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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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Review: Linear Tube Audio ZOTL 10 Mk.II Amplifier

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Concurrent with my receipt of the amplifier up for review here, Linear Tube Audio’s (LTA) ZOTL 10 Mk.II, came another welcome piece of news: the well-regarded German jazz/classical label ECM had decided to release its entire catalog for streaming via Tidal and other services. Most audiophile types are well aware of this label, especially for its collection of albums by interesting European and American jazz artists, all rendered in superbly recorded sound. It’s one of my favorite jazz labels, going back to my time as a teenager when my brothers and I would collect all of the early Pat Metheny ECM vinyl we could find.… 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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