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IMC Audio, Pass Labs and Audience – CAF 2018

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

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I often harass showgoers for their opinions. It was Saturday afternoon, nearing the close of the show and I petitioned two elderly gentlemen to offer up some of their favourite rooms from the show. Outwardly one of the two men proclaimed he had only one, the IMC Audio room. I offered a few of my own, hoping he hadn’t been to them yet. He told me, “I’ve been to those rooms, and they just don’t hold up to the IMC room.” Intrigued and a little ego-hurt, I listened further as he told me why the rooms I liked were garbage, and why the IMC room was better at holding the torch for all of the audiophile virtues we seek.Read the full article

Auris Audio Fortissimo Integrated Amplifier Review

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Auris Audio (website) is a somewhat new addition to the rich high-end audio tradition of the central European country of Serbia.

If that strikes you as odd, let me assure you that yes, they’ve got a robust market for high-end audio manufacturing there! There are some wonderful and well-established companies from that part of the world doing some truly amazing things in the High-End corner of our hobby. A couple of the of better-known ones immediately come to mind.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: Must See Rooms, Friday

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Nordost, 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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Ryan Speakers and Pass Labs – RMAF 2018

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

While Ryan Speakers certainly has a flushed out line of floor standers to standmounts, its the new S610 that has really caught our eye as of late. Their room at RMAF this year was a relatively simple one, lined up next to elaborate vinyl incarnations and room-filling giant horn speakers. But it was simplicity with a cold shot of hifi accuracy, dynamics and well… value, all things considered.

The entire system wasn’t what most consider fully budget value, as each component easily sailed victoriously north of $2k per, but rather an interesting mix of slightly more attainable high end.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Must See Rooms of Sunday

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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There are over 400 brands exhibiting here at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Making this event one of largest audio shows in North America. For some this can seem overwhelming. and cause a bit of anxiety. Alas, have no fear, the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are ready to be your audio show guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started and off on the right foot.

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dCS’s new Bartók DAC with Headphone Amplifier could be all the heat you need to keep your ears warm this winter.… Read the full article

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Bakoon AMP-41 Review | An Open Window

By | September 30th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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The Bakoon Amp-41 integrated amplifier was a mystery to me. As in “no preconceived notions” whatsoever.  Sometimes, we get to evaluate gear that has been reviewed to death by the major players, talked about incessantly in the back corridors of the audio chatrooms, and the like.  It’s fun, but like it or not, I feel like I know more than I want to about the product before I ever get to hear it for myself.  My initial thought when Scot Hull handed me this amp was something like “Bakoon? … Read the full article

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Review: First Watt SIT-3 Amplifier

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

To those who follow aviation history, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson is something of a legend. In case you are unfamiliar with the name, Johnson was a chief designer for Lockheed Martin who was the brains behind such legendary aircraft as the U2 and SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. These designs were so top secret that they were conceived and developed in a nebulous location known as the “Skunk Works” and eventually tested at Groom Lake in the Nevada desert, which is known more universally as Area 51.… Read the full article

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Ryan Speakers, PASS Labs and PS Audio – The Show 2018

By | June 7th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

There are many pairs of things that provide a greater value together than apart. Peanut butter and jelly, Jack and Coke, Jamo and Ginger…well a lot cheap drinks really. The one thing I like the most at audio shows is detail + tone, and Ryan speakers in room 315 at THE SHOW in Irvine nailed it with their new pair of S Series S610 bookshelves ($4k).

Recently unveiled at Munich, the new S Series standmount is not even up on the company site yet – but bigger brother S840 floor stander is.… 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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