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Shure Now Offers Cable Updates For Its Classic IEMs – NAMM 2018

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

In case you were wondering – no, that’s not Sean Sullivan’s hair adorning his corporate shirt. Sure, sure, its Shure at NAMM but those lovely strands are actually a well thought out combination of metal, plastic and IEM love. For any current Shure fan (535 anyone?), their long history with the tiny ear speaker has always been terminated with a standard 3.5mm headphone connection. Lucky for most, recent models have been equipped with a standard MMCX removable jack capping the other end.… Read the full article

Review: Getting my groove on with one-step vinyl releases

By | December 17th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In business, it can be advantageous to cut out the middle man. In vinyl record production, too, less can be more. The latest mini-trend in the audiophile world is one-step recordings, which eliminate two parts of the manufacturing process.

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab dropped its first one-step record in 2016 with Santana’s Abraxas, followed early this year by the Bill Evans Trio’s Sunday at the Village Vanguard. Both quickly sold out. This fall, MFSL added Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly and reportedly is planning a handful more in 2018.… Read the full article

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Last chance to register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC

By | December 16th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Seeing (Dragonfly) Red.

Time is running out to start 2018 with a brand-new DAC/headphone amp, courtesy of AudioQuest and Part-Time Audiophile. So, put down that eggnog and enter our Best of 2017 contest now, before the clock hits midnight.

In a few weeks, the editors and writers at PTA will publish a list of their top gear of the year. We recently asked you, our astute readers, to weigh in with your choices as well, sweetening the offer with a chance to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Red.… Read the full article

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Hi-Fi World Awards 2017 – Best Loudspeaker Cable: Chord Sarum T

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Chord Company|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Award Received in December, 2017

“It’s rare that something truly different comes along in the world of loud-speaker cables – but Chord’s new Sarum T is just that…

They are easily as good as some much more expensive rivals, being open, uncoloured and superbly natural – letting you hear the sound of your amplifier and loudspeakers as they should be.”

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Sarum T speaker cable is part of the much lauded Sarum T range and features our unique Taylon® insulation and ARAY conductor technology.

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RMAF 2017: Best In Show

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

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This year dawned with plenty of questions facing the high-end audio industry. The most pressing were: Would the U.S. economy hold up, allowing manufacturers and retailers to stay afloat? Would vinyl continue its revival, possibly enticing young people into a hobby that’s in danger of aging out? And, would the recent growth in the show circuit create too much of a good thing?

That third question was still hanging in the air as September arrived and the last two of the record seven major domestic gatherings for 2017 were scheduled to go off within weeks of each other, putting a strain on the finances and staff of audio companies and creating decisions for potential out-of-town attendees.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Lone Star Audio creates atmosphere with Synergistic, Magico, Constellation

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

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At first glance, the Lone Star Audio rig at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest looked fairly conventional. There was a handsome wood rack filled with Constellation Audio electronics, flanked by floor-standing Magico speakers. But what was that tall, black post doing in front of the gear?

The beam was rectangular, about 4.5 feet tall and a few inches wide on each side. It was fixed to a triangular base. On top of the post was a small, circular feature with perforations.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch make a statement with Cardinal loudspeaker

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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I first auditioned a pair of Wilson Benesch speakers about a decade ago at a Dallas dealer. I had come in primarily to listen to a tube amp I fancied, but the sight of the large floorstanders got me curious.

I had read positive reviews on the company’s products. Seeing them up close was intriguing, as the woodwork – in this case, a gorgeous cherry – was beautiful. What I remember was that I came away impressed by their sound, too, especially the detailed high frequencies.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Zu, Peachtree create club vibe

By | November 7th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Each year at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Peachtree Audio and Zu Audio take a large corner room on the mezzanine level of the Marriott Denver Tech Center. First-time visitors likely are surprised by what they find there, which is less a structured product demo, and more a nonstop party.

The master of ceremonies typically is Peachtree’s David Solomon, who stands in the near-darkness armed with an iPad filled with kickin’ tunes. He enthusiastically introduces each with stories about what the track means to him, how it was recorded or its rarity.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2107: Nagra, Wilson define the state of the art

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

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I found myself getting short of breath at RMAF not long after I entered room 1030 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. I put most of the blame on my general middle-aged poor health, combined with the altitude. But I also might have been hyperventilating from hearing $200K worth of impeccable electronics playing some classic blues records on the new Wilson Audio Alexia 2s.

I’d only sunk into a chair for a short time when my oxygen-starved brain began to process the sounds coming out of the new Alexias ($57,900 USD).… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Wyred 4 Sound, Acoustic Zen combine for sonic harmony

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

Robert Lee tends to exhibit his well-regarded Acoustic Zen speakers at shows with an ever-changing list of electronics partners. Despite the diverse group of components — tubes, solid-state, Class A, Class D — he never fails to make a good sound.

The Zen master may have found his best match yet at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Lee, who’s based in California, teamed up with another Sunshine State manufacturer, Wyred 4 Sound.

Lee paired his flagship Maestro speakers ($43,000/pair USD) with a rack of gear from Wyred that included no fewer than four new products.… Read the full article

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