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Capital Audiofest 2017: Linear Tube Audio – Small Watts, Big Sound

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Local Washington DC company Linear Tube Audio (LTA) had a big presence at the show this year.  It seemed like every time I turned around, something of theirs was staring me down. Most notable was their dedicated room, in which a bevy of LTA amplification, together with the nifty Wolf Audio server and Mytek Manhattan 2 DAC, drove the super efficient Tekton Design Double Impact speakers to great heights.

Also on hand just outside of CanJam was LTA’s Will Schneider holding court over an array of MZ2 (that’s short for MicroZOTL2) headphone amp/preamp units set up and ready to drive a nice collection of ‘phones.… Read the full article

Capital Audiofest 2017: Kickin’ it with Linear Tube Audio

By | November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Local Washington DC company Linear Tube Audio (LTA) had a big presence at the show this year. It seemed like every time I turned around, something of theirs was staring me down. Most notable was their dedicated room, in which a bevy of LTA amplification, together with the nifty Wolf Audio server and Mytek Manhattan 2 DAC, drove the super efficient Tekton Design Double Impact speakers to great heights.

Also on hand just outside of CanJam was LTA’s Will Schneider holding court over an array of MZ2 (that’s short for MicroZOTL2) headphone amp/preamp units set up and ready to drive a nice collection of ‘phones.… Read the full article

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Capital Audiofest 2017: The Sunday Giveaways

By | November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Sponsors for the Capital Audiofest Sunday Giveaways: VPI Industries MarkAudio-SOTA PS Audio Luminous Audio Tenacious Sound Martin Logan Linear Tube Audio Teac US SoundLabs Rutherford Audio  … Read the full article

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The Linear Tube Audio Micro ZOTL MZ2 Headphone Amplifier/Preamplifier and ZOTL 40 Amplifier

By | October 27th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When I listened to the Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S (read that review HERE) I was hoping to pair them with the Linear Tube Audio Micro ZOTL MZ2 preamp/heaphone amp and ZOTL 40 power amp. Clayton Shaw of Spatial audio opined that the pairing of the LTA components driving his M3 Turbo S was magical, so I’d hoped to hear that combination. Unfortunately as happens so often with review samples, the timing and logistics didn’t work out, but the nice folks from LTA sent me review samples as soon as their latest upgrade was complete.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Fern & Roby, Linear Tube Audio, and Black Cat Cable

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Montrose turntables by Fern & Roby.

Some rooms at hifi-audio shows are infused with synergy. Every component in the set-up works flawlessly with every other component in the signal path. Some call this a curated system – one that is built from time, research, and experience with many manufacturers. Knowing what amplifier works perfectly with what speaker, which tonearm with which turntable, understanding the properties of tubes or cables, and being able to choose those that can add a touch of warmth, timbral accuracy or transparency borders on the religious in its orthodoxy.… Read the full article

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Review: Pass Labs XA60.8 Mono Amplifiers

By | October 1st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


by John Richardson

I’ve been on something of a roll lately with amplifiers from Pass Labs. Readers might recall that I reviewed a monster of an amp, the Pass X250.8 a couple of years ago, and then more recently, Pass Labs’ lower powered integrated offering, the INT-60.  Both were fine examples of top-drawer modern solid state amplification, and while I found the INT-60 to be a bit pickier about speaker pairing, the brutish X250.8 could drive just about anything and always look great doing it, with no loss of composure whatsoever.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Music From Another Room, Part 2

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, proving again that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Axpona is to me an ensemble interpretation of beauty, ruggedness, finesse and power; all tangled in a whirlwind of song. Masterful as the grace of a ballerina, don’t let these good looks fool you, there is power beneath the skin. Today I want to highlight the sexy designs this industry has to offer. Let’s take a walk…

Feat.… Read the full article

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Review: Fritz Speakers Carrera 7 Be Loudspeakers

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

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by John Richardson

It should come as no surprise to anyone who frequents this e-mag that I ended up with yet another pair of speakers from John “Fritz” Heiler, founder of Fritz Speakers. Perhaps I gravitate toward things I think I’ll like, or perhaps they just gravitate toward me. Either way, here we go again. On a recent trip to Scot Hull’s place, I happened to notice a pair of nondescript (in the typical understated Fritz way) pair of speakers off in a corner.… Read the full article

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Review: Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0

By | February 26th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

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by John Richardson

Let’s start this review with a little pop quiz.

Question 1: Have you heard of Linear Tube Audio (the company)?

No? OK, I didn’t think so.

Question 2: Are you familiar with David Berning?

You are? No surprise there, as Mr. Berning is one of the best known amplifier designers of the last 40 years or so, especially when it comes to vacuum tube designs.

So why do I ask, you ask? As it turns out, there’s a very definite link between these two entities.… Read the full article

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Review: Linear Tube Audio microZOTL2,0 – Bass in the mine

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: Linear Tube Audio loaned me the microZOTL2,0 for the purposes of this review. The unit they shipped comes with the Linear Power Supply. The package goes for 1695$ but the micrzoZOTL2,0 goes for 1100$ by itself. You can find out all about it here: MicroZOTL2.0. LTA sent us some updated info right after we published the review, we’ll be doing some corrections very soon!

Relevant links:

Review: ALO Continental Dual Mono (CDM) – Back On Top – Part One
Review: LinnenberG Maestro – Insane
ohmage to the ALO Studio Six
Goldmund Telos HDA Headphone Amplifier – Almost Clockwork
Review: MyST OrtoPhones – Uplifting
Centrance DACmini PX Audiophile Desktop System in Review

There simply isn’t enough space on my Ikea desk for a 27” iMac, a Hilo Lynx, and the microZOTL2,0.… Read the full article

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