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BlowTorch Audio Werks, Russ Gates | Lone Star Audio Fest 2019

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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DALLAS (PTA) — Blowtorch Audio Werks founder and chief designer Russ Gates is showing one of the most impressive loudspeakers at the show. Completed only a dozen hours before the show, Russ Gate’s new four-driver (active), two-driver (passive) tower loudspeaker brings the fun, dynamics and mid-range clarity that round out one of the most fun and audiophile pleasing sounds of the show.

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The concept for Russ’ loudspeaker reaches back a full three years. The cabinets were ready during that time, but only fully realized as a complete loudspeaker just weeks before the show with driver selection and crossover assembly completion in their final stages.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2019: Parasound debuts new integrated with built-in DAC and phonostage, Buchardt stupefies

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

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CHICAGO (PTA) — After going all-in with its high-end Halo products at the recent Florida Audio Expo (Tampa) show in February 2019, Parasound now focuses it’s efforts on debuting more affordable audio components at Axpona 2019. This time, it’s Parasound’s NewClassic line that receives another great update with the NewClassic 200 INT Integrated Amplifier.

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It’s true, Parasound has made recent updates to the NewClassic and Z-Custom lines. The new Zphono XRM has been exactly what audiences have been clamoring for in an affordable but high-quality phono-stage from Parasound.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2019: Must See Rooms, Friday (Day One)

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

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CHICAGO (PTA) — This year’s AXPONA audio show is already on course to be their biggest, and most newsworthy yet. Lots of product debuts are happening at this show, and we’re committed to bringing you the most extensive coverage of what’s NEW and out-of-this-world in the hi-fi universe. Let’s start with the Must See Rooms for Friday (Day One) of Axpona 2019

Room #370 — Vana Ltd., Audio Physic, EAT (European Audio Team), Okki Nokki

Axpona will mark the world premier of the NEW EAT Forte Leather Edition with new high mass platter and NEW F-note Tonearm.… Read the full article

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Spring 2019 Issue Available Now | The Occasional Magazine

By | April 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Our Latest Issue

Our Spring 2019 issue of The Occasional Magazine is now available for download! This time out, the team brings us a suite of new reviews.

In this issue, we have brand new gear reviews: Trenner & Friedl ARt monitors, Sonus Faber Serafino Tradition, Parasound Halo Hint 6, Simaudio 390, and the Dragon Inspire IHA-1 + Focal Clear Headphones + Moon Audio Silver Dragon cable.

Also in this issue, the glories of Rioja, selvage denim, Eric Dolphy, the first Automatic-Winding Chronograph, a poetic turn through New York City, and a visit to Furnace Records!

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Florida 2019: Integrity Sound, Parasound, Martin Logan, Rega, Aurender, AudioQuest

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Parasound shows off some incredible new products, Martin Logan stands tall as ever, Rega and Aurender did the cooking, and AudioQuest set the table.

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If there was an award for “most fun and playful atmosphere” at an audio show, Parasound and Martin Logan’s exhibit at the Florida Audio Expo would be tops on my list of nominees. The pairing of Dennis Chern (of Martin Logan) and Phil Jackson (of Parasound, not the Chicago Bulls) is a recipe for great demonstrations, good music, and an engaging and fun atmosphere.… Read the full article

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Parasound’s New Zphono XRM is a Big Step Up from Entry-level Zphono

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

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Our good friend, Gordon Sell of GSPR, alerted us to some genuinely exciting news from Parasound. The wildly popular Zphono phono preamplifier from Parasound’s ulta-compact Z line of components get’s updated in a huge way. For those in the know, the existing Zphono at $200 USD is already a bargain player that hit’s hard for it’s asking price. The new Zphono XRM at $599 USD now takes all things analog to another level.

The new Parasound Zphono XRM phono preamplifier offers higher performance, dual-input MM and MC, with XLR outputs, adjustable MC loading, rumble filter, and mono/stereo switch.… Read the full article

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KEF, Parasound, Straight Wire, The Vinyl Revivers, The Audio Hunters – CAF 2018

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m a fan of the KEF Uni-Q driver. I own pair of KEF Q100’s that I keep on hand for road warrior duties. I take them to vinyl parties (the records, not the sex), the occasional record store day event, and sometimes I have even brought them along on a third date. Trust me, the KEF Uni-Q sound is seductive, and thoroughly cooperative with my varied social agendas.

Arriving to the KEF room on Sunday, much later than I expected, I ran into Johan Coorg (KEF’s global brand manager).… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: The Vinyl Revivers, MyTek, Accuphase, Sonner Audio; A sound I would love to come home to

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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The Vinyl Revivers bring value to the game, MyTek brings a big apple, Accuphase reminds me of my childhood, and Sonner Audio definitely is the all joining smooth one.

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The Vinyl Revivers is a passion project created by Russ Katz. Russ is a music lover, whose passion for involved listening runs deep. Delving into his childhood experiences of listening to music of all genres with his father and mother, his devotion to good sound and attentive listening experiences show through in his cultivation of high-end audio products.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: KEF Reference 1 and a Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call

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

“We’re going to start off Saturday morning with some RAWK!”

Mornings at high-end audio shows, at least the first hour or so, are usually dedicated to quieter music. The hallways haven’t quite filled up yet, and many of the exhibitors are still nursing hangovers from partying the night before. Okay, maybe I’m generalizing here, or at least bringing a few too many of my personal experiences into it. But heavy metal at 10am?

KEF (website), along with the folks at The Audio Hunters and The Vinyl Revivers says yes.… Read the full article

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2018 RMAF: Marc’s Wrap-Up

By | November 25th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I haven’t attended a high-end audio show as a member of the press in nearly a decade, and I’ve never done a “wrap-up” before, so this will be both an honor and a stroll into the wilderness. The 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was indeed a thrill–I haven’t been there for the last two or three years and it was a pleasure to return. I had one small problem, however, with getting lost. This was the first time I’ve been to the DTC Marriott since the renovation, and everything was moved around.… Read the full article

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