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Vinnie Rossi LIO | Review

By | June 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Steve Folberg

The Vinnie Rossi LIO

I couldn’t be more pleased about once again reviewing an integrated amplifier for Part-Time Audiophile, especially since I’m currently searching for an integrated amp for my own system. If you want to know why I’m set on an integrated rather than separates, my PTA review of the Luxman L-550AX II, a physically gorgeous amplifier that made some impressively beautiful music in my system. I was, in fact, quite reluctant to pack that baby up and ship it back to Luxman USA, if for no other reason (and there were others) than how much I admired its swanky looks and luscious sounding phono stage.… Read the full article

Cocktail Audio X45 Pro Music Player/DAC | Review

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

by Steve Marsh

Introduction: Cocktail Audio X45 Pro

I spend most of my time listening to vinyl rather than digital.  I have a lot invested in my analog front end and the musical satisfaction I get from it is quite complete.  The one big drawback, of course, is that a lot of new music is not available on vinyl.  At the beginning of my efforts to switch from the dying CD player technology to a more modern digital solution, I dabbled with computer audio, purchasing Amarra software and playing files with various USB DACs I was able to audition. … Read the full article

Audio Blast: Exogal Ion PowerDAC with HyperDrive Upgrade

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

Also read Doug’s Exogal Comet DAC Review (2015) and Exogal Ion PowerDAC Review (2016)

When my Dutch friend and ski instructor, Marty, taught me downhill skiing I was quite intense and asked him to take me to successively more challenging slopes. Starting at age 27, in three brief seasons I went from novice to skiing black diamond moguls in the Canadian Rockies. A large part of that involved blowing up, falling. I fell a lot. At one point I was frustrated and said to him, “I’m doing a lot of falling,” as I thought the falling should decrease with experience.

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Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs unleashes Element 114 stereo power amplifier

By | May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

Worlds ultra-fast power transistor Gallium Nitride (GaN) used again on 3rdPower Amplifier from Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC

Berndsville, New Jersey, USA – Zero Feedback, Zero Dead time and bottomless noise floor using Gallium Nitride (GaN) transistors on the ELEMENT 114 Stereo Power Amplifiers from Merrill Audio make it simply one of the best amplifiers available. Merrill Audio is very excited to release this new advanced technology at a lower price point. Utilizing trickle down technology from the award winning ELEMENT 118 and ELEMENT 116 Monoblock Power Amplifiers released last year.

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Bricasti M1 Limited Edition DAC | Review

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

Before I start, I should just confess that the Bricasti M1 Limited Edition (aka, The Golden Gun*) has been my personal DAC reference for the past two years. It is, quite simply, the best-sounding all-around digital converter that I’ve had in-house.

To anyone who says otherwise — it’s pistols at dawn.

Just call me “Scaramanga”

As you may or may not recall, computer audio is how I got into this mess got started with this website in the first place.… Read the full article

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Florida 2019: Legacy Audio

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

It seems like Qobuz is everywhere these days.  A virtual, er, tidal wave of promotion led by my pal David Solomon. I walked into the Legacy Audio room and off to the side, some sweet music was playing.  I walked in and Bill Duddleston and David were there with the stand-mount Calibres doing some set up.  David left soon after, and after some reconfiguration, Bill got the music going playing a mostly hirez playlist he had created in Qobuz.  These were his passiive Calibre speakers at $5,500 and they were connected to the Wavelet processor ($4,950) that also does DSP on the room and the PowerBloc2 amplifier ($1,800).  … Read the full article

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NAD Introduces D 3045 Hybrid Digital DAC/Amplifier

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

Combines the Best of Both Worlds for High-Res Digital and Vinyl Enthusiasts

NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home audio and video products, announced a feature-packed HybridDigitalDAC/Amplifier showcasing many of the company’s advanced audio technologies.

Designed to appeal to the most ardent hi-res digital and vinyl enthusiasts, the D 3045 has it all: HybridDigital 60W per channel amplifier, Asynchronous USB 24/192 Input, support for MQA and DSD, two way Bluetooth powered by aptX HD and a high quality moving magnet phono stage, all in a compact size that can be used either vertically or horizontally.

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Qobuz is My Funny Valentine

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

Times up, waits over, let the queuing begin! Qobuz (website), the European music streaming service, is finally here and is set to challenge Tidal on its home turf — sound quality. But unlike Tidal, Qobuz is all about high-resolution audio, up to and including streaming music at up to 192kHz without requiring MQA and the associated hardware and software. Here’s the kicker: it sounds great. Perhaps because Qobuz has been a long time to come, but to me, the platform seems very stable.… Read the full article

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CES 2019: Tape and Digital | Nagra elevates our listening experience

By | January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Nagra‘s rooms are always on, and dialed to 11. They sneak up on you, and deliver a different something special each time. A must visit room at any audio show, Nagra always brings together three elements: a great system, fantastic music, and René Laflamme. René has a double role as Sales and Marketing Manager for Nagra America in addition to being a recording and mastering engineer at 2xHD.

René always treats us to something special that he mastered on a sexy Nagra reel to reel deck. … Read the full article

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Naim Uniti Atom All-In-One Audio System | Review

By | January 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

“All in one, and one for all!” Wait, what? Ha! You’ve just been introduced to my new tagline for Naim Audio’s nifty combined audio system, the Uniti Atom. It’s an all-in-one audio system, as in high-end meets lifestyle. As in “I want this thing, and so should everyone else.”

So let me explain…

I’ve dealt with combined audio systems before. I suppose I’m a bit biased against them, but for no good reason. Audiophile purist snobbery perhaps? Maybe my issues hearken back to my youth, when brick and mortar department stores like Montgomery Ward or J.… Read the full article

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