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The look of love: Rega, iFi & Cabasse

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

In locating a new laptop we might look for the fastest CPU, the largest amount of RAM and the biggest hard drive. Hang everything else – performance is paramount.

Not every buyer works this way. Apple has built its Macbook success on selling last year’s hardware by offsetting any (perceived) performance hit with a sleeker shell, an increasingly lower-profile keyboard and a more elegant operating system. As many Alienware owners will attest, beauty remains in the eye of the beholder.

No matter what fibs we might tell ourselves, buying decisions aren’t based on performance alone.… Read the full article

Audio Advice: Music Matters 2018, and 40th Anniversary Celebration

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Audio Advice celebrates forty years in business by pulling out all the stops during their annual Music Matters event.

Music Matters, is an annual celebration of music listening. However this year is an extra special event as Audio Advice not only celebrates their love of music, but also 40 years in business. With nearly twice as many brands as usual on hand to meet with customers and demonstrate some of the most exciting audio gear on the planet, everyone was ready for this year’s event to be bigger than ever.… Read the full article

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Review: Getting my groove on with one-step vinyl releases

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

In business, it can be advantageous to cut out the middle man. In vinyl record production, too, less can be more. The latest mini-trend in the audiophile world is one-step recordings, which eliminate two parts of the manufacturing process.

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab dropped its first one-step record in 2016 with Santana’s Abraxas, followed early this year by the Bill Evans Trio’s Sunday at the Village Vanguard. Both quickly sold out. This fall, MFSL added Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly and reportedly is planning a handful more in 2018.… Read the full article

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Four to the floor with Voyeur

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Voyeur is Virgin Australia’s complimentary in-flight magazine whose “editorial pillars now revolve around enabling our reader to expand their horizons.”

Quoth editor Kirsten Rowlingson, “The core of what Voyeur is about is giving our readers the inspiration and information to enable them to explore new horizons. We do this through our four editorial pillars: Explore, Travel, Navigate and Unwind.”

A few months ago, Voyeur’s publisher Pacific magazines invited yours truly to pen a piece on “four must-buy records players” across four different price points.… 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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REGA Planar 6 Turntable

By | November 17th, 2017|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , |

REGA Accuracy

by Dick Tan

Rega's new Planar 6 seen here without platter mat and cover.  Engineered for optimum accuracy
Rega’s new Planar 6 seen here without platter mat and cover.  Engineered for optimum accuracy

Rega UK has recently announced the availability of its latest upper mid priced turntable, the Planar 6 which is available in several options.

 

Without cartridge,  the Planar 6 retails for RM5,295. With an mm cartridge the  Planar can be had for RM6,355 and with its high performance  Ania MC cartridge the asking price is RM7,420.

 

According to  Kim S.… Read the full article

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Rega launches all-new Planar 6 with Neo PSU, Ania moving-coil cartridge

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

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The Planar 6 cometh.

UK high fidelity manufacturer, and turntable-design legend Rega has just released an update to it’s highly-capable RP6, and following the form of the last couple years with other turntable upgrades in the line, it is transitioning to the Planar 6 moniker.

Having owned an RP6, I can say that it held fast to the sonic qualities Rega turntables have become synonymous with: pace, rhythm, timing. resolution, musicality, and for good measure – affordability.

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RP10 tech: Neo PSU.

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REGA to Showcase Latest Range at KL International AV Show 2017

By | June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rugged REGAs

by Dick Tan

 

REGA Brio P1
The new Rega Brio integrated amplifier and P1 turntable in high gloss finish

 

According to Kim S. Tay, Rega UK’s regional representative over this part of the world, Rega will be showcasing its latest range of audio products in the coming KL International AV Show 2017 via its Malaysian distributor, Asia Sound Equipment’s booth.

 

Among the products to be showcased are its latest entry level integrated amplifier the Brio and the latest version of its P1, P2 and P3 turntables.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: VTL creates mid-priced magic with Dynaudio, Naim

By | May 20th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s not unusual for high-end amplifiers to be a particularly good match with some speakers, but not others.

It’s been rare for me, however, to hear an amp from Chino, Calif.-based VTL sound anything less than impressive — and, more often, mind-blowing — on a broad range of speakers.

The company kept that string going at AXPONA, where its ST-150 tube amplifier ($6,000) was driving Dynaudio’s floor-standing Contour 60 ($10,000 a pair) in one of Chicago retailer ProMusica’s rooms.… Read the full article

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The Updated 2017 Rega Brio Amplifier

By | February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

One of the predominant entry-level loudspeaker amplifiers coming out of England has always been the Rega Brio. The amp has seen regular updates, and is now on its 6th reimagining in a brand new overhaul for 2017.

The new Brio still offers the same “half-size” form factor, included Rega MM phono stage and 50 Watts (into 8Ω), but this time around consumers also will get the added bonus of a headphone jack located on the front panel. The chassis has been redesigned with a more modern-looking knob and a rounded look to the front panel.… Read the full article

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