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dCS Network Bridge and Vivaldi DAC receive MQA and juice my streaming

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ever since I reviewed the dCS Network Bridge a year ago,  I’ve been enjoying a lot more digital music. YES, I still prefer dropping the needle but the convenience of a dCS Network Bridge + dCS Vivaldi DAC + ROON is tough to beat.

I find myself re-discovering CDs I ripped years ago, but more often on the hunt for more high resolution music.  Its been a bit of a disease, each Friday around 4pm, heading over to www.superhirez.com to look for what new music was released that week. … Read the full article

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Wavelength Ethernet Spacelator | RMAF 2018

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

Wavelength Ethernet Spacelator prototype

Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio is no stranger to controversy. He’s the guy that single-handedly brought computer-based audio into the realm of high-fidelity with “asynchronous USB”, and most such products today either use his work or leverages his ideas. That’s a nice way of saying that he had to slog through an unending bog of nonsense from partially informed but fully opinionated audiophiles that have, at various times, hailed him as both heretic and hero. So, when he introduces a new product like the “Wavelength Ethernet Spacelator”, you just have to cringe along with him.… Read the full article

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CEDIA 2018: Gryphon Audio Designs whisks us away with Joseph Cali

By | September 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

During my time in the Magic Bus listening to hi-rez with Jon Whitledge, he mentioned that Phillip O’Hanlon, President of On A Higher Note Audio was in town and had setup one of his legendary rooms at a nearby hotel. Early on day two, I took a break from the show floor and made my way over to the Hilton Bayshore across from the Convention Center. Based on the Facebook event details, I was looking for Presidents Suite 458 and was ready to listen to some Gryphon Audio.… Read the full article

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Bricasti M1 Review: Balancing Head and Heart

By | September 16th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Bricasti M1

Looking at the Bricasti M1 reminds me of one of the coolest perks of reviewing high-end audio equipment: I get to hear lots of different types of gear in the comfort and familiarity of my own listening room. I love mixing and matching different pieces, trying to get the best out of each component that I evaluate. Even so, there are very few “aha” moments in this game for me; much of the gear I get to review is very good, indeed, and a lot of it seems to be converging to a common level of audio excellence.… Read the full article

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Signature Digital and USB interconnects get new, improved ARAY technology

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Chord Company|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New Signature Digital and Signature USB interconnects get new, improved ARAY tech
Signature range digital cables benefit from new refinements and the latest Tuned ARAY developments

20 years after the original Signature line-up was first introduced, we have launched new and improved versions of two popular digital cables from the high-performance Signature range. The new UK-built Signature Super ARAY Digital and Signature Super ARAY USB interconnects both feature the latest version of our unique Tuned ARAY conductor geometry (Super ARAY), plus a number of design and construction improvements.… Read the full article

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Beguiling Digital: Audio Note UK DAC 2.1x Signature

By | July 7th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I wanted to share a few notes about the Audio Note UK DAC 2.1x Signature that Mr. Q sent along with the CDT-Two/II transport that I so greatly admired.

The US price for the DAC2.1x Signature is $4,900. Like the transport, this DAC sits about mid-way through their “level” of digital converter products. It includes the AN “secret sauce” componentry, including Black Gate caps, Tantalum resistors, a choke-regulated and tube rectified power supply, as well as the separate mains transformer and a transformer-based digital input.… Read the full article

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Digital Throwback: Audio Note UK CDT-Two/II CD Transport

By | July 6th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

CD transports are passé. Boring. Irrelevant. So … yesterday. Now, if only someone would tell that to the 5,000+ shiny silver discs I have all over my house.

Yes, sure – I most certainly can rip my entire CD collection. And yes, I can even acquire one of those systems that will let me pop in a just-found thrift-shop treasure and it will automagically rip, label, tag and store it for me (and someday, I do mean to check out Antipodes and Innuous) so that I can use it with Roon.… Read the full article

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Upcoming Review: NAD 50.2 Digital Music Player

By | June 19th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , |

Upcoming Review by Steve Graham

And now, for something completely different –  The NAD 50.2 Digital Music Player

In a complete about-face from the LP groove I’ve been in lately, a NAD 50.2 Digital Music Player has taken up residence in my system.  Before you analogists start sending off nastygrams to my long-suffering editor, please note that no records or turntables were damaged, abused or displaced during this process.

My ancient, but well-loved, Cambridge 840C CD player has been getting creakier by the day.  Read the full article

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PS Audio Sprout100 integrated amplifier Review

By | June 15th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If PS Audio’s Sprout100 has all the answers, you can just imagine the questions.

I cannot tell you the number of times aspiring audiophiles and existing ones who share my penchant for travel ask me online and in person to make recommendations for them. And, what they have all in common is their particular criteria that it be something they:

  1. Can be proud of around their friends and audiophiles (I have to chuckle that the two seem to be mutually exclusive)
  2. Will not break the bank
  3. Can make their office/secondary solution
  4. Will travel well nationally and internationally

The Sprout100 ticks all the boxes and then some.

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The Occasional Magazine – Spring 2018 Edition

By | June 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY OF OUR BRAND NEW SPRING EDITION HERE

It’s June, it’s back and it’s better than ever… I’m talking about 120 pages in the Spring Edition of The Occasional magazine.

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It is chocked full of all the things we as audiophiles like to fill our lives with when we are not just listening to music. I’m talking about photography, fast cars, fine gins, dark beers, gear reviews and opinion pieces on technology and where this hobby is going.

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While I feel that this is my best effort yet at curating some of the shiny facets that make up our small corner of this world, it’s also, unfortunately, my last effort here at Part-Time Audiophile.

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