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Wilson Audio Sasha DAW with dCS Bartók DAC | First Listen

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

Brian Berdan, owner of Audio Element in Pasadena California grew up in a household filled with music, his late father was a well known hi-fi  dealer, so I can suspect that he had some killer vintage gear to play around with.  Brian’s first pair of Wilson Audio Speakers were a pair of Wilson Watt 2/Puppy 1 loudspeakers that began his Wilson journey and which he still owns today.  As Brian and his wife Jennifer geared up to celebrate Audio Element’s 5th anniversary this month, it couldn’t have been better timing with a debut of the Wilson Audio Sasha DAW speakers.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Zesto Audio’s Feast for the Ears and Eyes

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

Zesto Audio wins the award, if there is such a thing, for the most beautiful system at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

It’s rare to see this level of commitment to the visual impact of an entire system, especially since hi-fi show exhibits are usually put together to maximize sound quality, but the Zesto room was astonishingly gorgeous with its unified black, silver and chrome motif. The curved, mirrored face plates were striking because they amplified the glow of the tubes and, in a stroke of design genius, they did not reflect the potentially obnoxious image of gobsmacked audiophiles enjoying the incredible view.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Vimberg, Tidal, Transfiguration

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

As I’ve mentioned, it’s been a while since I’ve been to a high-end audio show—almost two years, to be exact. I exhibited for the last time at AXPONA back in 2017, which means I was stuck in my room for most of the show, but I made time one special visit due to the incredible buzz I was hearing. That room, of course, belonged to Doug White, proprietor of the Philadelphia-area dealership The Voice That Is. I wanted to hear Tidal Audio speakers and electronics from Germany in all their splendor, and I also wanted to visit my good friend and fellow importer Bob Clarke who brought a new Transfiguration Orpheus phono cartridge along for the ride.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Joseph Audio, Doshi Audio, Cardas and the Rest of Your Life

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

Early on the morning of the first day of RMAF, Scot Hull and I got on the subject of ideal yet practical loudspeakers. Or, as I eventually put it, the speakers we would own if we weren’t so obsessed about high-end audio and just needed something to enjoy for the rest of our lives. Both of us agreed on one speaker, in particular, the Joseph Audio Perspectives.

No more than an hour after that discussion, I found myself face to face with the $12,999/pair Perspectives.… Read the full article

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Wrapping up RMAF 2018 with Angela Cardas (& more)

By | October 14th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As RMAF 2018 drew to a close, I joined Angela Cardas in the Marriott hotel bar for a chat about her role as manager of Cardas Audio and what she thinks of the term ‘WAF’. Guess what! She’s “not a fan”. The way Cardas tells it, the days of audio shows being an escape from the family are over. Now is the time to include the family (as exemplified by Munich High-End).

Echoing this sentiment is Zu Audio‘s own RMAF 2018 reflection: “If it’s one thing exhibitors at these hi-fi shows need to do better is play music that more people want to hear—the days of playing ten safe cuts of pretty and impressive music are long gone.” The majority of exhibitors still pull from a shallow pool as beige as the name given to the refurbished Marriott’s bar: Pint Brothers.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Have you experienced the Joseph Audio room?

By | April 27th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Usually the big story from a room is about a new, hot product release, and yes there is that in Cardas’ new Clear Beyond XL high capacity power cable, which is intended for large high current tube or solid state amplifiers. And further with new product, there was the sneak preview of the Cardas Power Strip.

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However for me the story of the entire weekend has been our new venue for AXPONA. Everything is bigger. Well, not everything, the rooms are sometimes smaller.Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: The MUST SEE Rooms of Day Two

By | April 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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AXPONA 2018 Coverage brought to you by Zesto Audio

There are over 160 rooms and exhibits here at Axpona. Making this event the largest audio show in North America. For some this can be overwhelming and cause a bit of anxiety. But have no fear, the Part-Time Audiophile Dream Team of journalists, personalities, and humorists are ready to be your guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started and off on the right foot.

HHR Exotic Speakers are single driver full-range audio speakers and components based upon the Walsh Principal.Read the full article

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Joseph Audio, Doshi Audio, Cardas Audio: Unleash The Kraken – RMAF 2017

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

by Eric Shook

My first favorite room of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

For the first two days of RMAF, the Joseph Audio Pearl 3 ($31,500 USD) and Doshi Audio army of components, consisting of Doshi’s: The V3.0 Tape Stage ($16,995 USD), The V3.0 R/C Line Stage ($16,995 USD), and a pair of The V3.0 Monoblock Amplifiers ($29,995 USD) held the reigns of my favorite room at the show.

No other room at RMAF of equal size had the audible sense of space, depth, and imaging abilities of the Joseph / Doshi exhibit.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Zesto’s tubes shine in the spotlight

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

George and Carolyn Counnas, proprietors of Zesto Audio, probably are pinching themselves frequently these days. For a small maker of tube gear that’s not much more than six years old, Zesto seems to be turning a lot of heads and pleasing quite a few ears.

laasIt’s not a dream, though. In the last two months alone, Zesto has appeared on the cover of Stereophile and the Absolute Sound, and garnered Best of Show honors at Audio Expo North America from Part-Time Audiophile.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Wilson Audio comes out in force, preps Alexia 2

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wilson Audio Specialties showed impressive strength in numbers at the 2017 Los Angeles Audio Show. Indeed, it was hard to walk very far in the five floors of stereo exhibits at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel without tripping over the company’s products.

laasOf course, I’m usually tripping over somebody’s gear, anyway. Room hosts tend to wince painfully or whisper prayers when I attempt to maneuver behind a speaker for a photo of a name badge or bass port.

Luckily, despite the fact that all these Wilson speakers often were connected with very formidable – and foot-catching – Transparent Audio or Cardas Audio cables, I managed to get my pics this time without ripping out a binding post or falling face-first into an exposed midrange.… Read the full article

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