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The Grand Finale | The Occasional

By | August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[Editor’s Note: We published a truncated version of John DeVore’s “The Grand Finale: the Race for the First Automatic Winding Chronograph”, in the Spring Issue of The Occasional. Due to space considerations in the magazine’s format, we could only publish a more condensed version of John’s fascinating article, so we decided to present his entire article here. Enjoy!]

By John DeVore

I’ve been fascinated by the complexity, ingenuity, and beauty of chronograph watches since I was a kid.… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #15 – Lifestyle products

By | June 1st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , |

Lifestyle products. They look good but, in the high-end audio world, do they necessarily sound good? Perhaps not twenty years ago but in 2019 there are a good number of highly attractive pieces of audio hardware that easily hold their own against conservatively-styled (or functionally singular) rivals: hello Devialet, Micromega, Metaxas & Sins, Campfire Audio, Dynaudio, Q Acoustics, Volumio, Peachtree, KEF, ELAC, B&W, Sony, Roon Labs (above) et al.

Of course, lifestyle products aren’t for everyone but their very existence signals ever greater aesthetic and functional diversity in the hi-fi world.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: Bananas Music, the record store with over three million titles

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Bananas Music (also known as Bananas Records) is an American record store that operates two locations in St. Petersburg, Florida. Opened in 1977, Bananas Music unofficially claims to be the largest record store in the United States, housing over 3 million vinyl records.

Originally opened as a book store in 1977, by founders Doug and Michelle Allen, things quickly escalated into the store selling more and more records, while eventually stepping away from book sales altogether in just a few short years.… Read the full article

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It Must Be Sunday, For I’m Hearing Mass

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Gautam Raja

For a while, I was one of those (arguably) necessary but infuriating elements of high-end audio: the “informed” consumer. You know, the guys who read forum posts and therefore know more than dealers do. Then when I found I lived near a large high-end audio dealership I pitched myself as an interested and available dogsbody and writer, and suddenly found myself highly uninformed on the other side of the fence. I had to learn a lot, and quickly.… Read the full article

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How do we attract more younger listeners? | The Listening Room

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

[Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the spring/summer edition of The Occasional, Part-Time Audiophile’s free, downloadable print/web magazine. You can read previous columns and other exclusive stories in that issue here.]

I was checking my email recently when I noticed a breathless announcement from Best Buy that “AUDIOFEST IS HERE,” with “Incredible Savings on Amazing Sound.”

OK, worth a look, I thought as I clicked on the message. Many Best Buy stores include a Magnolia outlet, which routinely stocks high-end brands such as MartinLogan, Sonus Faber, McIntoshSennheiser, and AudioQuest.… Read the full article

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The Hand-Crafted Luxury of William Henry

By | July 27th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

William Henry, Luxury Craftsmen

William Henry (website) is an American luxury brand, designing and creating jewelry and accessories specifically for men. The William Henry collection includes jewelry, knives, pens, key-chains, writing instruments, money clips, cuff-links, and golf tools. The brand has become popular with many Hollywood celebrities including Jared Leto (actor/director), Matt Goss (singer/songwriter), Jamie Alexander (actress/director), and Peter Facinelli (producer/actor).

William Henry, Luxury Craftsmen

The William Henry website offers detailed product information along with ways to purchase.

William Henry’s limited-production collections are sold on its website and through a select group of authorized independent retailers in the US and abroad.… Read the full article

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The Occasional Magazine – Spring 2018 Edition

By | June 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY OF OUR BRAND NEW SPRING EDITION HERE

It’s June, it’s back and it’s better than ever… I’m talking about 120 pages in the Spring Edition of The Occasional magazine.

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It is chocked full of all the things we as audiophiles like to fill our lives with when we are not just listening to music. I’m talking about photography, fast cars, fine gins, dark beers, gear reviews and opinion pieces on technology and where this hobby is going.

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While I feel that this is my best effort yet at curating some of the shiny facets that make up our small corner of this world, it’s also, unfortunately, my last effort here at Part-Time Audiophile.

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Limited Time Offer: Deluxe Edition of Dust & Grooves

By | June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

DUST & GROOVES: Adventures in Record Collecting. A book about the world’s finest record collectors, by Eilon Paz.

Eilon Paz, creator of Dust & Grooves, photo by: Laura Banish

Want to see something cool? Something you can fondle and share? Well, you’re in luck because Dust & Grooves has a limited time exclusive offer for you PTA readers.

Check it out: the Deluxe Second Edition of Dust & Grooves! This massive and luscious book will ship with an original 8.5×11″ print (from the book), and includes a slipcover with blind de-boss and red foil stamping.

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The Millennial Audiophile: “I Hear An Epiphany”

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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One afternoon while collecting Krispy Kreme donuts with my friend Vivian, she began a discussion concerning her vinyl collection. Vivian wanted me to photograph her record wall. One half of Vivian’s apartment living room is decorated with album sleeves from her record collection. Vivian is an enthusiastic vinyl collector. Her launching point was an inherited record collection, one that belonged to her father. As her father had moved away from vinyl records back in the early “convenience era” of cassette tape and CDs, the family’s record collection found itself relegated to the metaphoric attic.Read the full article

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Encountering Dar Williams

By | May 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

by Angel Haggar

It is Spring 2015. I’m in my ninth year of being knee-deep in babies and diapers. It’s the life I always wanted. Well, I cry more than I thought I would, but I’m happy, mostly. I’m too exhausted to remember the life I had imagined before I had a husband, children, a dog, a mortgage, more to do than time to do it, and more month than money. I’m clipping coupons and often failing to keep within my household budget; my husband travels all the time for his job.… Read the full article

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