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
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
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.
It’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