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Pikefruit, Sprig | The Vinyl Anachronist

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

Album cover - Pikefruit Sprig

Welcome! You’ve made the transition from The Vinyl Anachronist blog, which I’ve been writing since 2010, to the new Vinyl Anachronist section of the Part-Time Audiophile website. I’ve been contemplating my first music review in this format, and I’ve decided on this, Pikefruit’s Sprig, because I listened to this EP yesterday for the first time on a newly-assembled review system featuring the EgglestonWorks Emma EVO loudspeakers and a Luxman LX-380 integrated amplifier. As I was fine-tuning everything, I grabbed this CD with its relatively low-key cover and slipped it into my CD transport and pressed play.… Read the full article

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Qobuz x Electronica for Audiophiles

By | September 27th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

French streaming service Qobuz will soon launch in the USA. On sound quality, their standard tier is similar to Apple Music or Spotify: lossy compressed that’s called lossy for a reason. Of greater interest/import to those who care for greater audio nourishment is Qobuz’s Hifi tiers that offers CD-quality streaming – no data is thrown away. For hi-res fanciers upping to Qobuz’s Sublime tier, data rates are higher than Tidal’s MQA-powered Masters streaming but call for no MQA-capable DAC.

Whatever your streaming quality preference, there exist numerous ways in which to listen to Qobuz at home or on the go.… Read the full article

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Electronica for audiophiles (Part 8 – Ignoreland)

By | February 17th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Electronic music doesn’t enjoy a great deal of playtime in audiophile circles. Why? Maybe it’s snobbery? Maybe it’s a lack of exposure. Maybe it’s preconceptions of mindlessness? That so-called mindlessness is a feature, not a bug. Fresh converts might be made if only the properly curious were pointed in the direction of what’s good — examples of IDM/techno/ambient/electronica that are simultaneously intellectual, arty and enjoyable.

I feature large helpings of electronic music in my hardware reviews and I pen the ‘Electronica for Audiophiles’ annual:

Electronica for audiophiles – Part 1

Electronica for audiophiles – Part 2

Electronica for audiophiles – Part 3

Electronica for audiophiles – Part 4

Electronica for audiophiles – 303 edition

Electronica for audiophiles – Bandcamp edition

Part 7 featured some fairly robust material.… Read the full article

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Electronica for audiophiles (Part 7)

By | December 16th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , |

Over a pork knuckle in January, I enthused to a friend about DJ Hell’s collaborative work with P. Diddy (“The DJ”) and Bryan Ferry (“U Can Dance”) – two standout tracks from the veteran German producer’s 2009 album, Teufelswerk. English translation: Devil’s work. Eight years on, the remainder of that 2CD set still whiffs of bland. My dining partner agreed but not before admitting “I know him…Helmut…Hell”. Hmmm.

A month or so later, that same friend pushed a YouTube clip to Facebook.… Read the full article

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Electronica for audiophiles – Bandcamp Edition

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

The reasons to dig Bandcamp are numerous – here are five for starters:

1. Bandcamp is a platform that enables artists to sell their music to fans directly. The company takes 15% on digital sales (which drops to 10% once total artist revenue hits US$5000) and 10% on merchandise. That’s a long way south of Apple’s 30%. Artists retain ownership rights on all music sold through their Bandcamp microsite.

2. Bandcamp doesn’t deal only in MP3s. Artists upload their work in a lossless format and the Bandcamp back-end executes any file transcoding at time of download where we get a choice of lossy (MP3, AAC) or lossless (wav, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis).… Read the full article

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