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CAF 2018: McGary Audio, Salk Signature Sound, Exogal, AntiCables; mouthwatering sound

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

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McGary Audio shows us what thirty watts can do, Salk Signature Sound gives us the BeAT, Exogal supplies the tunes, and AntiCables once again binds together one of the best sounding systems of the show.

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“Blindsided”, is a word I used in my show report notes. I know the Salk Signature Sound… sound, but to me the SONG 3 BeAT loudspeaker is something extra special. The new SONG 3 BeAT features a single Satori beryllium tweeter (Be) mounted atop an Audio Technology (AT) 4″ mid-range, while down below a 7.5″ woofer handles bass down to 33Hz.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Must See Rooms, Friday

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

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There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at Capital Audiofest … okay, okay, — I don’t know how many brands exactly, but it does seem like a lot this year. Which makes 2018’s event feel every bit like the “premier show of North America’s eastern coast”, that we often claim it to be. Fear not, as the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are here to be your surrogate audio show guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started off on the right foot.Read the full article

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All exhale: exaSound adds MQA, Exogal drops it

By | June 23rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

EX. exaSound exhorts. Exogal ex-communicates. exaSound extols. Exogal excludes. The subject? MQA.

exaSound. The Toronto-based company have announced an update to their popular e32 DAC. The MKII version surrounds an ESS Labs Sabre ES9028Pro chip with fully-balanced circuitry, (imminent) Roon Ready certification and enough trademarked noise- and jitter-reducing technologies to make iFi Digital or Devialet blush: ZeroJitter™ refers to the e32 MKII’s asynchronous ‘error correcting’ USB input; GalvanicInfinity™ to the USB input’s galvanic isolation; FemtoMaster™ to its four data clocks, one of which is a Femto; ZeroResolutionLoss™ to the unit’s lossless digital volume control; and ENclusiv™ to its auto-application of specific digital filters for specific digital audio formats – PCM up to 24bit/384kHz, Quad DSD and full MQA decoding.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: The Pure Audio Project, larger than life

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Ze’ev Schlik is the founder of the Pure Audio Project and he is really on to something. Ze’ev is countering the often negative or fruitless experiences that many audiophiles looking to enter the DIY segment of the hobby encounter. As we all know, the internet is filled with: DIY forums, project videos, and theoretical discussions. Half of them spurious at best in terms of delivering the affordable sonic wonderland they promise. However, the demand for customizable, build-it-yourself audio projects remain. 

What the Pure Audio Project has done to change the DIY landscape is two-fold: 1) offer reliable speaker components and designs associated with some of the best manufacturing available, and 2) offer a truly DIY experience to customers without the risks often associated with garage designed plans.

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LA Audio Show 2017: Vehement Audio off to auspicious start with Brezza Forte speakers

By | July 8th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Brezza Forte 3-way loudspeaker.

It’s fairly common to run into one or two new companies each time I cover a major stereo event. What’s unusual, though, is to meet some fresh audio entrepreneurs on their first official day in business.

laas2Yet, that’s just what I encountered at the Los Angeles Audio Show. Kentucky-based Vehement Audio Group was launching not only itself as a brand, but also its debut product, the Brezza Forte loudspeaker.

The Brezza Forte ($15,995 USD/pair) is a contemporary-styled, three-way floor-stander that features a baffle made of a solid-surface product often used for kitchen countertops.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Music From Another Room, Part 2

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, proving again that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Axpona is to me an ensemble interpretation of beauty, ruggedness, finesse and power; all tangled in a whirlwind of song. Masterful as the grace of a ballerina, don’t let these good looks fool you, there is power beneath the skin. Today I want to highlight the sexy designs this industry has to offer. Let’s take a walk…

Feat.… Read the full article

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Exogal Comet Plus DAC

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In this particular case one word explains it all… Wadia (www.wadia.com). This iconic American brand for years has been synonymous with high-end digital source, as it specialized in Compact Disc players, both integrated and separates. Later they were joined by SACD players, for example, Model 581. Wadia Players used the best available transports, i.e. VRDS and then VRDS-NEO from Teac, but it was DAC section of their Players that was the pride and joy of their designers.

Even more so because they were always accompanied with the variable output featuring digital volume control.… Read the full article

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Newport 2016: Exogal brings Ion canon, Emerald Physics goes carbon-flat

By | June 12th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

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Newport250x2501If you haven’t been keeping up, Emerald Physics is ahead of you.

The company, currently under the leadership of Walter Liederman (whom many of you may know as Underwood Wally, from his dealership days — he sold me my first Peachtree Decco about a million years ago), has been very busy updating and perfecting their line of dynamic-driver open-baffle speakers, as well as adding some matching electronics to boot.

Shown here at Newport was the “new Carbon Series speakers, the EP2.8.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2016: Emerald Physics and Exogal

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

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axponaWalter Liederman of Emerald Physics and Underwood HiFi (who were proudly sponsoring the PTA crew here at AXPONA) was on hand to expound the joys and glories of DSP-based audio reproduction and a new wonder-DAC company that he’s importing for US consumers called Exogal.

Emerald Physics has been suggesting, for several years now, that we really need to explore open-baffle speakers. Shown here, the EP-4.8 ($8,495/pair) is a “controlled dispersion” speaker, which means “less room interaction”, and therefore, better in-room sound — regardless of the room in question.… Read the full article

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