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FLORIDA 2019: Dynamic Sound Associates (DSA), Analogue Productions, VPI Industries, Luminous Audio Technology, Vienna Acoustics, Tweek Geek

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Dynamic Sound Associates (DSA) and Analogue Productions hosted a two room exhibition of high-quality vinyl pressings, along with award winning systems. DSA always impresses, no matter the show or venue, and this time at the Florida Audio Expo was no different.

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It was only a little over one year ago that I heard DSA’s Pre I, Phono II, and Amp I helming a system consisting of a VPI Industries front end, and Studio Electric loudspeakers handling the “presentation” position of the audio chain.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: Play It Again Audio, Resolution Acoustics, Little boy blue come blow your horn

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Play It Again Audio was showing a system curated from their large inventory of pre-owned high-end audio equipment. Resolution Acoustics was showing us how a well assembled system of acoustic room treatments could take a stereo system from “meh”, to “WOW!”

Buying or selling high-end audio equipment from the second-hand market can raise more anxiety than I’m willing to deal with most days. Here is where Play It Again Audio comes in to play, to ease those feelings, when you are either the buyer or the seller.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: Mytek Digital built a Bridge to Brooklyn, and then proved it was good

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Shortly after the opening of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, a rumor started circulating around the city that the bridge was in fact unstable and likely to collapse. To prove the engineering marvel was indeed safe for public passage, P. T. Barnum marched a twenty-one elephant parade (with media present) across the span of the Brooklyn Bridge, and back.

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The Mytek Digital Brooklyn DAC+ was on exhibit in the halls of the Florida Audio Expo. We’ve covered that model in terms of exhibition and specs, but never really spent a good chuck of time with it for a listen.

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FLORIDA 2019 – Sumiko Analog, Pro-Ject, Sonus Faber, Pangea Audio

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

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Pro-Ject was on site demonstrating the EISA-award-winning combination of Roon-enabled network endpoint (StreamBox S2 Ultra) and MQA capable DAC (PreBox S2 Digital) with two sets on hand for listening. In addition to the streaming and digital products, they were showing their higher performance RPM-series turntable, and Sonus Faber Guaneri Homage loudspeakers.

For myself it’s the PreBox S2 Digital that is and should be all the rage. A small, 5V driven stereo DAC / Preamplifier box, with a built-in headphone amplifier. It’s spec’d out in ways, that I almost consider it a portable device as well, despite its intended design for desktop or audiophile rack based systems.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019 – Tortuga Audio, Triode Wire Labs, a mystifying and luxurious sound

By | March 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Tortuga Audio Products brought forth one of the most interesting loudspeakers of the show — the LoggerHead, a 2.8 cubic foot two-way ported speakers sans internal passive crossovers. The loudspeakers do require external crossovers and bi-amping (not included) and are custom made to order. Triode Wire Labs tied it all together with red, white, and blue.

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Furthermore from Tortuga were two pieces that intrigued me endlessly, the LDR3.V25 Passive Preamp, a light dependent photo-resistor (LDR) based single-ended volume controller with graphic OLED display and three input switching, and their TPB.V1 tube preamp buffer.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019 – Backert Labs, RJS Acoustics, Pass Labs, Luminous Audio, Render life in the music

By | March 10th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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RJS Acoustics brought the MD6 Bass Augmentation Speaker System, Backert Labs showed their new Rhumba Extreme 1.3 tube preamplifier, Pass Labs brings the power, and Luminous Audio Technology ties it all together.

Starting with the truly a unique subwoofer system. RJS acoustics is a Saint Petersburg start up speaker Company. The demonstration purpose of their subwoofer system here at the Florida Audio Expo is to attain a convincing proof of concept. Not to spoil the story, but they succeeded in that goal.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: Antal Audio Group, Triangle Speakers, Soulines, Tsakiridis, superb value and sound

By | March 5th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Antal Audio Group assembles a global cornucopia of sound, Triangle Speakers stays true to its high-end sound however not its cost, Soulines spins the grooves, and Tsakiridis Devices stuns us with extremely good value.

I almost don’t know where to begin. This room shouldn’t sound this good given the price. Let’s start with the turntables. Soulines was a company more recently forged during the current decade after establishing themselves as turntable upgrading and tweeking specialists in their hometown of Belgrade, Serbia.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: Muraudio, Merrill Audio, and their award-winning sound

By | March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Muraudio catches my fancy once again, but on a whole new level. Merrill Audio shows itself to be the true rose gold standard in reference power and finesse. Aurender and EMM Labs handle the music.

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I’ve covered last years tour of the The Muraudio SP1 full-range loudspeaker pretty closely. The SP1 was launched in March 2018 and has received many Editor’s Choice and Product of the Year awards from numerous publications in that short time. Even from my own coverage of the SP1 at previous audio shows in 2018, it twice ended up in my Must See Rooms.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: The Lobby Activity

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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A photo tour of the Florida Audio Expo happenings that occur outside of the exhibit rooms.

Registration was busy from the moment the show opened on Friday, and it stayed that way through Sunday. The show attendance was strong and well guided.

Information about the show and its exhibitors was everywhere. In the lobby, as much as your swag-bag could hold. On each floor, banners and room signs. In the hallways, media and public relations were happy to help.

Every evening an after-show give-away was held and also well attended.

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FLORIDA 2019: If this was Hollywood, Raven Audio would be a triple threat

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Raven Audio shows us their famous tube electronics, along with their new loudspeakers and cables. Along with a little help from Mytek Digital. When I first saw Raven Audio in the Florida Audio Expo show-guide listed as the sole exhibitor in Room No. 616, I thought for sure it was a clerical error or that show plans had not quite solidified for Raven Audio in time before media guides went to press. I was wrong.

Walking into the Raven Audio exhibit here in Tampa, was an entirely new experience.… Read the full article

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