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BREAKING: Qobuz says “No” to MP3 in Move to All Music, One Price Plan, Studio Premier | NYAS 2019

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Qobuz Studio Premier NYAS 2019

NEW YORK (PTA) — It’s the biggest news coming out of Qobuz USA since their launch in February 2019. Qobuz USA Managing Director Dan Mackta, Qobuz USA Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist David Solomon, and the rest of the Qobuz USA team delivered a major announcement and press conference at the New York Audio Show on earlier on Friday at 2pm. So this news is extremely fresh.

The press conference was streamed LIVE on Qobuz USA’s Facebook page: linked HERE.… Read the full article

Sanders Sound Magtech Mono Amplifiers Review

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

The opportunity to review Roger Sanders’ products practically came overnight when a local audiophile called and said his demo period was over and Roger had agreed the Magtech Mono Amplifiers could be hauled to my place. An extended listening proved them worthy of public comment.

This is a somewhat abbreviated article in which I forego the peripheral accouterments of a review in favor of a leaner approach. I normally discuss much of the designer/manufacturer’s background and philosophy. I also typically build several systems with various configurations.

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dCS Bartok DAC, Part One | Review

By | October 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

dCS Bartok

Love those smooth, clean lines on the dCS Bartok

Every once and a while, a product will turn up at the house for review that is so special, it changes what I understand to be possible for an audio component. And let’s face it; most of us don’t have anything resembling “unlimited budgets”, so finding something magical at a price you might (barely/one day/maybe-possibly) afford can make for a great day. For me, I found the dCS Bartok DAC to be just such an animal.… Read the full article

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Wyred 4 Sound mINT integrated amplifier Review

By | October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

I have always enjoyed attending the California Audio Show and feel it is worth the drive to Northern California to attend as much as I can. This year I had the opportunity to listen to a number of products that are not sold by my local retailers or are available only direct from the manufacturer. One company with a direct-to-consumer sales model is Wyred 4 Sound, based in the Central California city of Atascadero near San Luis Obispo. The owner, E.J.

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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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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

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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

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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.


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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

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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

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