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CAF 2018: MoFi, Tenacious Sound and a Whole Lotta Real Estate

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Tenacious Sound, one of my old dealers out of Syracuse, New York, has been busy expanding over the last couple of years–owner Shayne Tenace has moved his base of operation into Augusta, Georgia and has just purchased a store in Jacksonville, Florida. Shayne teamed with industry stalwarts such as Jonathan Derda from MoFi and Lenny Mayeux from Audience to make a big presence at the 2018 Cap[ital Audiofest. Tenacious Sound had a total of eight systems set up in four separate rooms, covering nearly all price points.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Falcon Acoustics, Primare and the Incredible LS3/5a

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m a huge fan of the LS3/5a…are you? If so, you probably know all about Falcon Acoustics, the only manufacturer licensed by the BBC who is continuing to produce the original 15 ohm LS3/5a design in 2018. Falcon, located in Oxford, England, manned three rooms at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest—one that featured a simple set-up around their LS3/5a ($2995/pair), a larger room focused around their new tower speaker, the Reference GC6500R ($26,000/pair), and an incredible third room filled with LS3/5as from different makes, vintages, crossovers and impedances.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Seeing Stars with Manger, MoFi

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

I always love discovering new gear that is musical.  One of the new to me products presented itself in the MoFi Distribution room.  Norbert Schmied and Jonathan Derda outdid themselves with a beautiful sounding pair of Manger S1 Active Loudspeakers ($24,995) paired with a debuting Primare Pre35 Prisma ($4,995) Primare R32 phono stage.  On analog duty was a Dr. Feickert Volare turntable with Origin Live Silver tonearm ($3,495), a new price point for excellent Feickert sound.  Cartridge was the My Sonic Lab Eminent EX MC cartridge ($3,995) and a Little Fwend Automatic Tonearm Lifter High ($249).  … Read the full article

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Primare’s Prisma party

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Scandinavia’s most underrated hifi manufacturer? The case for Sweden’s Primare is strong. Perhaps it’s their products’ understated looks that have kept the brand flying beneath this commentator’s radar until now…

Prisma is the company’s smartphone controlled, network audio platform, one that carries support for Bluetooth, Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect and GoogleCast, and is included in all three products introduced at Munich High-End 2017:

1) The i35 Prisma integrated amplifier (€4500) carries forward the development of Primare’s 30 Series integrated amplifiers and is, according to company representative Terry Madalen, the first to use Primare’s UFPD 2 power system – “a radical reworking” of all-analogue Class-D technology – to net 150wpc into 8 Ohms.… Read the full article

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