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CAF 2018: Black Ice Audio (Jolida); A name, and new designs from Jim Fosgate

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Jim Fosgate is a name as well known in Hi-Fi circles as it is in the world of car audio, television, and movies. Jim is known for inventing the first car audio amplifier in 1973, and for founding Fosgate Electronics, which is now called Rockford Fosgate. His other project Fosgate Laboratories created something called Dolby Pro Logic II, which you might know as five channel surround sound, and for inventing Jim received a special Emmy. Jim was also the developer of one of the finest quadraphonic decoders ever produced, the TATE II 101A SQ Quadraphonic / Surround Stereo Processor.… Read the full article

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DVL Album of the Month for February – Traffic

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

This is a monthly series of album reviews I will be doing for DVL Audio here in Canada. I’ll be heading out to a local record store in Vancouver, digging through the bins, and coming up with an intriguing LP to discuss here on Part-Time Audiophile. I’ll never go out with something in mind beforehand, and there is no criteria for whether it’s a new album, an old album, an out-of-print LP, electronic, classical, jazz, punk – whatever – it just has to sound good to me.Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Zesto steps up with new phono transformer

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

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On the surface, the news sounds shocking: Zesto Audio has built its first component without a tube. But rest easy. President and designer George Counnas hasn’t forsaken his strategy of mixing 1930s valve concepts with modern technology. He’s merely augmenting another of his products — the kind with the glowing filaments.

Counnas and his wife, Carolyn, chose the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest as the location to debut their new step-up transformer, called the Allasso ($2,995 – all prices in USD). While many such devices are intended to be used with a specific cartridge, the Allasso offers 40 adjustments in mono and another 40 for a stereo MC cartridge.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Zesto’s tubes shine in the spotlight

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

George and Carolyn Counnas, proprietors of Zesto Audio, probably are pinching themselves frequently these days. For a small maker of tube gear that’s not much more than six years old, Zesto seems to be turning a lot of heads and pleasing quite a few ears.

laasIt’s not a dream, though. In the last two months alone, Zesto has appeared on the cover of Stereophile and the Absolute Sound, and garnered Best of Show honors at Audio Expo North America from Part-Time Audiophile.… Read the full article

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