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Sparkler Audio Spiral, Ether | Review

By | August 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sparkler Audio Spiral

A Box of Sparklers

My introduction to the wares of Sparkler Audio (website) was through the 2017 and 2018 Capital Audiofest shows. There, I’d made note of Sparker’s quirky Spiral compact disc player, which had been featured in both the Charney Audio and VK Music rooms. Given that I had really enjoyed the sound in these rooms at both shows, I was determined to put Sparker Audio on my “to do” radar. That little CD player just kept tugging at me, as I had been considering getting a disc spinner after listening extensively to computer audio for a good ten years running.… Read the full article

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A short film about CD playback w/ Hegel, PS Audio & Pro-Ject

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Life begins at forty? Not for the Compact Disc. The CD format was co-developed by Sony and Philips in 1979 but wasn’t shown to the public until 1982. The format picked up steam throughout the eighties to become the number one mainstream choice by 1990. Twenty-five years later, the CD is the music format equivalent of smoking indoors, its mid-nineties heyday as remote as a Counting Crows b-sides compilation.

CD sales have been in steep decline since 2008, giving way first to downloads and then to the now ubiquitous/dominant streaming services.… Read the full article

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Rotel’s CD11: there’s life in the old digital dog yet

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Global CD sales dropped almost 19% in 2019 whilst vinyl sales grew by 12%. The headline? Vinyl is back. CDs are dying. End of story.

Not so fast. It’s often the most easily digestible narrative that grabs our attention. The numbers behind those percentage point deltas remind us that CDs outsold vinyl 6:1 in 2019; 9.7 million vinyl records and 60 million CDs were sold worldwide last year. It might still be half a decade before we see CD sales fall below that of vinyl in absolute terms.… Read the full article

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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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