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Studio Electric M4 Review | The Millennial Audiophile

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

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Studio Electric M4

Studio Electric looks for a higher class of consideration

Call me crazy but I have a particularly unwavering bias in this hobby for sound and sound only. I do not personally subscribe to the church of audio-bling, although I don’t mind its existence or necessity in another’s sense of taste. I understand the appeal high-end-audio-jewelry and cost-no-object endeavors that embody faultless craftsmanship inside and out. I don’t fault high-end audio manufacturers for looking to one-up each other by creating flashy high-end-art pieces as much as they are high-end-high-fidelity.… Read the full article

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Review: Whisky and Listening – Vertere SG-1 turntable, SME-V tonearm, and Koetsu Onyx Platinum

By | March 18th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Vertere SG-1 turntable.

Welcome to what I like to think of as a pinnacle of editorial writing in my small world, as it combines two of my favourite things to do: Have a glass of whisky, and kick back to listen to a couple of albums. A pastime I’m sure some of you out there can identify with. How on Earth did I stumble into such remarkable luck to turn this into a monthly article moving ahead? It’s possible because of the forward-thinking mind of Edward Ku at Element Acoustics.… Read the full article

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Review: dCS Network Bridge – The Swiss Army Knife of Streamers

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There is nothing like grabbing a prized LP, dropping the needle in the groove, and having the events of the day get whisked away. Nothing else matters at that exact moment, only that you are sensing every emotion and every note… cue relaxation.

But now more than ever, times are a-changing. Digital music reproduction, the growing availability of high-resolution content, combined with better software is making this something audiophiles need to pay more attention to.  The debate of Analog vs.… Read the full article

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Review: Audio Research VT80 Foundation Series power amplifier

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Audio Research VT80 Power Amplifier.

By John Richardson

I miss Sam Tellig. I always read Sam’s column in Stereophile as soon as the newest edition hit my mailbox; I found him to be an entertaining and informative writer. It was great to read about his European adventures, and the offbeat audio personalities he hung out with (Roy Hall included). I also learned an important lesson about audio reviewers from Sam: We don’t always agree.

This lesson I learned the hard way.… Read the full article

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Review: Roon, Tidal and totaldac – Part Two – delving into Roon

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

RA: Can you explain what Roon does, in basic terms for a computer audio neophyte?

RD & EV: At the basic level, Roon is music player software… you tell it where your files

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Rob Darling

live and supply your TIDAL login information, and it gives you an interface for browsing and playing music. But this interface is far more powerful and engaging than any other you’ve used. Roon finds tons of data about your collection – credits, bios, release dates, labels, lyrics, composers, compositions – and weaves it all into a link-filled, surfable, searchable digital magazine about your collection.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 listening impressions

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Beauty is in the eye of the Beo-holder.

Are lifestyle, and audiophile exclusive design terms from one another?

Is it a form vs. function debate?

I’ve been struggling a bit with the concept lately in the strictest sense of the words, and the BeoLab 90 I’m writing about here brought the question to the forefront for me again. The 90 is about as far as you can get from a conventional audiophile loudspeaker design, yet with it’s $90,000 USD ($118,000 CAN) price tag it is firmly planted in ultra high-end audio territory.… Read the full article

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