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AXPONA 2018: Nick Doshi Builds a Time Machine

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A few months before AXPONA, Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio showed up at The Audio Company, a superb local hi-fi store in Marietta, Georgia.  The program was to show local audiophiles what tape machines could do with an excellent playback system featuring Nick’s well-regarded tape pre and a J-Corder modified tape deck. Using upper-end Focal speakers and Constellation gear, the sound quality was superb and I believe it really opened some minds on what good tape playback can offer. In short, a good tape rig easily remains the best analog playback we have today.… Read the full article

AXPONA 2018: Have you experienced the Joseph Audio room?

By | April 27th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Usually the big story from a room is about a new, hot product release, and yes there is that in Cardas’ new Clear Beyond XL high capacity power cable, which is intended for large high current tube or solid state amplifiers. And further with new product, there was the sneak preview of the Cardas Power Strip.

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However for me the story of the entire weekend has been our new venue for AXPONA. Everything is bigger. Well, not everything, the rooms are sometimes smaller.Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Wilson and friends – 4 rooms, 4 delicious flavours….

By | April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Audiophiles can’t always agree on what tastes delicious. Maybe you like tubes, solid state, digital, or pure analog… 31 flavours can’t do it justice, but there is something for everyone.

Chicago based Quintessence Audio and Michigan based Paragon Sight and Sound worked together to put on an a test drive of four different Wilson Audio Speakers in very different setups. From entry to extreme, analog to digital, there was something that tasted delicious for everyone. WE LOVED this idea and hope to see it again at future shows.… Read the full article

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Capital Audiofest 2017: Joseph Audio with Bel Canto and Doshi

By | December 14th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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At the door to welcome me into the Joseph Audio room was Jeff Joseph himself, a top-tier designer of high-quality speakers and long-time audio show veteran.  Mr. Joseph has been around the block a few times, and as such tends to get great sound at shows.  This year was no exception, with Joseph showcasing his exquisite looking Perspective floor-standing speakers, retailing at $13,000 USD per pair.  Supplying the tunes was an old-school Studer reel-to-reel deck feeding a Doshi Audio preamplifier/tape preamp which in turn was driving a pair of Bel Canto Ref 500m monoblock amps.… Read the full article

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Joseph Audio, Doshi Audio, Cardas Audio: Unleash The Kraken – RMAF 2017

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

by Eric Shook

My first favorite room of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

For the first two days of RMAF, the Joseph Audio Pearl 3 ($31,500 USD) and Doshi Audio army of components, consisting of Doshi’s: The V3.0 Tape Stage ($16,995 USD), The V3.0 R/C Line Stage ($16,995 USD), and a pair of The V3.0 Monoblock Amplifiers ($29,995 USD) held the reigns of my favorite room at the show.

No other room at RMAF of equal size had the audible sense of space, depth, and imaging abilities of the Joseph / Doshi exhibit.… Read the full article

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Doshi Audio V3.0 Tapestage: Choices, Choices, Choices

By | July 15th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

To go reel-to-reel tape or high resolution digital? That was the question facing this basically all analog person some ten years ago. No, there wasn’t a lot of tape software available at the time but the same held true for high-rez digital too. Not to mention that digital playback technology was (still is?) changing from week-to-week and the powers to be couldn’t even decide on a viable format (PCM vs. DSD). They still haven’t. After carefully weighing all my options—and despite the paucity of software at the time—it was time to take that leap of faith into the tape world.… Read the full article

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Magico S5 Mk. 2 Loudspeakers: A New Classic

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Speakers—out of all the components in the audio chain— have seen the biggest advancements in performance over the last couple of years. Cabinet design. Driver design. Enclosure and driver materials. Computerized speaker design and crossover modelling. In house machining and construction. These factors and a few more have gone a long way to elevating high-end speaker performance a couple of notches as heard here with the new Magico S5 Mk. 2 Loudspeakers.

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Magico, based out of Hayward, CA is one of the companies at the cutting edge of this revolution in high-end audio speaker design.… Read the full article

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