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Human after all: the ModWright-modded OPPO UDP-205

By | March 5th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Simplicity – does your system have it? Do you wish it did? I recall the good old days when my entire playback chain consisted of one box. All I wanted/needed back then was a CD player, and I rambled my way through many of the best available at the time: Sony, Krell, McIntosh, Wadia, Lector, Meridian, Electrocompaniet, Simaudio, Linn, and Esoteric. I routinely gave my vinyl-loving friends a hard time about how many components they needed – table, tonearm, cartridge, stylus, phono stage, etc – and how complex it was to achieve an optimal setup.… Read the full article

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A visit to Hawaii’s oldest record store: Hungry Ear Records

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

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Sun, sand, vinyl.

It was sun tan lotion, and fresh rain… no wait, tropical flowers. Errr, maybe a whiff of roasting meat on a BBQ mixed in too?

This is what greeted my nose upon disembarking from the plane that had just landed in Honolulu, Hawaii. A pastiche of wonderful aromas that instantly switched my internal gears into chill out mode. I had headed to the island of Oahu in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for some much needed R&R, and to also to get a firsthand whiff of what the remote paradise offered for crate digging alá vinyl, and CD.… Read the full article

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McIntosh MCT500: New flagship SACD/CD Transport launched

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

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Look ma, no analog outs: The McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport.

The hits keep coming from McIntosh Labs.

Apparently the iconic American high-fidelity company can’t stop itself from launching new products, something you won’t hear any complaints from me about.

The latest announcement from the Binghampton, New York-based manufacturer concerns their new flagship SACD/CD Transport, namely the MCT500 which is an digital-out only player with optical, coaxial, balanced XLR, and McIntosh proprietary MCT connector: no analog out here folks, everything stays in the domain of ones, and zeros.… Read the full article

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