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CAF 2018: Odyssey Audio; A punch in the face that feels great

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


Klaus Bunge of Odyssey Audio is a one man circus of personality, high-end sound, and high-end value. Together with VPI Industries, and Symphonic Line we get a healthy dose of what might be Klaus’ highest-end speaker achievement yet. Don’t worry, the value aspect remains the same.


Entering the darkest room of the show, I “marco-polo” my way over to Klaus. We talk a bit and he offers to give me center seat, and fire up a few records that we’ve heard before last year in this same room.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Sound Insight, GT Audio Works, Pass Labs, Semper Sonus, Esoteric, Triode Wire Labs, ATS Acoustics

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


Sound Insight made the subs, GT Audio Works made the speakers, Pass Labs made gobs of power, Semper Sonus provides the mechanical wizardry, Esoteric and Vu Jade Audio kept things nice and dark, while Triode Wire Labs and ATS Acoustics kept everything in check.


Sound Insight is a New York state dealer with two showrooms in Long Island; one in Massapequa, and the other in Huntington. Here at Capital Audiofest, stood one of the companies greatest contributions to hi-fi.

The GT Audio Works GTA3R planar ribbon loudspeakers use a proprietary membrane, and no crossover.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Zu Audio, Mytek, MoFi, HiFi Logic; Always right on time

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |


Zu Audio brings two pairs, Mytek Digital amplifies the Brooklyn sound, MoFi Electronics spins wax, and HiFi Logic takes us on a musical journey.


Koby Koranteng of HiFi Logic was on hand to play record selector, and guide throughout our musical journey. Koby is famous for breaking down the history behind the grooves. His enthusiastic presentation was as enjoyable as the records selected and played. Wind him up, and let him go. You’ll have a good time.


Our journey of sound, took us on a tour of many west and north African rock groups of the ‘70s and ‘80s.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: The Vinyl Revivers, MyTek, Accuphase, Sonner Audio; A sound I would love to come home to

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


The Vinyl Revivers bring value to the game, MyTek brings a big apple, Accuphase reminds me of my childhood, and Sonner Audio definitely is the all joining smooth one.


The Vinyl Revivers is a passion project created by Russ Katz. Russ is a music lover, whose passion for involved listening runs deep. Delving into his childhood experiences of listening to music of all genres with his father and mother, his devotion to good sound and attentive listening experiences show through in his cultivation of high-end audio products.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Fritz Speakers, ModWright Instruments, Zu Audio, Fern & Roby; The cool kids room

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


Fritz Speakers prove their versatility, ModWright Instruments exhibits choice sound, Fern & Roby spin a few tunes, and Zu Audio ties it all together.


The Fritz speakers are quite legendary in online audio forums, and even specifically among our review staff. John Richardson recently reviewed the Fritz Carrera 7 BE monitors, and by the end of it all Fritz Speakers walked away with an Editor’s Choice Award. So I was excited to add the Fritz / ModWright room to my list of show coverage.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Vanatoo; Transparent Zero and One Encore

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


My first encounter with Vanatoo self-powered speaker systems began here at Capital Audiofest 2014, of which we shall all do our best to forget that was well before my Part-Time Audiophile days, and near the end of my “mobile saloon” days. For the proper story on that, see Mark Sossa of Well Pleased A|V.

Back to the self-powered speakers. Originally I heard a pair of Vanatoo speakers and I was wowed at how large they sounded. Clean and clear bass, smooth treble, and imaging you don’t expect from nearfield or desktop speakers.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: The Conion C-100F Boombox Rocks the Washington D.C. Hilton Lobby

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


(pictured behind) Gary Gill – principle face, personality, and show-runner of Capital Audiofest

The Conion C-100F is a Japanese made Stereo 4-band FM/AM Tuner, Double Cassette Recorder Boombox. At nearly 30” wide, 16” tall, 8” deep and weighing 22lbs, this is a boombox of gargantuan size, with booming sonics, and dripping with deliciously gaudy ‘80s swag.

Produced in the early 1980’s by a sub-company of the Coney Onkyo Corporation of Japan, the C-100F has been seen on (or in) everything from album covers, to music videos, and more recently — clothing.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Black Ice Audio (Jolida); A name, and new designs from Jim Fosgate

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Jim Fosgate is a name as well known in Hi-Fi circles as it is in the world of car audio, television, and movies. Jim is known for inventing the first car audio amplifier in 1973, and for founding Fosgate Electronics, which is now called Rockford Fosgate. His other project Fosgate Laboratories created something called Dolby Pro Logic II, which you might know as five channel surround sound, and for inventing Jim received a special Emmy. Jim was also the developer of one of the finest quadraphonic decoders ever produced, the TATE II 101A SQ Quadraphonic / Surround Stereo Processor.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: LinnenberG, QLN, Aqua Acoustic Quality, Innuos, GigaWatt, SGR, Swiss Cables; from Well Pleased A|V

By | November 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |


LinnenberG shows us that Ruhr valley sound, QLN gets our name right, Aqua Acoustic Quality goes all optological on us, Innuos gives us our moment of Zen, GigaWatt whips the power into shape, SGR HiFi Racks hold things up and yet still get us there on time, and Swiss Cables leave no holes in the signal.


The room could be best described; A seven brand volley of sound, from American “super-distributor” Mark Sossa at Well Pleased A|V. What Mark does to curate the best gear around is still a mystery to me.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: Old Forge Audio, Wand, Pure Audio, Acapella; An addiction you don’t want to beat

By | November 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


Old Forge Audio learns us about coming home, Wand shows us its magic powers, EMT lets loose the juice, Pure Audio shows us how to “push”, and Acapella Audio Arts sings like a church choir.


David Cope of Old Forge Audio has tried stepping away from two-channel audio. Maybe he thought it would be easy? At this moment in the story, feel free to take a few minutes and laugh at that thought. Okay, maybe after David retired from Audio Note UK in 2016, the decision to open a small recording studio that solely focused on capturing genuinely live recorded music using exclusively: ribbon microphones, tube electronics, and half-inch tape — isn’t exactly leaving two channel audio.… Read the full article

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