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McIntosh MT2 Precision Turntable to join MT5, and MT10 models

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

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The brand new McIntosh Labs MT2.

I opened the McIntosh Labs email with trepidation this week as I’ve begun to fear whiplash from the speed of product development pouring forth from the hallowed halls of the Binghamton, New York-based high fidelity manufacture. The company is going through a renaissance recently with intense research & development into updates of not only time-tested models in its very deep lineup, but brand new model launches. Take the MT2 Precision Turntable, nicely slotted-in to the entry level of the company’s ‘table lineup which currently sports the MT5, and MT10 models.… Read the full article

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Peter Qvortrup: High Fidelity, the Decline of the Decades

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

This is an article that first appeared in our new online PDF, downloadable magazine The Occasional last fall in it’s inaugural edition. We’ll be rolling out articles from it over the next week in anticipation of our upcoming second issue which is scheduled for publication February 3rd. We hope you enjoy this new, exclusive content, and that you’ll check out the Winter Edition of The Occasional when it drops 140 pages of fresh high fidelity reviews, audiophile gear highlights, lifestyle stories, and editorial  opinion.… Read the full article

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Technics announce SL-1000R turntable at CES with expected $20,000 USD price tag

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

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Technics SL-1000R.

Leave it to legendary turntable-manufacturing monster Technics (nee Panasonic) to put a Godzilla-like foot into the high-end analog ring. With the announcement at CES in Vegas Monday of the SL-1000R – boasting a rumoured $20,000 USD price tag, along with the SP-10R announced in September which is expected to come in around $10,000 USD – the Japanese record player company (among many other things high fidelity) is firmly saying “we’re back.”

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Technics SP-10R (sans plinth and tonearm)

These two decks should set hardcore turntablists hearts pounding, and their minds scheming at financing options to get their hands on either of these two precision ‘tables.… Read the full article

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The List: Five of the Best Phono Cartridges in The World

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to something new we’re going to try here on PTA thanks to our friend Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m going to be curating a new list every month featuring different categories of gear that I think you – our readers – have to hear under any circumstances you can arrange: beg, borrow, steal, drive for hours, hop a train, take a plane… you get what I’m saying. Price will not be a factor, with individual pieces on each list reflecting a spectrum of what I feel is the best.Read the full article

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Review: The Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon turntable with Sumiko Blackbird

By | December 10th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Reflecting on the Pro-Ject RPM 9.

Playing records is – as my good friend once told me – the audiophile version of the Japanese tea ceremony. It is all about preparation, and presentation. There is a strong visual aesthetic to the act of putting an LP on a turntable, cueing up the tonearm, and dropping the needle into the groove. If you’re not sure of how to do it, it shows, and you lose some of the inherent grace, intelligence and sophistication that having a turntable, and a record collection, connotes in many people’s minds.… Read the full article

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The List: Five of the Best Turntables in the World

By | November 26th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to something new we’re going to try here on PTA thanks to our friend Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m going to be curating a new list every month featuring different categories of gear that I think you – our readers – have to hear under any circumstances you can arrange: beg, borrow, steal, drive for hours, hop a train, take a plane… you get what I’m saying. Price will not be a factor, with individual pieces on each list reflecting a spectrum of what I feel is the best.Read the full article

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DVL Album of the Month for November – the dub god King Tubby

By | November 25th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is a monthly series of album reviews I will be doing for DVL Audio here in Canada. I’ll be heading out to a local record store in Vancouver, digging through the bins, and coming up with an intriguing LP to discuss here on Part-Time Audiophile. I’ll never go out with something in mind beforehand, and there is no criteria for whether it’s a new album, an old album, an out-of-print LP, electronic, classical, jazz, punk – whatever – it just has to sound good to me.Read the full article

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Spending time with Fern & Roby for a factory tour, film, and interviews

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Virginia is for Lovers.

That’s what the bumper sticker said on the car in front of me.

The air was muggy, and charged with electricity as the windshield wipers tried to clear the rain from a summer thunderstorm. I was sitting with Christopher Hildebrand, and Sara Moriarty in their station wagon idling at a traffic light; that’s when I noticed the slogan. As I took in the scene of strip malls, and gas stations my mind wandered past the lowland forests in the distance, and the surrounding countryside gave way in the unseeable distance to the rolling Appalachian hills of the Blue Ridge mountains made famous by John Denver so many years before.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Rafe wraps up the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Risky Business is a classic American film about coming of age, materialism, capitalist society, and taking chances. My son brought it up in a recent conversation about movies, and I couldn’t help but mentally compare it to the current state of high fidelity after reading John Stancavage’s closing piece on RMAF published HERE. Stancavage wondered aloud if high-end audio sales could remain buoyant riding a prosperous US economy, or (as I was imagining) if they would end up sinking like the Porsche 928 Tom Cruise’s character Joel lets slide into Lake Michigan during the film.… Read the full article

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Capital Audiofest 2017: Technics dismantles the competition

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Model Credit: Michael Trei

You remember Technics right? The creators of many great mid-70s super-receivers and of course the ever iconic “DJ workhorse” the Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable. Now a bit of trivia for you: Technics’ first product was a sealed two-way loudspeaker produced in the 1960s. I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that. I didn’t. I attained that information from Bill Voss directly, he is Technics’ business development manager for the U.S. market. Bill’s masterful understanding of how to engage showgoers during Capital Audiofest was real pleasure to witness.Read the full article

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