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RMAF 2018: Fidelis Music Systems, Exposure, Acoustic Signature and Those Amazing Stenheim Monitors

By | November 17th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I’ve known the folks at Fidelis Music Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire for many years. Not only were they one of my top dealers when I was a distributor but they also distribute, in turn, some of my favorite brands of all time such as Harbeth, LFD and Palmer. I’ve visited owner Walter Swanbon and his very knowledgeable crew at the store a handful of times, and I know I’ll always be treated to great sound from interesting companies—and not from the usual suspects, which is one of the things that makes Fidelis so special.… Read the full article

Fidelis AV, Rogers High Fidelity, Harbeth, and Accusound – CAF 2018

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Eric Shook

The most interesting room in the world.

Okay, maybe not the world, but the show… good possibility. Something strange was going on in Room #323 at Capital Audiofest 2018. Was it as strange or erie as Room #237 in Kubrick’s version of The Shining? No.

On Friday afternoon in the Capital Audiofest universe, there was something amiss in the system of Harbeth, Roger’s High Fidelity, Accusound assembled by Fidelis AV. There was no magic, no real bass to speak of, and the remaining upper ends were wonky at best.… 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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RMAF 2018: Vinnie Rossi, Triode Wire Labs, Harbeth; More than the sum of its parts

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

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Vinnie Rossi was showing off his latest and greatest L2 Signature Preamplifiers and L2 Monoblocks, which could handle a slew Harbeth speakers (big and small) extraordinarily well. At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest the Harbeth 40.2 Anniversary speakers flat-out rocked the show when tethered — via Triode Wire Labs cable — to Vinnie’s new mono-block powerhouses. Without any doubt, a must see (and hear) exhibit at the show.

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The other popular room with Vinnie Rossi electronics at the show. Or was the other room, the other room?… Read the full article

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Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamp and Monoblocks – RMAF 2018

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We saw Vinnie Rossi’s L2 mono blocks poke their head out of the R&D shell at AXPONA this year, but the full dual mono rig with new matching L2 preamplifier was on display at RMAF. Paired once again with the well-loved Harbeth series of loudspeakers, the big 40.2 anniversary editions ($18k) were up to bat when I entered the room.

The new pre starts at $15k and along with the signature monos (also $15k/pair) is very much a statement piece from Vinnie, not just in price but in design as well.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Must See Rooms of Friday

By | October 6th, 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.

Firmly grounded with a history in studio and pro sound, Amphion returns to home audio with a stable of speaker designs that to my ear offer comforting treble and mid-range that compliment the Amphion idea of how bass should sound.… Read the full article

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Vinnie Rossi, New Statement Monos And Pre – AXPONA 2018

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

Vinnie Rossi has me all tied up with the idea that I have to get my hands on a pair of Harbeths. Why? Because every time I hear his near field presentation at an audio show, it sound like angels singing…if angels knew 80s and 90s hits well enough, that is. Vinnie keeps the track selection fresh, fun and high fidelity. He knows now when he sees me that a good throwback to either of the previously mentioned decades will put a smile on my face and his selection is ripe with options.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: The MUST SEE Rooms of Day One

By | April 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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AXPONA 2018 Coverage brought to you by Zesto Audio

There are over 160 rooms and exhibits here at Axpona. Making this event the largest audio show in North America. For some this can be overwhelming and cause a bit of anxiety. But have no fear, the Part-Time Audiophile Dream Team of journalists, personalities, and humorists are ready to be your guide.

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

A perennial favorite of the audio show circuit and with good reason.Read the full article

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Review: Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 loudspeaker

By | February 25th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Harbeth Compact 7 in cherry veneer.

Pipe and slippers.

If you’ve ever been into high fidelity gear from the United Kingdom then you’ve heard that phrase bandied about as a descriptor for British Isle-built sound. I love the images it conjures up in one’s imagination: Gust-driven rain pelting against a window partially concealed by thick Hunter Green velvet curtains, lots of built-in wooden shelves stocked with books, CDs, and LPs… an overstuffed, weathered leather wing chair, thick Persian rugs, aged hardwood flooring, and a credenza supporting thermionic valve amplifiers glowing warmly as large single-driver speakers in Rosewood veneer quietly translate ’50s jazz.… Read the full article

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Vinnie Rossi and Harbeth 30.2 Entertain The Masses At RMAF 2017

By | October 24th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

By Eric Franklin Shook

Admittedly I came here for the speakers. I’ve followed Mr. Rossi long enough via the web and at a few audio shows to know he’s probably been doing it right longer than most others have been doing it right. From Redwine Audio’s battery sourced DC days, on to his signature named product line, you can see a clear path of product refinement that stays current with the en vogue listening habits.

The patent pending Ultracapacitor power supply in Vinnie’s newest LIO Integrated (starting at $5,375 USD, as optioned here at RMAF: $13,995 USD) is one of the more intriguing features; isolating circuits from noise and fluctuations associated with A/C power, without the need for external power conditioning.… Read the full article

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