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Psvane EL34PH Review | Tube Me!

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

by Darryl Lindberg

One thing’s certain: as tubes age, their performance declines. How do you know if your glassware is in decline? As far as I can tell there are two indications of this phenomenon: an abrupt termination of operation or a gradual realization that “something’s missing.” In the case of output tubes, an abrupt termination may be manifested by a brilliant flash as an output tube (or tubes) goes supernova. Depending on your equipment’s protective measures, such an event can be rectified by simply replacing the tube and inserting a new fuse.… Read the full article

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Warsaw 2017: One great show

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

It took me days to digest this new show, new for me as the Warsaw Audio Video Show is going on for more than twenty years now. Big show, I think that only Munich has more rooms and booths so the three days were frenetic, running from one venue to the other trying to make the most out of the limited time available. Wasn’t even sure on what to expect, my guess, proved correct, was a mix of Polish and international brands on display form both manufacturers and local importers.… Read the full article

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Warsaw 2017: Serious high end with Jadis, Serblin and DaVinci

By | December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the most important rooms of the show, if you count in factors like heritage, built quality, price and last but not least, musical connection, the Grobel room with a stack of Jadis tube amplifiers including the JA 500 monos with external power supplies, the gorgeous Serblin Ktema speakers and an impressive analog front end, courtesy of DaVinci Audio Labs from Switzerland. Add a phono stage by Thoress and power solutions by Verictum for a deeply sensual, intimate and completely fatigueless session.

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AXPONA 2107: Kyomi, On a Higher Note go back to 1947 with Vivid, Jadis

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

Kyomi Audio and On a Higher Note combined the old and the new to produce alluring sound — and spooky time travel — in their demo room at AXPONA.

First off, in the old category, was the music itself. The demo disc was a pristine 1947 mono pressing of Duke Ellington’s Liberian Suite (last seen going for $40 to $50 on eBay). This Columbia release was one of the earliest long-players and was cut straight to lacquer.

The newest technology was the speakers playing the Ellington tunes, the Vivid Audio G1 Series 2 ($68,000 a pair).… Read the full article

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