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How to: Buy A Pair Of High Fidelity Headphones

By | August 9th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

It may be easier than you think. Purchasing a new pair of headphones with the intent of improving your listening experience takes a little legwork, a little research and even a little bit of skepticism if one is to land the proper pair of cans. Below we’ve laid out the groundwork for a process that should help you narrow down the selection to a few proper options. Your own experience may vary of course, but hopefully this guide will help save you a time and money before you lay down the bones for a new investment.… Read the full article

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High Fidelity and the Jaguar E-Type: Time machines at heart

By | January 30th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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1973 Jaguar XK-E V12.

This is an article that first appeared in our new online PDF, downloadable magazine The Occasional last fall in it’s inaugural edition. We’ll be rolling out articles from it over the next week in anticipation of our upcoming second issue which is scheduled for publication February 3rd. We hope you enjoy this new, exclusive content, and that you’ll check out the Winter Edition of The Occasional when it drops 140 pages of fresh high fidelity reviews, audiophile gear highlights, lifestyle stories, and editorial  opinion.… Read the full article

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The Lost Generation of Audiophiles

By | January 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Where are they now?

I admit, being a child of the 80’s does come with a few perks these days. As nostalgia for “the good old days” of my generation ramps up, more and more movie and TV shows like Stranger Things, Atomic Blonde and Comrade Detective show how the decade has finally permeated the warm fuzzy sentiment of public consciousness. The time frame of much of my youth has finally come full circle; unfortunately, those mom-jean pants seem to have come along for the ride as well.Read the full article

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The List: Five of the Best Phono Cartridges in The World

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to something new we’re going to try here on PTA thanks to our friend Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m going to be curating a new list every month featuring different categories of gear that I think you – our readers – have to hear under any circumstances you can arrange: beg, borrow, steal, drive for hours, hop a train, take a plane… you get what I’m saying. Price will not be a factor, with individual pieces on each list reflecting a spectrum of what I feel is the best.Read the full article

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How to build Listening Room Synergy: Curating a system that sings

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

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What goes with what?

System synergy — components mating so well that the result exceeds the sum of their parts — is one of the most elusive goals in audio. You know it when you hear it. You just don’t hear it all that often.

There are the obvious pitfalls. You wouldn’t want to do something completely deranged like trying to rock some 85-decibel-efficient speakers with a flea-watt tube amp, for example, or add a ruthlessly revealing cartridge to an already-bright system.… Read the full article

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Sonus faber announce revamped Aida at Warsaw Audio Video Show

By | November 20th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The same way as the tweeter, the midrange is decoupled from the main baffle board and designed synergistically with its optimized “acoustic chamber”. A special coaxial anti- compressor is used, designed to remove cavity resonances and distortions.

WOOFERS:
Sonus faber W22XTR-12. A pair of Sonus faber designed 220 mm Neodymium magnet system woofers, lightweight “sandwich” cone structure (high-tech syntactic foam core and two external surface skins of cellulose pulp) woofers. Each of them is integrated in its own acoustically amorphous “stealth reflex” chamber.

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The DeVore Fidelity O/93 loudspeaker long-term review

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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DeVore’s designs are some of the most beautiful speakers I’ve ever seen.

There’s something about John DeVore’s loudspeakers that intrinsically connect me to the music.

Jazz, blues, EDM, folk, rock, or pop… it doesn’t matter. The electron translations being performed by DeVore Fidelity designs – like the O/93 graciously provided to me by Soundhounds in Victoria, B.C., being reviewed here – would be listened to with envy by those involved with maintaining harmonious diplomatic relations between countries with disparate languages at the United Nations.… Read the full article

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Review: dCS Network Bridge – The Swiss Army Knife of Streamers

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There is nothing like grabbing a prized LP, dropping the needle in the groove, and having the events of the day get whisked away. Nothing else matters at that exact moment, only that you are sensing every emotion and every note… cue relaxation.

But now more than ever, times are a-changing. Digital music reproduction, the growing availability of high-resolution content, combined with better software is making this something audiophiles need to pay more attention to.  The debate of Analog vs.… Read the full article

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Review: Merrill Audio Cara preamplifier

By | October 29th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Capturing the heart one album at a time.

When was the last time your heart was sent racing by the opportunity to audition a preamplifier? Yup, line stages are not the most exciting components. They just sit there, allowing you to select your source, and adjust the volume, right? Yawn.

Yet, when UPS pulled up outside my house with the new Cara preamp from Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, I felt a surge of anticipation. Merrill always seems to make a good sound on the show circuit, and this $3,500 USD unit was priced far below its reference line.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Rafe’s Preview

By | October 4th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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You’ve got to get into the groove.

It’s baaaaaaaaack…

This time bigger, and better than ever – at least that’s the hope. With the Denver Marriott Tech Centre Hotel fully operational, and remodelled, the hype is starting for show goers who are psyched to see the bar, restaurants, and rooms after construction during last year’s RMAF got noses out of joint. I didn’t mind it all, and had a wonderful time there in 2016, so I’m confident that with the renovations over, this will be the best RMAF yet.… Read the full article

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