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MoFi, Wharfedale and Quad | AXPONA 2019

By | April 27th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten excited over a so-called “budget” component, which is why the MoFi, Wharfedale and Quad room at AXPONA 2019 was such a unexpected surprise. I visited Jonathan Derda and the multiple set-ups and he was commandeering for MoFi–I walked in just when another industry person told him “You guys at MoFi are getting all the good brands!” MoFi has featured Quad and Wharfedale for quite a few years, and I’m quite familiar with most of the products from these two venerable British manufacturers.… Read the full article

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Florida 2019: Mobile Fidelity, Primare, Dr. Feickert, Koestu, Cardas, SolidSteel

By | March 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I love me some Bill Evans jazz so this was a really fun room.  Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs is putting out a “One Step” album of his Portrait in Jazz and they had for us listeners an early gift: a MoFi test pressing of the album: Yowza!  The detail and dynamics were fantastic! Beautiful piano timbre.

Loads of bass for a tiny cabinet.

The Falcon “BBC LS3/5a” monitor ($3k) was producing a big sound out of impossibly small monitors on stands.  … Read the full article

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CAF 2018: MoFi, Tenacious Sound and a Whole Lotta Real Estate

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

Tenacious Sound, one of my old dealers out of Syracuse, New York, has been busy expanding over the last couple of years–owner Shayne Tenace has moved his base of operation into Augusta, Georgia and has just purchased a store in Jacksonville, Florida. Shayne teamed with industry stalwarts such as Jonathan Derda from MoFi and Lenny Mayeux from Audience to make a big presence at the 2018 Cap[ital Audiofest. Tenacious Sound had a total of eight systems set up in four separate rooms, covering nearly all price points.… 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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RMAF 2018: Zu Audio, Pass Labs, MoFi; Another Late Night of Late Night Tales

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Listening to a slew of high-efficiency Zu Audio speakers is nothing new to me, and doing so with Pass Labs amplification is also old-hat. Spending late nights at audio shows in the Zu Audio room is also nothing new, however every night creates a different experience. If you haven’t heard, or I haven’t been clear enough, Zu Audio is known for bringing the party atmosphere both on and off the audio show scheduled hours.

A pair of Pass Labs’ newest and most affordable, XA Series class-A stereo power amplifiers, the XA-25 ($4,900 USD) were powering two separate Zu Audio systems at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest; the Druid Mk VI ($10,000 USD) and the Omen Dirty Weekend ($1,000 USD) model loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Bridging the gap with Music Direct

By | June 6th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Every marketplace has a challenger in the ranks that takes up against the old guard. Even though Music Direct has been around for many years, it’s continued foothold in the internet-shopping-sphere of hi-fi directly reflects the changing times and in my opinion helps future-proof the hobby and industry from the rapidly shifting retail markets. Nine out of nine times when I’m urging a friend to do a little research for products and pricing online, I’m recommending the Music Direct online catalog as a reliable source for when it comes time to buy, or just browse.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Filipino Breakfast in America (with MoFi)

By | May 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

I have a number of favorite people in audio but one of the people at the top is Besflores Nievera, Jr. or “Bes” as he is commonly known. An outsized personality with a gifted voice, Bes is MusicDirect‘s brand ambassador. Everyone knows him and he seems to know everyone as well. So it was a good omen that I ran into Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab mastering engineer Rob LoVerde in the lobby at the Wyndham Garden hotel Saturday morning and he mentioned that they could probably give me a ride to the show in the rain.… Read the full article

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Whisky and Listening: The VPI Scout Prime, MoFi Master Tracker and Northern Harvest Rye

By | December 9th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Northern Harvest won the 2016 World Whisky of the Year.

Welcome to what I like to think of as a pinnacle of editorial writing in my small world, as it combines two of my favourite things to do: Have a glass of whisky, and kick back to listen to a couple of albums. A pastime I’m sure some of you out there can identify with. How on Earth did I stumble into such remarkable luck to turn this into a monthly article moving ahead?… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: MoFi masters the art of audiophile pressings

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

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A glimpse into the deep catalog of Mobile Fidelity Master Recordings.

Glancing at the deep stacks of vinyl albums in the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab room at the Los Angeles Audio Show, I could only think of two things: When do these guys go on lunch break, and how fast could I get a dolly up here? laas9Indeed, seeing all those LPs adorned with their “Original Master Recording” labels across the top can easily bring out an uncharacteristic larcenous streak.… Read the full article

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Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs shipping turntables, cartridges, phono stages

By | June 29th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Ultratracker cartridge.

Lionel Goodfield of Mobile Fidelity Distribution shot me a note today saying the long-awaited Mofi turntables, cartridges, and phono stages were shipping, and also sent a press release with the full price list. Here’s a link to Mofi Electronics, so scroll to your heart’s content. I’ve spoken with Mobile Fidelity previously about the design process, technology, and construction of these new offerings, and was duly impressed by their pedigree. Having heard them a number of times at trade shows I can attest that their sound quality is exemplary, and this kit will offer real competition at their price points, and well above.… Read the full article

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