributor Well Pleased Audio Vida.

It indeed was pleasing to add up all the equipment and get a total of around $20,000 USD.… Read the full article

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