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Paul’s Parting Shots | AXPONA 2019

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

By Paul Elliott

As you have read from all the glowing posts, AXPONA has developed into a great show, well run by JD Events. This is a professional company, and one that understands our industry and our people. Their staff get it, and they are always there with a smile and a hand.

This new venue seems to be working for the show. At the least, they have announced the dates for the next two years at the Renaissance Schaumburg: April 17 – 19, 2020, and April 16-18, 2021, so get used to it.… Read the full article

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BorderPatrol, Volti Audio, Triode Wire Labs | AXPONA 2019

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

I believe this is the third time I’ve reported on the combination of BorderPatrol, Volti Audio and Triode Wire Labs in the last few months, so you’d think I’d have a handle on the sound by now. When I entered Room 688 at AXPONA 2019, I thought okay, these guys again, I’m gonna be impressed as usual but will I have anything new to say about this otherwise unique system?… Read the full article

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30 Years with Border Patrol | AXPONA 2019

By | April 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

I saw a little note taped to the door, congratulating Gary Dews of BorderPatrol on his anniversary. Apparently, he’s spent 30 years “doing time” in high-end audio — a remarkable achievement for what has largely been a one-man-band, cheerfully beating the drum of “quality power supplies” and “tube audio sound” in a time that seems to have largely stepped out of that mode. I first met Dews at the Capital Audiofest back in 2010, and as I wrote then, I was gobsmacked by the sound of his decidedly not vintage-sounding gear.… Read the full article

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Setup Day with Paul | AXPONA 2019

By | April 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

by Paul Elliott

After months of planning, weeks of preparation, days of packing, the exhibitors unload their vans and trailers or the transport companies deliver what looks like an overwhelming amount of crates and boxes. The stuff that dreams are made of…. Or at least for the many of audiophiles and visitors that will come through the doors of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, for the next three days of AXPONA 2019, will have on their wish lists. 

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Florida 2019: Lee’s Best of Show

By | April 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wow.  What a great beginning for a much-needed, in my opinion, regional Florida-based show.  The weather was great, the sound was great, the people were great, the food and drinks were great.  Tampa in February?  Yes please.

But what were the standouts?  Let’s get going.

Most Dynamic System

What can I say?  Damon, Leif, Kevin and the Gents from Marietta’s The Audio Company again impressed with a huge and rich sounding reference system in the biggest ballroom at the show at the end of the second-floor hall.  … Read the full article

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Border Patrol, Volti Audio, Triode Wire Labs – CAF 2018

By | December 18th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Border Patrol Amplifiers

You can also catch my writing at AH’s sister site — Part-Time Audiophile — where you may also be aware of our staff’s collective fondness for BorderPatrol, Volti Audio, and Triode Wire Labs gear. In the past it was Scot Hull (our publisher), John Stancavage (writer) or Rafe Arnott (former editor) who jumped at the chance to “claim their exhibit rooms for write-up“ in the name of “divide and conquer.” Capital Audiofest 2018 arrives with Scot Hull now focusing more on publisher duties, and Rafe Arnott having moved on to waiting tables somewhere (managing editor InnerFidelity/AudioStream).… Read the full article

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Bricasti M1 Review: Balancing Head and Heart

By | September 16th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Bricasti M1

Looking at the Bricasti M1 reminds me of one of the coolest perks of reviewing high-end audio equipment: I get to hear lots of different types of gear in the comfort and familiarity of my own listening room. I love mixing and matching different pieces, trying to get the best out of each component that I evaluate. Even so, there are very few “aha” moments in this game for me; much of the gear I get to review is very good, indeed, and a lot of it seems to be converging to a common level of audio excellence.… Read the full article

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Burning Amps and Summer Ghosts: Summertime at PTA

By | August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Outer Banks, NC

Sea oats dot the dunes along the National Seashore in Salve, NC

Summertime. Hot hazy humid days. But it’s more “wet” than anything else, this year. Still, it’s summer. Time for lolling about, also known as “resting and rejuvenation”. Time to not do chores. Time for memories. Ghosts.

“I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to do that.” The “that” in question was flames. About 4′ high. Coming out of the back of an amplifier. Amplifier flambé. Good times.

Summer Logo

There’s even a sweet summer logo

In retrospect, it was lucky I was in the room when the amp decided to start its 4th of July Spectacular in my basement.… Read the full article

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Border Patrol and Volti Audio – AXPONA 2018

By | April 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

by Rafe Arnott

When you wander the halls of a big audiophile trade show, you start to get what many refer to as “ear fatigue” or what I call “burnout.”

Putting in several hours running from room to room to take in whatever is the latest, and greatest from high-fidelity manufacturers spanning the globe at AXPONA this past weekend, I realized I was starting to slow down late in the afternoon on Saturday, and so sought solace in what I like to refer to as a “safe space.”

Border Patrol, and Volti Audio stay connected with Triode Wire Labs in a fairly regular fashion at hifi shows, and their rooms always qualify as a place to recharge, and sooth myself.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Triode Wire Labs, Border Patrol, Volti Audio

By | April 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

There is a reason.

If we’re being serious, this is obvious — because there’s always a reason. It may be stupid, it may be incidental, it may be irrelevant, it may be serendipity, or God, or luck, or spooky-action-at-a-distance, but even then, there’s a reason. But in the case of “why this particular room sounds really good”, the reasons are a bit more straightforward.

Chalk one more up to Team Natural.

Today’s iteration of The System has quite a bit of newness.… Read the full article

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