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CAF 2018: BorderPatrol, Volti Audio, Triode Wire Labs and Where the Magic Is

By | November 11th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Part-Time Audiophile readers are probably already aware of our enthusiasm for the products of BorderPatrol and Volti Audio. Since I am new to the staff, I am also new to the distinctive and engaging sound accomplished by these two manufacturers. I did get a brief taste of the combo while visiting PTA publisher Scot Hull a few months ago—he was using BorderPatrol amplification and the new Volti Rival speakers in his main system. We were evaluating one of Lyn Stanley’s glorious reel-to-reel limited releases, and I was mightily impressed with the big effortless sound.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: Must See Rooms, Saturday

By | November 4th, 2018|Categories: 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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Innuos adds Spotify Connect, invites mainstreamers

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Spotify. To hear snobs tell it, the Swedish streaming service has no place in the hi-fi world. According to this outmoded idealism, the high-end audio is a party where Spotify’s lossy (Ogg Vorbis) encoding doesn’t get you past the velvet rope.

Thankfully, an increasing number of high-end audio manufacturers are showing us that they firmly disagree.

We’ve already seen the likes of AURALiC, KEF, PS Audio and Sonore / Small Green Computer add Spotify Connect support to their hardware over the past few years.… Read the full article

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Well Pleased AV, Innuos and QLN – RMAF 2018

By | October 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As I came upon the Well Pleased AV room on the 5th floor of the short tower of the Marriot Tech Center, I could hear the familiar drone of Eddie Vedder’s voice calling to me from the hallway. The track was Long Nights from the Into the Wild soundtrack. An interesting pick, considering it wasn’t the “hit” or even one that gets played very often.

But Mr. Vedder sounded clean and clear, more “right there”, less haze, and more immediacy than most I had heard that weekend.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Innuos Statement at Well Pleased AV

By | October 7th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well Pleased AV was showcasing some spectacular sound, courtesy of some Qln loudspeakers, their Prestige Three floor standers. Some details: 8Ω, 87dB, down to 28Hz, $9,999/pair. Unassuming appearance, but with spooky-good imaging, the Qln speakers made the music eye-poppingly entertaining, and the overall sound in the room was a strong entry for best-in-show.

The other leading-role lineup in this room included the LinnenberG Telemann Pre ($5,600), the LinnenberG WIDOR amplifier ($19,000 — 150w @ 8Ω/250 @ 4Ω), an Aqua Hi-Fi Formula xHD DAC ($16,500), a Gigawatt PC-4 EVO+ power conditioner (10,300), and a whole loom of Swisscables.… Read the full article

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The sunset makes a fence out of the forest

By | July 30th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

We didn’t see the wood for the trees.

The trees?

In April, Innuos announced their two-box ZENith Statement streamer/server.

A month later, the Portuguese manufacturer demonstrated the prowess of the new flagship model at Munich High-End 2018 by A/Bing it against the ZENith MKII SE (review here). Their MOC demo system was arrestingly simple: a BXT-loaded pair of Kii Three actives controlled by a Kii Remote.

The difference between the two Innuos units was clearly audible to anyone in attendance, yours truly included.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Best of The Show, Wrap-Up, and Why I am an Audiophile

By | June 12th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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(From most high to least high) David Solomon, Steve Guttenberg, Eric Franklin Shook

Audio shows are more than new gear releases and demonstrations to me. They are a chance to connect with the strange personalities that embody what it means to be an eccentric. Sometimes our interests can be socially unfortunate, but it’s during these few moments of the year at audio shows where we audiophiles can feel normal in our priorities, lusts, and musical tastes.

AXPONA 2018 proved to be our largest display of geekdom yet.… Read the full article

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Innuos introduce ZEN MK3 music servers

By | May 16th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Portugal’s Innuos continue their push for the broader appeal of dedicated low noise digital audio supply with a smart and professional approach to audio show presentations that don’t bewilder curious newcomers with endless tech talk – it’s there if you want it but only after CD-ripping and a user-friendly OS have made first contact.

Sporting fully-branded attire at Munich High-End 2018, the highly personable Innuos team walked visitors through their disarmingly simple range of MK3 servers with the recently announced Statement model enjoying very favourable A/B comparisons with the ZENith MKII SE in the adjacent prefab listening room.… Read the full article

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Innuos announce ZENith Statement server/streamer

By | April 11th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Last year we positively raved about the ZENith MKII SE from Portugal’s Innuos. Limited to 100 units, the Roon-capable server/streamer extracts the very best performance from every DAC it touches. That includes DACs used by this commentator since the MKII SE review, further cementing my belief that one’s digital budget should be split more evenly between source and DAC.

And yet the best Innuos streamer/server is about to get a whole lot better. The forthcoming ZENith Statement is a two-box digital source for high-end-flying audiophiles.… Read the full article

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DAR’s favourite bits of 2017

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This (and not that). Filtering (and not just summarising). Explaining why. Just as the Sieve of Eratosthenes removes all divisible numbers to leave only prime, choosing the best audio products of 2017 is a process of elimination – one that leads us to the prime cuts of the year (just as it did last year).

Remember though: awards are more than a bit silly. Best amplifier below ten grand? Assuming best even exists, no reviewer on the planet has the time to hear/audition more than a handful in any given price range.… Read the full article

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