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Studio Electric M4 Review | The Millennial Audiophile

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

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Studio Electric looks for a higher class of consideration

Call me crazy but I have a particularly unwavering bias in this hobby for sound and sound only. I do not personally subscribe to the church of audio-bling, although I don’t mind its existence or necessity in another’s sense of taste. I understand the appeal high-end-audio-jewelry and cost-no-object endeavors that embody faultless craftsmanship inside and out. I don’t fault high-end audio manufacturers for looking to one-up each other by creating flashy high-end-art pieces as much as they are high-end-high-fidelity.… Read the full article

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The Millennial Audiophile: “I Hear An Epiphany”

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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One afternoon while collecting Krispy Kreme donuts with my friend Vivian, she began a discussion concerning her vinyl collection. Vivian wanted me to photograph her record wall. One half of Vivian’s apartment living room is decorated with album sleeves from her record collection. Vivian is an enthusiastic vinyl collector. Her launching point was an inherited record collection, one that belonged to her father. As her father had moved away from vinyl records back in the early “convenience era” of cassette tape and CDs, the family’s record collection found itself relegated to the metaphoric attic.Read the full article

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The Record Store Day Hi-Fi Roadshow at Gravity Records

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

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“Just to let you know, we have a high-fidelity stereo system in the store today. I invite you to select any record from the shelf, take the center yellow chair, sit back for a listen… and did I mention we have free bourbon?”

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As someone who identifies as an audiophile part-time, I spend the other half of my double life as a regular person. I live in the real world both economically and mentally. I have responsibilities and avocations that I take rather seriously.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: The Sight of Sound

By | November 17th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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A wrap-up photo journal of this year’s Rocky Mountain Audiofest in Denver, Colorado.

GTT Audio 
MasterBuilt Audio, Von Schweikert


High End by Oz
Raidho Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics


Neat Acoustics
Audia Flight, High Fidelity Services


Monitor Audio 
Roksan, Kevro International


Listen Up 
Tannoy, Peachtree Audio


Bricasti Design  
Wilson Benesch, Oyaide Cable


Zesto Audio 
Marten, Merrill-Williams Audio


LampizatOr 
Salk Sound, WyWires


Schiit Audio
Salk Sound


McIntosh Laboratories
Sonus Faber


Davone 
Rogers High Fidelity, Wax Stacks


Spatial 
Vinnie Rossi, Anticables


Voxativ 

Project Sumiko

 

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RMAF 2017: More Must See Rooms

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

Photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

I have more brands, dealers, and vendors you might want to put on your short list of MUST SEE ROOMS for Sunday. Also, let us know in the comments below of any rooms you have on your personal must see list.

FOCAL (Cottonwood / Bistro)

Bringing something special to the table, I think you might find their new offerings much more listenable and fatigue free than some of previous years. Still delightful to fans, and a pleasant surprise me.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Mile-high in Denver with PS Audio, Fern & Roby, Nagra, Tidal, Zu, DeVore Fidelity, and Tone Imports

By | October 7th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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PS Audio P20

Paul McGowan of PS Audio was grinning ear-to-ear as he started telling me about the company’s brand new P20 PureStream Power Plant Friday morning at RMAF inside the Denver Marriott Tech Centre.

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Paul McGowan of PS Audio, (centre).

We first reported on the new Power Plant in September when PS made their initial announcement, but this was the first chance to see the P20 up close, and personal. First off, it’s massive, dwarfing the previous flagship P10 Power Plant by a significant margin, and outpacing the P10 in every department.… Read the full article

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Dancing with the big boys: the powerfully persuasive Peachtree nova300

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Before you get stuck into the nova300 review below, check out DAR’s overview of Peachtree’s latest nova range as well as the my review of its baby brother, the nova150.


How many?

How many integrated amplifiers do you know of whose spirit of unification waves buh-bye to kabelsalat and a (potentially) costly hifi rack? Peachtree Audio’s nova300 invites us to connect loudspeakers and a source for a complete system, nothing more to add.

How many integrated amplifiers do you know of that include a hi-res PCM- and DSD-capable ESS 9018K2M Sabre D/A converter – bowel fed via asynchronous USB, coaxial or TOSLINK – whose performance rivals that of the AudioQuest DragonFly Red but dispenses with its interceding 3.5mm to RCA breakout cable?… Read the full article

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A new generation calling: the utterly marvellous Peachtree nova150

By | September 14th, 2016|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Thump and wallop were noted as the prominent features of a Rega RP8-charged mid-afternoon romp through a 2LP vinyl take on Aphex Twin’s I Care Because You Do; a muscular and meaty KEF LS50 listening experience.

Nine hours later and we were closing in on midnight. The KEFs had been swapped out for the Spatial Hologram M4 Turbo S. SPLs were driven south in the interest of neighbourly consideration.

With Lambchop’s languid Mr. M oozing from the Sonore microRendu over USB, an abundance of micro-dynamic flicker maintained listener focus.… Read the full article

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