September 2019
« Aug    
>> Breadcrumb :/Tag:Digital

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

Comments Off on Sparkler Audio Spiral, Ether | Review

Final Touch Audio Cables | Review

By | August 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Final Touch Audio Callisto

Before I get to the Final Touch Audio cables, I have to confess. Or maybe just explain how and why this happened, and caveat the whole thing with this: “Sometimes in life, good things just happen.” In our hobby, many discussions (maybe even most) occur around the HiFi related accessories, aka “tweaks”, and many of audiophiles classify audio cables into this group. Many hold to the claim that “cables don’t make any real-world difference in sound quality”, so they use basic cables, while others believe that they do (or can) make a big difference in their systems.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Final Touch Audio Cables | Review

TotalDAC USB Gigafilter | Review

By | August 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

TotalDAC USB Gigafilter

Digital is dicey

Looking at the totalDAC USB Gigafilter, you ask questions. Digital is supposed to be straightforward: ones and zeroes coded as “Hi” and “Lo” voltage signals, all marching forward in a straight line like kindergarteners to the bathroom. That’s pretty much it, right?

The complexities of vinyl playback, in contrast, are easy to understand. Move that cartridge in any direction, and you affect the way the tip of the stylus hits the grooves … Which in turn affects the sound.… Read the full article

Comments Off on TotalDAC USB Gigafilter | Review

New Epic USB digital audio interconnect

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: Chord Company|Tags: , , , , , |

The latest addition to our digital family is a high performance USB cable, designed to bridge the gap between the Shawline and Signature ranges.

Chord Company Epic USB digital audio interconnect. A high performance hi-fi cable, intended for use with digital music sources, this product benefits from the unique Chord Co Tuned ARAY conductor technology and enhanced screening/shielding materials that help to reduce interference.


The post New Epic USB digital audio interconnect appeared first on The Chord Company.… Read the full article

Comments Off on New Epic USB digital audio interconnect

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

Comments Off on Vinnie Rossi LIO | Review

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

Comments Off on Cocktail Audio X45 Pro Music Player/DAC | Review

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.

Read the full article

Comments Off on Audio Blast: Exogal Ion PowerDAC with HyperDrive Upgrade

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.

Read the full article

Comments Off on Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs unleashes Element 114 stereo power amplifier

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

Comments Off on Bricasti M1 Limited Edition DAC | Review

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

Comments Off on Florida 2019: Legacy Audio