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D’Agostino Relentless Listening at Alma Audio

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

It is just a quick day trip down to San Diego via the Pacific Surfliner Rail Car from Los Angeles. The good news is that the seats on the train fair much better than any general airline could muster and the weather was still massively pleasant despite the recent fire devastation in northern LA that had been reeking havoc on the air quality for over a week… which wasn’t very “quality” to begin with in the first place.

Today’s premeditated destination was Alma Music and Audio, just north of the downtown area of SD.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: A Critical Eye

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

I have completely bought into the music reproduction industry ever since I heard the difference between lamp cord as speaker wire and Monster brand wire oh so many years ago. Yes, I built Heathkit and Eico kits when I was a teenager in the middle 60’s, but really had no idea what was really going on.

During this time I was developing my ear for music. Big band and classical when I was alone, and rock when friends came over, as well as getting an inkling of how the music sounded different through different types of components and wire.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Lee’s Best of Show

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was really burned out from a long work week at nearby Northwestern University.  I was so looking forward to AXPONA as the medicine to my working man blues.  The only thing stopping me was insane traffic between Evanston and Schaumburg where the new hotel venue was. This was post-apocalyptic Atlanta traffic.  But finally we arrived and it was worth the hassle. AXPONA was really superb this year.  The Renaissance Center staff was friendly and the venue was beautiful.  Very spacious, it took getting used to but the second floor had lots of conversation pits and the food was generally good. 

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Totem Acoustics with Bret D’agostino – CES 2017

By | January 19th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

by Rafe Arnott

The sad passing of amplifier-designer Bret D’agostino (eldest son of amplifier scion Dan D’agostino) in early January made hearing his latest M5 mono-block power amplifiers, and Reference L5 stereo pre-amplifier paired with Totem Acoustics Element Metal floorstanding loudspeakers a bittersweet affair at CES this year.

Bret’s latest pre-amp design focuses on isolating the power-supply, control system, and audio circuitry sections to the point that he created three separate chassis comprised of individual machined-aluminum enclosures that are mounted on one solid-aluminum platform for the L5.… Read the full article

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High End 2016: A Colossus in the move, the Fine Sounds Group

By | June 19th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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This is less of a show report and more of an industry overview, or better a few random thoughts.

Fine Sounds Group has gotten so big that it really offers less live sessions and more power demonstrations. Power deriving from the fact that it holds nothing less than four or five of the most prestigious audio brands of this industry, namely Audio Research, McIntosh, Sonus Faber, Wadia and Sumiko. They have headquarters in Europe, the States and Asia with distributors in all continents with the exception of the Antartic .… How’s that for global presence?… Read the full article

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High End 2016: dCS (and just about everyone else) goes Roon ready

By | June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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dCS had another great show, as a matter of fact I cannot recall of a poor show for dCS in recent times, not even a mediocre one for the matter. Similar to last year’s set up, there were Wilson Alexia speakers with D’Agostino Momentum power amplifiers and Transparent cables (the ones with the attached BBQ grill).

dCS brought the upgraded 2.0 Vivaldi stack which now has new digital filters with 2x DSD upsampling, network capability, improved clocking, new USB receiver hardware, new control app, new you-name-it.… Read the full article

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