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AMG launches new Viella Forte Turntable | High End 2019

By | May 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Analog Manufaktur Germany (AMG) launched the AMG Viella V12 in 2012 and never looked back.  I was fortunate to purchase one in 2013, and although many tables have come and gone, the AMG Viella V12 never left.

The AMG Viella V12 was further improved in 2016 with the introduction of the 12JT Turbo arm. It dramatically improved ease and accuracy of setup, and refined the presentation in all categories.

I’ve been pestering Garth Leerer of Musical Surroundings, the US distributor for AMG for another round of upgrades. … Read the full article

Wilson Audio Sasha DAW with dCS Bartók DAC | First Listen

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

Brian Berdan, owner of Audio Element in Pasadena California grew up in a household filled with music, his late father was a well known hi-fi  dealer, so I can suspect that he had some killer vintage gear to play around with.  Brian’s first pair of Wilson Audio Speakers were a pair of Wilson Watt 2/Puppy 1 loudspeakers that began his Wilson journey and which he still owns today.  As Brian and his wife Jennifer geared up to celebrate Audio Element’s 5th anniversary this month, it couldn’t have been better timing with a debut of the Wilson Audio Sasha DAW speakers.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Audio Research, Sonus Faber, and UHQR

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Fast on the heels of a successful AXPONA show which saw Audio Research introduce the Ref 160 monoblock amplifiers with Wilson Alexia 2 speakers, the team showed up again with the 160s but this time the towering Sonus Faber Aida 2s were on display.  Musical Surroundings brought in its big guns on the analog side loading up a number of gorgeous HRS SXR audio stands with M3X isolation bases.  Here was the equipment on offer:

Clearaudio analog:

  • Clearaudio Innovation turntable with piano white lacquer ($17,250)
  • Clearaudio Olympus turntable stand with piano white lacquer ($15,500)
  • Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement phono cartridge ($16,000)
  • Clearaudio Statement clamp ($1,000)
  • Clearaudio Outer Limit periphery clamp ($1,350)
  • Clearaudio Absolute Phono Inside ($15,000)

Garth Leerer was not done and also had a second table from AMG:

  • AMG Viella V12 Doppio turntable ($29,250) with AMG 12J2 and 12JT tonearms
  • AMG Turbo tonearm cable ($2,250)
  • AMG Reference tonearm cable ($1,500)
  • DS Audio Master1 Optical phono cartridge and EQ ($22,500)
  • Hana ML moving coil cartridge ($1,200)

Electronics were top flight as well:

  • Audio Research Reference 3 phono stage ($14,000)
  • Audio Research Reference 6 line stage ($14,000)
  • Audio Research CD9 CD player and DAC ($13,000)
  • Audio Research Ref 160M mono amplifiers ($30,000/pair)

And of course the Sonus Faber Aida 2 loudspeakers.  … Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Quintessence and Musical Surroundings, a devotion to sound

By | June 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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A world within the show, a Quintessence Audio LTD exhibit only requires a few steps physically (none socially) to transport you to a wonderland of high-end audio toys. For one weekend a year, the Chicago area showroom gathers up its roots and re-plants itself large at Axpona. Often taking up an entire floor of the show tower, this year Mick Survance and his crew set up shop at the proper nexus of the audio show traffic.

Given enough time in any industry, navigating the metaphorical road that is predictable success becomes intuition.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Quintessence Audio Rocks the House

By | May 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve been a fan of Audio Research for a while.  It started back around 1990 with a trip to Lyric Hifi in New York City where I was lucky enough to find the legendary Mike Kay.  We got along very well and he was determined to show me what high end audio could do.  We wound up listening to his Infinity IRS V setup but wound up in a more affordable room with Magnepan IIIa speakers and Audio Research gear.  I bought the IIIas but could not yet swing the ARC gear.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Audio Research, Clearaudio help MartinLogan make a new statement

By | October 8th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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There are some things that are rarely seen in the wild, like the white lion or the snow leopard. High-end audio similarly has its own infrequently encountered species, but a major show is a good place to go looking for them.

I’d been hearing reports this year about MartinLogan’s new flagship electrostatic loudspeaker, the Neolith, but I’d not personally put eyes — or ears — on one. But in the rarified altitude of the second floor of the Denver Marriott Tech Center, I came face to face with the imposing beasts.… Read the full article

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