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Florida 2019: House of Stereo, Wolf Audio Systems, TAD, Wireworld

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

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House of Stereo brings retail sensibility to a small room, Wolf Audio Systems takes us back to the future, TAD (Technical Audio Devices) puts a fine point on detail, Ayre Acoustics continues to build a legacy, and Wireworld straps us in for a wild ride.

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TAD (Technical Audio Devices) speakers almost seem to be a draw unto themselves. Several show goers I spoke to in the hallways remarked about listening to the TAD Micro Evolution 1’s in the House of Stereo room.… Read the full article

Focal’s Got A Brand New Can – CES 2019

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Focal Stellia Heaphone

With the PR machine in full gear, the reaction to Focal’s new closed-back headphone called Stellia has mostly been about its color. The $3k can now sits just under the flagship Utopia ($4k) and above most of the remaining product line of hifi personal audio. The Stellia does borrow much of the driver tech from the Utopia, mainly its M-shaped beryllium dome transducer and suspension harness.

The color isn’t particularly off putting to my tastes. The diversion away from audiophile black and silver is a nice change up in a sea of consistent color schemes.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018: Eric’s Parting Shots, Wrap-Up

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

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With only a few hours left on Sunday, the final day of the last Rocky Mountain Audio Fest to be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, I become sentimental. I decide to take a moment for myself. I go for a quick stroll through the remainder of the show, I collect a few extra photos, and maybe even take in a song or two.

Here, a photo tour of my last hours at the show.

Bob Sattin’s step-up transformers for Moving Coil cartridges are well known, and their sound: legendary.… Read the full article

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Command Performance AV; Focal, Naim, EAT – CAF 2018

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

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This was by far my favourite budget system of Capital Audiofest 2018. If you consider it’s a complete system which includes Focal and Naim and clocks in at just a hair under $18K, if you don’t count in the component rack and audio cables.

When so much of the audio show can be a rattling cage full of systems with most individual components costing $20K alone, to see a more down to earth budgeted system at a show, is more than a breath of fresh air.Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Can Jam – highlights and high-sounds

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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I am not a headphone guy. Even in my youth, I was all about the room filling stereo experience. Seeking to learn more about the culture of head-fi that has sailed far off port without me, I tap my friend Jameson to be my guide.

This is a sound I can really get used to. When we talk about loudspeaker voicing we talk about the sound a brand is often known for, the way they blend and present the various frequencies of the music.… Read the full article

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Audio Advice: Music Matters 2018, and 40th Anniversary Celebration

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Audio Advice celebrates forty years in business by pulling out all the stops during their annual Music Matters event.

Music Matters, is an annual celebration of music listening. However this year is an extra special event as Audio Advice not only celebrates their love of music, but also 40 years in business. With nearly twice as many brands as usual on hand to meet with customers and demonstrate some of the most exciting audio gear on the planet, everyone was ready for this year’s event to be bigger than ever.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Must See Rooms of Sunday

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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There are over 400 brands exhibiting here at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Making this event one of largest audio shows in North America. For some this can seem overwhelming. and cause a bit of anxiety. Alas, have no fear, the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are ready to be your audio show guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started and off on the right foot.

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dCS’s new Bartók DAC with Headphone Amplifier could be all the heat you need to keep your ears warm this winter.… Read the full article

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KLIAVS 2018: Another high-end system in Absolute Sound’s room

By | July 17th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound, Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

FM Acoustics 155 IIR preamp.
FM Acoustics 155 IIR preamp.

 

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Be prepared for a jaw-dropping sound sensation in Absolute Sound’s Diamond 4 room as there will be an all FM Acoustics system with digital songs from a dCS CD player and analogue tracks from a Vertere turntable.

 

The truly high-end system will comprise the FM 108 II power amplifier, FM 155 IIR preamp, FM Inspiration XS 3 speakers and dCS Rossini CD player with dCS Master Clock.

 

It is not often that Malaysian audiophiles will get to hear a full FM Acoustics system as the FM Acoustics speakers rarely appear here.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018: Shelter from the storm on Opening Night

By | April 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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McIntosh Labs and YG Acoustics.

First the rain came straight down. Then the rain came sideways. Then it seemed to be coming up at me from the ground as I ran from a coffee shop to make my way to Hi-Fi Centre for the opening of the Vancouver Audio Festival late Friday afternoon. I was reminded of a scene in Forrest Gump where he describes similar rain experiences in Vietnam during his time in the war, and I was silently thankful to be taking shelter from the storm in warm, and cozy environs with like-minded audiophiles.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018 kicks off this Friday

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Coming up fast…

Time is rapidly approaching for Vancouver-area audiophiles to get their sonic freak on with Hi-fi Centre  once again hosting the Vancouver Audio Festival which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. This year, Hi-Fi Centre owner Igor Kivritsky has helped to curate 10 demonstration areas featuring bleeding-edge high-fidelity equipment legends like Devialet, Focal, Naim, Bowers & Wilkins, Sonus Faber, McIntosh Labs, Clearaudio, and YG Acoustics to name but a few.

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