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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018 kicks off this Friday

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Coming up fast…

Time is rapidly approaching for Vancouver-area audiophiles to get their sonic freak on with Hi-fi Centre  once again hosting the Vancouver Audio Festival which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. This year, Hi-Fi Centre owner Igor Kivritsky has helped to curate 10 demonstration areas featuring bleeding-edge high-fidelity equipment legends like Devialet, Focal, Naim, Bowers & Wilkins, Sonus Faber, McIntosh Labs, Clearaudio, and YG Acoustics to name but a few.

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Review: Whisky and Listening – Vertere SG-1 turntable, SME-V tonearm, and Koetsu Onyx Platinum

By | March 18th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Vertere SG-1 turntable.

Welcome to what I like to think of as a pinnacle of editorial writing in my small world, as it combines two of my favourite things to do: Have a glass of whisky, and kick back to listen to a couple of albums. A pastime I’m sure some of you out there can identify with. How on Earth did I stumble into such remarkable luck to turn this into a monthly article moving ahead? It’s possible because of the forward-thinking mind of Edward Ku at Element Acoustics.… Read the full article

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Magnepan 30.7 Demo Event at Hifi Centre

By | March 17th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Somnambulists.

A lot of them. Walking in circles, and randomly bumping into each other.

That’s what the Magnepan 30.7 demo event at Hifi Centre in Vancouver would have looked like if you peeked through the round window in the door to the room, and didn’t know what was going on. It was where Magnepan marketing manager Wendell Diller was hosting the demo event, and it was packed.

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Wendell Diller of Magnepan Inc. speaking at Hifi Centre last Saturday.

Luckily, I had been in the room when Diller gave his introduction to the company’s new flagship magnetic-planar loudspeakers, and understood why the 20-plus people inside the room where slowly shuffling all around it with slightly confused looks on their faces.… Read the full article

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The List: Five of the Best Power Amps in The World

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

Welcome to something new we’re going to try here on PTA thanks to our friend Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m going to be curating a new list every month featuring different categories of gear that I think you – our readers – have to hear under any circumstances you can arrange: beg, borrow, steal, drive for hours, hop a train, take a plane… you get what I’m saying. Price will not be a factor, with individual pieces on each list reflecting a spectrum of what I feel is the best.Read the full article

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Vivid Audio Giya G1 Series 2 listening session at Element Acoustics

By | March 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Smiling faces.

A small sea of them, all looking happy, swaying to the music that was filling the room.

I had never in my life seen a dozen audiophiles smiling, and enjoying the same thing. Never. For an instant I was paralyzed with fear because I thought I was in an episode of the Twilight Zone, and Rod Serling’s voice would suddenly start narrating over the current scene… then I remembered where I was, and relaxed. A bit.… Read the full article

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DVL Album of the Month for February – Traffic

By | March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

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DVL Album of the Month for January – Arum Rae

By | February 4th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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

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Bryston takes steady aim at active-loudspeaker market with new flagship models

By | January 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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The Bryston Middle T system.

Canadian high-fidelity manufacturing stalwart, and 20-year warranty legends Bryston have just showcased their new top-of-the-line active loudspeaker systems, and amplifiers. The new systems include three speaker models – Model T Active, Middle T Active, Mini T Active) and two amplification solutions (21B3 mono blocks, 24B3 six-channel, single chassis). All speakers are equipped with BAX-1 DSP active crossovers which takes the full-range amp signal, and divvies it up into three-way, corrected signals (treble, mids, bass) that can be user-adjusted to tweak bass response.… Read the full article

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DVL Album of the Month for December – Murray Head

By | January 1st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

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The List: Five of the Best Phono Cartridges in The World

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to something new we’re going to try here on PTA thanks to our friend Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m going to be curating a new list every month featuring different categories of gear that I think you – our readers – have to hear under any circumstances you can arrange: beg, borrow, steal, drive for hours, hop a train, take a plane… you get what I’m saying. Price will not be a factor, with individual pieces on each list reflecting a spectrum of what I feel is the best.Read the full article

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