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Happy Thanksgiving from Part-Time Audiophile

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

This Thanksgiving Season we have lots to be thankful for over here at Part-Time Audiophile.

We wanted to take a moment to say thank-you; to all our readers, supporters, advertisers, and the many great audio companies that loan us the latest in gear to test drive.

Thank you to our families who put up with this addiction, the constant treadmill of boxes that come and go, the audio systems that seem to constantly change and sometimes not work.  Without the support of our families, we couldn’t do what we do.

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Spending time with Fern & Roby for a factory tour, film, and interviews

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Virginia is for Lovers.

That’s what the bumper sticker said on the car in front of me.

The air was muggy, and charged with electricity as the windshield wipers tried to clear the rain from a summer thunderstorm. I was sitting with Christopher Hildebrand, and Sara Moriarty in their station wagon idling at a traffic light; that’s when I noticed the slogan. As I took in the scene of strip malls, and gas stations my mind wandered past the lowland forests in the distance, and the surrounding countryside gave way in the unseeable distance to the rolling Appalachian hills of the Blue Ridge mountains made famous by John Denver so many years before.… Read the full article

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The DeVore Fidelity O/93 loudspeaker long-term review

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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DeVore’s designs are some of the most beautiful speakers I’ve ever seen.

There’s something about John DeVore’s loudspeakers that intrinsically connect me to the music.

Jazz, blues, EDM, folk, rock, or pop… it doesn’t matter. The electron translations being performed by DeVore Fidelity designs – like the O/93 graciously provided to me by Soundhounds in Victoria, B.C., being reviewed here – would be listened to with envy by those involved with maintaining harmonious diplomatic relations between countries with disparate languages at the United Nations.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Voxativ single-minded in pursuit of great sound

By | October 25th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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It’s almost become a cliché for reviewers to say a loudspeaker’s drivers “speak with one voice.” I’ve used that phrase myself at least once in my Rocky Mountain Audio Fest coverage this year, and I’m only a dozen stories in. I am about to use it again, however, and I can’t really keep from it.

This report, you see, is about the Voxativ exhibit in Denver. Voxativ speakers do a particularly outstanding job of presenting a cohesive image, likely because they have a single point-source per channel handling most of the frequency range.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: The Voice That Is delivers rolling thunder in black and chrome

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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All Tidal, all the time.

I foolishly keep thinking that maybe this time Doug White of The Voice That Is will put a foot wrong somewhere, try something out of context for shits, and giggles, but no he never does. As a result his room – which almost exclusively features ever more Tidal Audio equipment – just keeps putting everybody’s hair straight back like they’re in the chopper wash of an AH-64 Apache landing 15 feet in front of them, except it’s not a helo laying down the sonic smacks, it’s what I call White’s Rolling Thunder show kit: Tidal Akira loudspeakers ($215,000 USD) being juiced by a Tidal Prescencio three-chassis preamplifier, and a pair of Ferios 300-watt  (into eight Ohms) Monoblocs.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Fern & Roby, Linear Tube Audio, and Black Cat Cable

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Montrose turntables by Fern & Roby.

Some rooms at hifi-audio shows are infused with synergy. Every component in the set-up works flawlessly with every other component in the signal path. Some call this a curated system – one that is built from time, research, and experience with many manufacturers. Knowing what amplifier works perfectly with what speaker, which tonearm with which turntable, understanding the properties of tubes or cables, and being able to choose those that can add a touch of warmth, timbral accuracy or transparency borders on the religious in its orthodoxy.… Read the full article

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Magico to debut M6 at Tokyo International Audio Show

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

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All will be revealed in Tokyo next week.

September 29th is creeping up faster than a distracted driver in a Tesla on a deaf dog crossing the road, and with that show’s launch will come some interesting news from inert-speaker designers extraordinaire Magico: The all-new M6. The 2014 M-Project saw the limited-edition M3 hit markets, and create real industry buzz among consumers, and critics alike for its sonic capabilities, so as a follow-on, the company decided to push the envelope even further, and push out as challenging a design as they could in 2017.… Read the full article

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Devialet & The Lost Recordings: Ella Fitzgerald Live at the Concertgebouw – 1961

By | September 15th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Ella is found.

Despite their penchant for all things digital, Devialet has a soft spot for vinyl. Witness their fifth LP release in just over a year with Ella Fitzgerald Live at the Concertgebouw – 1961. This follows Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Dave Brubeck, and continues the series focus of “Lost Recordings.”

I’ve not heard the vinyl copies yet, but have been given the opportunity to download 24-bit samples to listen to, and the sonics of those cuts are impressive indeed.… Read the full article

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Review: CH Precision L1 Dual Monaural Line Preamplifier, and M1 Reference Power Amplifier

By | September 3rd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Reflecting on Swiss precision high fidelity.

Complaints. I had many complaints with this system.

Not from me, from my neighbours. You see, this was one of those systems that just begged to be played ridiculously loud. It was the sense of scale, it was the musicality, it was the tone, the timbre… the bass. The CH Precision L1 Dual Monaural Line Preamplifier, ($32,975 USD/$40,870 CAN) and M1 Reference Power Amplifier ( $51,000 USD/$63,960 CAN) being fed Redbook Tidal, and high-resolution local files (a mix of 24/192, and DSD) via a totaldac d-1 integral preamp/server/DAC paired with CH balanced interconnects, and speaker cables ($POA) running into a pair of Dynaudio Confidence C4 Signature loudspeakers ($22,000 USD/$27, 585 CAN) was a potent mix to have in a concrete high-rise apartment.  … Read the full article

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Audio Research Reference Phono 3 Review: Closer to the master tape

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

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Audio Research Reference Phono 3

By Richard Mak

In the world of high end audio two of the most revered names in the industry are McIntosh and Audio Research. McIntosh, founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh and Audio Research in 1970 by William (Bill) Johnson, represents two of the oldest U.S manufacturers still in operation.  Their coveted and fiercely loyal customer base can only be matched by the loyalty of their employees, many of whom have been with the company for over 30 years.… Read the full article

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