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VPI Player Review | The Millennial Audiophile

By | October 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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VPI re-imagines the turntable, and creates a new product category with the Player

When I speak about record collecting with the under thirty-five crowd, initially many of them see vinyl as a low-fi medium, much like cassette tapes, and 8-tracks. This impression was created by dusty hand-me-down turntables, and record collections of which most have unkempt and dirty grooves. Along with many of the new records purchased during the “2008 vinyl resurgence” being played on these un-serviced thrift-store turntables, many more will find their way to the affordable shopping-mall Crosley suitcase models.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: The Allure of the Rockies

By | October 5th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Around 20 years ago, I met my friend Howard at the local Atlanta audio club.  Over time Howard and I became pals in part because we both loved Magnepan speakers.  But we also loved exploring various audio tweaks and had a lot of lively discussions around how to get the best sound for our, at the time, limited audio dollars.  Sometime around six years ago, Howard and I started to attend the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.  We both loved the show and the hospitality of the great Colorado Audio Society.… Read the full article

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GRADO Truly The World’s Finest

By | June 7th, 2018|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

I love these old Grado tonearms. This would be perfect for a 78rpm cart which I am still looking for.

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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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Premier Review of the Grado Epoch Mono Cartridge

By | November 27th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Marten Bird Loudspeakers, Marten Duke 2 Loudspeakers, and REL Stadium III subwoofer.

ELECTRONICS

E.A.R. 324 phono preamplifier, two E.A.R. 890 amplifiers (ran as monos), E.A.R. 534 stereo amplifier, E.A.R. 912 Professional preamplifier, E.A.R. 834L tube line stage, E.A.R. HP4 headphone amplifier, Grado Battery headphone amplifier, and KingRex headphone amplifier.

SOURCES

Analog: E.A.R. Disk Master Turntable with two Helius Omega Tonearms.

Cartridges: Koetsu Rosewood Signature, London Reference and Grado Statement1.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Audioengine offers high-end performance, budget pricing

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

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More than a few audio companies have set sail with the simple mission of delivering budget gear, only to get lured into sometimes-rocky shores by the siren call of the higher-end market. Such temptations make it even more laudable when an entry-level manufacturer stays the course, such as Audioengine.

Audioengine has been enjoying strong tailwinds for a while now as it navigates its narrow shipping lane in the audiophile ocean. The company makes a line of mainly self-powered budget speakers and accessories that are so good at what they do, it’s easy to take them for granted.… Read the full article

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Review: Grado GH2 Cocobolo (Japan limited edition) – Kookoo!

By | November 7th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: I picked up this Grado GH2 at Fujiya Avic’s 2017 Spring headphone show from Grado’s Japan distributor, Knicom. I got it for like 50$ off the regular modest gouge of 650$ or so. It’s a Grado. Single driver. Wood. Sponge pads. Leather headband. Aesthetics straight from the early 90s. And it’s an awesome, historically connected headphone.

I find it strange that I’m the only Grado super fan and evangelist at Headfonia. Grado rock. Grado headphones look great in photos.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Fujiya Avic 2017 Fall Headphone Festival

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The star of this week’s picture Sunday is Fujiya Avic’s 2017 Fall Headphone Festival. Wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, Nathan went there. 

I just came back from Fujiya Avic’s latest and greatest headphone show. There was a lot of stuff there. I was there both days. Still, I saw only a tiny fraction of it all. Why? I’m just one guy. I had other meetings. My bag was heavy as hell. The biggest reason is that I’ve reached headphone fatigue. Every show is like the last, but with more and expensiver stuff.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Beautiful Audio’s Grado headband and earpad mods

By | July 30th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week’s picture Sunday features Beautiful Audio’s Grado headband and earpad mods.This is a bit of a different Picture Sunday. It’s a praise column of sorts, with lots of photos. You can find all about Silvian’s Grado pad and headband mods here: Beautiful Audio. The pads go for 115$ USD, and the headbands go for 60$ USD. To check out all previous Picture Sunday Posts click HERE

Beautiful Audio’s Grado pads are game changers. Not only can you match or contrast the colour of your ear pads and headband, it’s all reversible.… Read the full article

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Grado Labs Introduces Their Finest Cartridges: EPOCH and AEON

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Received some rather interesting news out of Brooklyn, NY today. Grado Labs has some brand new phono cartridges!

The Brooklyn Company Kicks Off The Lineage Series With Sapphire And Cocobolo

Grado Labs is proud to announce a major step forward in phono cartridge design, the all-new Lineage Series. The first two cartridges to join the series are the Brooklyn built Epoch and Aeon. For the first time in the family’s sixty-four year history, sapphire, gold, diamond, and cocobolo wood join forces to produce the finest hand-built cartridge ever.

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