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CAF 2018: Luminous Audio Technology, PureAudioProject, and VPI Industries; The sound of freedom

By | November 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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VPI Industries lends a hand and two tonearms, Luminous Audio Technology and PureAudioProject share a philosophy, and Soundsmith moves us — along with some iron.

VPI Industries was lending a hand to Luminous Audio Technology and PureAudioProject, by handling the analog section of the demonstration. Outfitted with a Grado cartridge (that I didn’t spend enough time listening to) and a Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Star moving iron cartridge (which I spent too much time listening to) that sounds as good as anything pushing $5k, though it’s street price is well under $2k.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Can Jam – highlights and high-sounds

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

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I am not a headphone guy. Even in my youth, I was all about the room filling stereo experience. Seeking to learn more about the culture of head-fi that has sailed far off port without me, I tap my friend Jameson to be my guide.

This is a sound I can really get used to. When we talk about loudspeaker voicing we talk about the sound a brand is often known for, the way they blend and present the various frequencies of the music.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Legacy Audio and Raven Audio; two to tango

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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“Get ready for the new Raven Audio”

Like peanut butter and jelly, I can’t think of a finer synergy in hi-fi on display at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Legacy Audio loudspeakers have defined American design and lineage for several decades, but when the most recent years have gifted us the pairing of Legacy speakers and Raven Audio tube electronics, we’ve entered an era where the Legacy and Raven performance value now have to be considered legendary. Consistently one of the best exhibits in my audio show memory, a Legacy and Raven exhibit room by itself is still be worth the cost of admission.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: AURIS Audio; Handcrafted, Natural, Energetic, and Sensorial

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

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Amplifiers, DACs, headphone amplifiers, and speakers; all expertly crafted around a natural and cohesive sound. The Auris Audio components stand-out from the pack for challenging the conventions of both industrial design and sound. After hearing two systems from Auris at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, more than a few of Auris’ stable of products should be added to your auditioning short list.

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Auris Audio may be an unfamiliar name to many of you, and rightly so as it was recently founded in 2013 by a Milomir Trosic.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Vinnie Rossi, Triode Wire Labs, Harbeth; More than the sum of its parts

By | October 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Vinnie Rossi was showing off his latest and greatest L2 Signature Preamplifiers and L2 Monoblocks, which could handle a slew Harbeth speakers (big and small) extraordinarily well. At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest the Harbeth 40.2 Anniversary speakers flat-out rocked the show when tethered — via Triode Wire Labs cable — to Vinnie’s new mono-block powerhouses. Without any doubt, a must see (and hear) exhibit at the show.

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The other popular room with Vinnie Rossi electronics at the show. Or was the other room, the other room?… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Amphion, Benchmark – A homecoming story

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Firmly grounded with a history in studio and pro sound, Amphion returns to home audio with a stable of speaker designs, that to my ear, offer comforting treble and mid-range that complement the Amphion philosophy of how bass should be done — natural and just right. From desktop bookshelves to floor-standing reference towers, a little bit of everything was on hand for our first audition.

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Amphion is in the honesty business. Outfitting some of the best recording studios in the industry, their targets have been to exhibit the most detailed and reliable information possible to the best tools we have in the recording studio, the human ear.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Nola , VAC, Nordost; The Metro Grand Reference Gold 2, a live experience in-room

By | October 14th, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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It is almost impossible to visit every room at an audio show. To do so would require running shoes, twenty-something knees, and a stopwatch for limiting your listening window to only two minutes. Now with my excuses firmly in place, I want to take the opportunity to mention, that before this day at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in 2018, I had not reserved the requisite time to dedicate myself to in-action and listen to Nola speakers.

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Accent Speaker Technology is Nola, and I don’t know any other way to put it.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Auralic, YG Acoustics, Kubala-Sosna; Perfect timing and sound down to the atomic level

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

When I first walked into the Auralic + YG Acoustics room at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, admittedly a little anxiety washed over me. However, I’ll go into why later. For now, let’s talk about Auralic, a brand I (and we at Part Time Audiophile) have descent experience with. Auralic has been impressing the members of our team for a years now, and more recently of note, a lot of press writers around the industry with the debut of their G Series DACs and streamers.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018 Preview: Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks

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

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It’s that time of year again, RMAF 2018 is upon on us, and this year’s festival of sound proves to be just as exciting as any of the decade. Several of this year’s exhibits are North American debuts, along with a slew of new exhibitors bring their A-Game to Denver.

Here are just a few of the over 400 brands that will be showing this coming weekend. Be sure to make your way over to these rooms and booths for a listen.… Read the full article

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