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Monthly Spins: February 2019

By | February 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lots of late December and January stuff and some from Feb. The reissues are especially noteworthy this month. I hope you discover something that moves you. Please leave comments if you like something.

February Music

Michael O’Shea: S/T

File Under: staggering reissue of 1982 masterwork

Not only did O’ Shea invent a new 17 stringed instrument he sometimes called “Mo Cara” or “my fried” in Gaelic, he was discovered while busking in Covent Garden, London by Wire members Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis, who gave him their card and told him to stop by the studio and they would record him, which he did some two years later.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: Bricasti, Tidal and the Last Word in Inner Detail

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When Eric Franklin Shook and I arrived at the 2018 Capital Audiofest, we decided to mix up the coverage so that neither of us would be covering the same rooms as we did at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest just a few weeks before. I did regret that I wouldn’t have another shot at spending time with those Vimberg speakers from The Voice That Is, but I was relieved when I walked into the big Bricasti room and saw a drop-dead-gorgeous pair of Tidal Audio Contriva Diacera speakers.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Bricasti, TIDAL; the present truth

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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From the exacting truth found in all Bricasti Design electronics, and delicate balance of dynamics offered from all TIDAL Audio loudspeakers, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a better exhibit of digital’s sonic prowess. It could have something to do with “true direct DSD”, but that’s something you’ll just have to find out for yourself. If given the chance, do give this duo an audition.

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Classical music in DSD. Is there any other way to do it? Not likely. Digital for most people tends to show its true colors when faced with the challenges presented by great classical recordings.… Read the full article

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