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Vivid Audio Giya G1 Series 2 listening session at Element Acoustics

By | March 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Smiling faces.

A small sea of them, all looking happy, swaying to the music that was filling the room.

I had never in my life seen a dozen audiophiles smiling, and enjoying the same thing. Never. For an instant I was paralyzed with fear because I thought I was in an episode of the Twilight Zone, and Rod Serling’s voice would suddenly start narrating over the current scene… then I remembered where I was, and relaxed. A bit.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Volti’s ‘compact’ Rival speaks with big voice

By | July 13th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Volti Rival.

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I had to chuckle a little to myself when Volti Audio rolled out what it described as its “compact” loudspeaker at the Los Angeles Audio Show.

Calling the new model small, however is kind of like describing a Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan as “entry level.” Even with that car, you’re still getting plenty of luxury.

It’s much the same with the Rival ($7,900 to $11,900 USD/pair, depending on options). It’s still a Volti, and you’re still looking at a lot of speaker.… Read the full article

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High End 2017: Silbatone and the lost sonic art of General Electric horn systems

By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Perfect for apartments.

Horns.

Big, beautiful, Western Electric horns.

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M2 Cinema system.

Unless you’ve heard the behemoth 1920s Western Electric horn systems for yourself it’s difficult to convey their ability to hold you enthralled in their presence. It’s a transformative listening experience to hear a system designed for a 3,000-seat theatre, and in a very real sense I would compare it to time travel. Despite being in a large, cavernous room with about a hundred other people at High End in Munich, when I shut my eyes as the music issued forth from these ancient beasts’ throats I found myself transported – Tardis-like – alone in the dark to the moment the transcription took place.… Read the full article

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