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À La Carte Productions, Luminous Audio, Ortofon, Spendor, Tweek Geek, Vienna Acoustics, VPI – Florida 2019

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The story of this room was great sound. Despite the stated “Value Room” moniker dubbed by À La Carte Productions, and their exhibit room comprising of a system only totally $9,781 USD, I never felt like anything I was hearing was compromised at any point.

Most interesting was hearing the VPI Industries Player ($1,500 USD w/ Ortofon 2M Red) with both the 2M Blue ($236) and 2M Mono ($356) cartridges. I reviewed the Player in 2018, and had it in house for almost six months.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: Dynamic Sound Associates (DSA), Analogue Productions, VPI Industries, Luminous Audio Technology, Vienna Acoustics, Tweek Geek

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Dynamic Sound Associates (DSA) and Analogue Productions hosted a two room exhibition of high-quality vinyl pressings, along with award winning systems. DSA always impresses, no matter the show or venue, and this time at the Florida Audio Expo was no different.

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It was only a little over one year ago that I heard DSA’s Pre I, Phono II, and Amp I helming a system consisting of a VPI Industries front end, and Studio Electric loudspeakers handling the “presentation” position of the audio chain.… Read the full article

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CES 2019: Technics SL-1500 and SL-1200MK7 | First Listen

By | January 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Technics continues its re-entry into the turntable arena bringing something for both both the DJ and Audiophile audience with the annoucement of SL-1200MK7 and SL-1500 turntables.

The SL-1200 originally released in 1972 became the standard turntable for DJs for decades. Built on a direct drive system and large platter it provided reliability, speed and stability for clubs. Black dots surrounding its platter and large pitch control button are part of the SL-1200 signature.

Although SL-1200 has seen some updates over the years, its last major update was in 2002 with the release of the 30th Anniversary SL-1200MK5G.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Göbel Audio and CH Precision

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

What a system this was!  Clarity, huge dynamics, genuinely involving sound.  I hit this room three times.  It was that good.  Elliot Goldman had brought all his top gear.  Okay, honestly he stacked the deck…or should I say they stacked the CH Precision boxes?   There were literally dozens of them.  I’ll explain this is a minute.

We were listening to Göbel‘s Epoque Aeon Reference speakers at $220,000.  The electronic stack was an impressive set of CH Precision gear including:

  • M1.1 power amplifiers at $54,000 each
  • L1 mono preamplifier at $58,000
  • X1 power supplies at $17,000
  • D1 SACD/CD transport at $38,000
  • T1 10mhz Time Reference with GPS at $28,600
  • C1 Dual Mono DAC with streaming at $73,000
  • P1 Dual Monaural Phono stage at $31,000

Supporting gear was also terrific:

  • TW Acustic Raven AC turntable with Anniversary board and three motor drive system at $24,000
  • TW Acustic 10.5 inch tonearm at $5,500
  • Ortofon A95 cartridge at $6,500
  • Miyajima Madake cartridge at $6,000
  • Sonore Signature Rendu at $3,445
  • Sonic Orbitor 10TB at $2,000

Cable was Göbel’s Lacorde Statement series:

  • Balanced Cables 1.2 meters at $7,000
  • Speaker Cables 3 meter pair at $23.000
  • Ethernet Cable 1.2 meter at $5,100
  • USB Cable 1.2 meter at $5,100
  • Digital Cable 1.2 meter at $3,500
  • Power Cable 2.0 meter ay $8.500

System was sitting on Core Audio equipment racks and stands.  … Read the full article

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CAF 2018: DeVore, Doshi, J. Sikora; Sound to the nines

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

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Devore Fidelity is still monkeying around, Doshi Audio goes hybrid, and J. Sikora sets a new Standard.

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Doshi Audio has grown into its commercial and critical success, achieving recent prominence in the high-end electronics community. Here at Capital Audiofest, Doshi Audio was showing off their current Tape Stage Preamplifier — universally considered the finest Tape Stage Preamplifier ever produced — in concert with their (Hybrid) Stereo Amplifier. This is Doshi’s first Hybrid design, which only needs only two gain stages to deliver 65 watts per channel into 4 Ohms (Other impedances available on request).… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Verity Audio Montsalvat System

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been a fan of the Parsifal loudspeakers from Verity Audio for a while now, having heard several nice systems with them.  But I was unprepared for what High Fidelity Services showed in the huge Primrose room near CanJam.  They brought out a $1.1 million (!) flagship system called the Montsalvat with huge towers and a fully dedicated electronics line under the same brand.  Yet again, Andre Jennings was in attendance and offered up a wonderful jazz LP which we spun on the TW Acustic Raven Black Knight with Raven Phono stage.  … Read the full article

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VPI Player Review | The Millennial Audiophile

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

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VPI re-imagines the turntable, and creates a new product category with the Player

When I speak about record collecting with the under thirty-five crowd, initially many of them see vinyl as a low-fi medium, much like cassette tapes, and 8-tracks. This impression was created by dusty hand-me-down turntables, and record collections of which most have unkempt and dirty grooves. Along with many of the new records purchased during the “2008 vinyl resurgence” being played on these un-serviced thrift-store turntables, many more will find their way to the affordable shopping-mall Crosley suitcase models.… Read the full article

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KLIAVS 2018: High-end sound in Perfect Hi-Fi’s room

By | July 17th, 2018|Categories: Av2day, Nordost|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Audio Research Reference 160M monoblock sampofier.
Audio Research Reference 160M monoblock amplifier.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Perfect Hi-Fi will be setting up a very high-end system for this weekend’s AV show.

 

In Its Diamond 1 room, there will be an expensive system comprising the Audio Research Reference 160M monoblocks, Audio Research Reference CD9, Audio Research Reference 6 preamp, Audio Research Reference 3 phono preamp, Sonus Faber Aida II and Kronos Pro turntable with Ortofon cartridge. Cabling will be Nordost Odin 2 and Valhalla 2 interconnects, speaker cables and power cord with tweaks like Quantum QRT QX4 and QB8.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: The Audio Surgeon, just what the doctor ordered

By | May 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Climbing the peaks of the auditory mountain top can be quite the adventure, that is, if you have the right guide. Step in Dr. Andrew S. Collen, better known in audiophile circles as the The Audio Surgeon. Helping his clients develop and achieve their dreams is one thing, helping manufacturers develop their products? That is something special and to take in consideration when consulting a dealer within the sphere of influence of The Audio Surgeon.

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AXPONA 2018 Coverage brought to you by Zesto Audio

The Audio Surgeon story could be a long one, but I’ll do my best to convey the important details while also moving along for the sake of reading time.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: High Fidelity Services, Verity Audio, and Trilogy Audio Systems prove that size doesn’t matter (again)

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

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An emotional journey into political contemplation and social suffering wasn’t what I expected to leave the Verity Audio room with. The delivery medium however; compelling, infectious, and memorable. Stand out moments in my listening experiences are rare, but when they do happen, I commit fully.

Verity Audio’s Otello debuted in Munich last year, and sadly I wasn’t able to be there for it’s premier performance. Finally having the chance to audition them here at Axpona made up for my absence in spades.Read the full article

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