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Florida 2019: Friday with Paul

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Paul Elliott

Michael Fremer gets the alignment right and cuts the ribbon to open the first Florida Audio Expo!

All the work Alan and his team has now come together and the show opened to the public at 10 am.  A good steady stream of head off to the exhibit rooms.

Tortuga Audio

It’s hard to decide where to start (way too much stress), so I randomly fell into the Tortuga Audio room.  Morten Sissener has and interesting take on an old idea of using LDR (Light Dependent Resistor) for controlling volume. … Read the full article

Audio Fur and the Border Patrol DAC

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

Border Patrol SE DAC

Stereophile’s Herb Reichert posted a letter on the web version of an “As We See It” column written by his colleague Jon Iverson. I’m reposting it here (with linking and attribution) for several reasons, but mainly because I want to use it as a map to work out my … feelings.

The TL;DR of this (rather long) post is summarized pretty much entirely by Mr. Reichert’s comments. I have taken the liberty of then beating said horse past unrecognizability.

Why, you ask?… Read the full article

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Sonus Faber Sonetto II Speakers | Review

By | December 30th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Should audio components always be 100% truthful to the source? Ahhh, that’s one of those questions that has resulted in untold audiophile angst, much like the supposed supremacy of analog over digital, or tubes vs. solid state. In the end, it’s ultimately up to the ear of the listener, and nothing else. If it sounds good to you, then it’s probably good.

Me? I’m an unabashed truth guy. That’s perhaps why I tend to gravitate toward pro audio DACs and speakers for instance, which are purposely designed to tell the truth: nothing more and nothing less.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: BorderPatrol, Volti Audio, Triode Wire Labs and Where the Magic Is

By | November 11th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Part-Time Audiophile readers are probably already aware of our enthusiasm for the products of BorderPatrol and Volti Audio. Since I am new to the staff, I am also new to the distinctive and engaging sound accomplished by these two manufacturers. I did get a brief taste of the combo while visiting PTA publisher Scot Hull a few months ago—he was using BorderPatrol amplification and the new Volti Rival speakers in his main system. We were evaluating one of Lyn Stanley’s glorious reel-to-reel limited releases, and I was mightily impressed with the big effortless sound.… Read the full article

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Beguiling Digital: Audio Note UK DAC 2.1x Signature

By | July 7th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I wanted to share a few notes about the Audio Note UK DAC 2.1x Signature that Mr. Q sent along with the CDT-Two/II transport that I so greatly admired.

The US price for the DAC2.1x Signature is $4,900. Like the transport, this DAC sits about mid-way through their “level” of digital converter products. It includes the AN “secret sauce” componentry, including Black Gate caps, Tantalum resistors, a choke-regulated and tube rectified power supply, as well as the separate mains transformer and a transformer-based digital input.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Music From Another Room, Part 3

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

You can’t just say “It’s awesome, buy it.”

Eliciting a gut reaction of confidence in consumers who speak your name in conversations of top tier service and products is neither straightforward, measurable, or paint by numbers. Decades of experience and market research at all levels of the supply chain are prerequisite to attaining a seat at the table with the most trusted names in hi-fi. Building a good product is not enough. Anyone telling you different has probably watched Field Of Dreams too many times.… Read the full article

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