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Review: Assault on the state of the art headphones, the HiFiMan Susvara

By | February 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is not for the faint of heart, or wallet. If you think headphones have reached overwhelmingly high prices spare your time and don’t read this review. You have been warned.

Bumped upon Riccardo Yeh, talented musician, opera lover and HiFiMan’s international sales director. Come in he said, we have both Susvara and Shangri La playing side by side. I was sold.

Early summer, I couldn’t get those lush tunes out of my head. Went on and contacted Riccardo, a few weeks later a pair of Susvara was in my place along with an HE-6 adapter.… Read the full article

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Metaxas Ikarus integrated amplifier review

By | January 27th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is an article that first appeared in our new online PDF, downloadable magazine The Occasional last fall in it’s inaugural edition. We’ll be rolling out articles from it over the next week in anticipation of our upcoming second issue which is scheduled for publication February 3rd. We hope you enjoy this new, exclusive content, and that you’ll check out the Winter Edition of The Occasional when it drops 140 pages of fresh high fidelity reviews, audiophile gear highlights, lifestyle stories, and editorial  opinion.… Read the full article

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Review: Nagra HD DAC; or, Closing the gap between digital and analog

By | October 30th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Nagra founder Stefan Kudelski

There is not much to be said about Nagra Audio that has not been said already. The company goes back six decades, when Stefan Kudelski, a young talented engineer born in Poland but due to the second world war forced to move in Switzerland, after completing his studies in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1948 finally launched his first portable audio tape recorder.

The company remained an industry reference for portable audio recorders for decades, just consider that more than 10.000 Nagra III reel to reel tape recorders were sold.… Read the full article

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Going analog without breaking the bank

By | August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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This is what I currently use as front end: A Garrard Classic 401 idler drive turntable, bought new old stock, fitted on a massive Baltic birch plywood plint, sitting on top of a block of limestone. Instead of attaching it straight to the mains I use an external motor controller designed as an adjustable sine wave generator which makes my 401 measurements as good as the best currently produced turntables while maintaining the huge torque and bottom extension only classic idlers can come up with.… Read the full article

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