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Florida 2019: The Audio Company, Von Schweikert, VAC, Esoteric, Airtight, Kronos, Critical Mass, Clearaudio, and Masterbuilt

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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They’ve done it again! The Audio Company of Marietta, Georgia USA is without a doubt, one of the premier exhibitors of Von Schweikert, VAC, Esoteric, Airtight, Kronos, Critical Mass, Clearaudio, and Masterbuilt products. Jim, Gordon, and Keith take the Florida Audio Expo by “sonic-storm”, and leave many a show-going jaw dropped.

Holding court in the largest exhibit room within the Embassy Suites main hotel, The Audio Company set out to eliminate all the competition by assembling one of the more beautiful looking and sounding exhibits I’ve encountered.… Read the full article

Florida 2019: Integrity Sound, Parasound, Martin Logan, Rega, Aurender, AudioQuest

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Parasound shows off some incredible new products, Martin Logan stands tall as ever, Rega and Aurender did the cooking, and AudioQuest set the table.

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If there was an award for “most fun and playful atmosphere” at an audio show, Parasound and Martin Logan’s exhibit at the Florida Audio Expo would be tops on my list of nominees. The pairing of Dennis Chern (of Martin Logan) and Phil Jackson (of Parasound, not the Chicago Bulls) is a recipe for great demonstrations, good music, and an engaging and fun atmosphere.… Read the full article

FLAX 2019 Preview: Sea, Sound, and Sun

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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It’s been a record cold winter throughout most of the continental U.S., with only a few regions escaping the Arctic Outbreak of 2019 (mistakenly refereed to as “Polar Vortex” by the mainstream media). What better a time for the warm relief of sunny skies that Tampa, Florida will provide. Where else would you rather be in February? After much anticipation, the Florida Audio Expo (website HERE) has arrived.

Florida Audio Expo | Feb 8th – 10th | Tampa, Florida

This first ever Florida Audio Expo offers free entrance to the general public.… Read the full article

PMC Fact Fenestria

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Fenestria – A Statement of Fact

Article by Venoth Nair

 

I have always been a big fan of PMC speakers. The British brand has produced some of the most memorable monitor speakers, both for the professional as well as the home consumers. Harkening back to the old IB Series and now to the new twenty25 series speakers the brand has been known to always deliver excellent performance in a clean and simple package. So when I was given the chance to have an intimate listening session with PMC’s latest feat, the Fact Fenestria at AV Designs showroom, I jumped at it.… Read the full article

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D’Agostino Relentless Monoblock Amp | First Listen

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Dan D’Agostino’s new reference Relentless Monoblock amplifier (website) weighs in at a record 570 pounds, can dance beautifully at 1 watt and will party all the way 6000 watts into 2 ohms when driven by a 220v electrical circuit. Although it takes 4 strong dudes to drop it in place, once warmed up and you’re past the dent in the checking account, I don’t think you’ll ever want to move it once you power it up. Two years in the making, Dan D’Agostino describes the development as a “relentless pursuit to make it work”, and such where the name comes from.… Read the full article

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Parasound’s New Zphono XRM is a Big Step Up from Entry-level Zphono

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

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Our good friend, Gordon Sell of GSPR, alerted us to some genuinely exciting news from Parasound. The wildly popular Zphono phono preamplifier from Parasound’s ulta-compact Z line of components get’s updated in a huge way. For those in the know, the existing Zphono at $200 USD is already a bargain player that hit’s hard for it’s asking price. The new Zphono XRM at $599 USD now takes all things analog to another level.

The new Parasound Zphono XRM phono preamplifier offers higher performance, dual-input MM and MC, with XLR outputs, adjustable MC loading, rumble filter, and mono/stereo switch.… Read the full article

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The 2nd Macau International High-End Hi-Fi Show 2018

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

by Venoth Nair

 

Held in the vibrant and opulent city of Macau, the Macau International High-End Hi-Fi Show is an event that was introduced last year as a platform for various audio manufacturers from mainland China as well as the local Asian region and worldwide to get acquainted and explore business possibilities. The Venetian hotel played host to this now annual event which sees an ever increasing population of Hi-Fi based business eyeing for growth opportunity both locally and overseas.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: VPI Industries, AudioShield, Krell, Wilson Audio, Soundsmith, Nordost; If more is better, too much is almost enough

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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VPI Industries was in direct control, AudioShield had the room well protected, Krell and Wilson Audio tango with reference style, Soundsmith and Lyra go head-to-head, Nordost throws a lasso around the crowd.

Twice as impressive as one, there were two of the new VPI Industries HW-40 direct drive turntables on hand. Each equipped with a JWM-12 “Fatboy” tonearm, which is included in the price of the HW-40 turntable, and is standard. The HW-40 has benefitted from forty years of refinement as it now carries an updated and upgraded direct drive motor system, Nordost wiring, and an all new VTA Base on the fly.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: Wells Audio, LampizatOr, Daedalus, WyWires; Way better than golf

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

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I’ve been waiting to meet (and listen) with Jeff Wells of Wells Audio for some time. The electronics created by Mr. Wells, are scary good with familiar pairings from Daedalus Audio, LampizatOr, and WyWires.

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Lou Hinkley is the founder of Daedalus Audio, and he urged me on Thursday of the show to be sure to check out his room with Wells Audio, LampizatOr and WyWires. I told him it was already part of my pre-show plan.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: Daedalus, Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, WyWires; All Reference

By | December 17th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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This is a system I could listen to every day and twice on Sundays. Which is exactly what I did at Capital Audiofest. On Friday, I poked my head in for a listen, Saturday, much of the same. Sunday morning I was there first thing to gather some final impressions of the system and snap some photos when I was called away for an urgent show-going responsibility. So I finally return on for my “twice” listen on Sunday, along with some photos — and I am noticing as the show is winding down, that the Daedalus Audio, Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr and WyWires room is still rather busy.… Read the full article

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