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RMAF 2018: Verity Audio Montsalvat System

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

I’ve been a fan of the Parsifal loudspeakers from Verity Audio for a while now, having heard several nice systems with them.  But I was unprepared for what High Fidelity Services showed in the huge Primrose room near CanJam.  They brought out a $1.1 million (!) flagship system called the Montsalvat with huge towers and a fully dedicated electronics line under the same brand.  Yet again, Andre Jennings was in attendance and offered up a wonderful jazz LP which we spun on the TW Acustic Raven Black Knight with Raven Phono stage.  … Read the full article

AXPONA 2018: High Fidelity Services, Verity Audio, and Trilogy Audio Systems prove that size doesn’t matter (again)

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

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An emotional journey into political contemplation and social suffering wasn’t what I expected to leave the Verity Audio room with. The delivery medium however; compelling, infectious, and memorable. Stand out moments in my listening experiences are rare, but when they do happen, I commit fully.

Verity Audio’s Otello debuted in Munich last year, and sadly I wasn’t able to be there for it’s premier performance. Finally having the chance to audition them here at Axpona made up for my absence in spades.Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: High Fidelity Services, Neat Acoustics prove that size doesn’t matter

By | May 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Paul Manos of High Fidelity Services in Hingham, Massachusetts is a perennial show favourite. Their exhibit at this year’s Axpona was no different. Paul was pulling double-duty between two rooms showcasing his curated stable of brands, along with his experience as a successful distributor.

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Diminutive looks, with room dominating space and dynamics. To sit before Neat Acoustics’ new half-sized four-driver boxes, The Iota XPLORER, is to unknowingly step in the ring with a welterweight boxer and get your own bits handed to you.Read the full article

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Review: Assault on the state of the art headphones, the HiFiMan Susvara

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

This is not for the faint of heart, or wallet. If you think headphones have reached overwhelmingly high prices spare your time and don’t read this review. You have been warned.

Bumped upon Riccardo Yeh, talented musician, opera lover and HiFiMan’s international sales director. Come in he said, we have both Susvara and Shangri La playing side by side. I was sold.

Early summer, I couldn’t get those lush tunes out of my head. Went on and contacted Riccardo, a few weeks later a pair of Susvara was in my place along with an HE-6 adapter.… Read the full article

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Metaxas Ikarus integrated amplifier review

By | January 27th, 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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RMAF 2017: Neat’s new Xplorer has small footprint, big sound

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Iota Xplorer, a new speaker from Neat Acoustics, is only 29-inches high. Still, it towers over its older brother, the Iota Alpha, which stands just 16-inches tall.

Both speakers, interestingly, are intended as floor-standers and are designed to fill a decent-size room with sound. Both also share the same unique styling: a ported, rectangular wooden enclosure with a top section that slopes back sharply and holds several drivers.

I’ve been impressed with the performance of the diminutive and affordable Alpha ($1,995/pair, all prices in USD) at a few recent shows, so I was excited to hear the brand-new Xplorer (price TBA, estimated to be $5,000 to $5,500/pair when released in the first quarter of 2018) at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2017: Less is more for Neat, Audia Flight

By | June 6th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Some audiophiles have an unfortunate tendency to judge equipment at first glance by appearance alone.

Often they are guilty of stereotyping products, as in, “Small speaker? Probably small sound.”

Some visitors to the High Fidelity Services exhibit at AXPONA might have made that mistake when they saw the diminutive Neat Acoustics Iota Alpha speakers ($2,380 a pair).

These uniquely styled transducers are floor-standers, but they still are just under 16 inches tall without spikes.

The Iota’s cabinet is internally split into two chambers.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2016: High Fidelity Services Pulls Neat Trick, Takes Flight

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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When trudging down the hallways of a hotel packed with $200K+ systems, finding an exhibit making great sound at a more affordable level is almost as refreshing as encountering a room with an enabled air-conditioner.

A cool breeze and some engaging music greeted me as I entered the High Fidelity Services space at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. The contemporary, very compact speakers sitting at center stage, illuminated by spotlights in the dim room, were Neat Acoustics’ Iota Alpha model ($1,995 a pair).… Read the full article

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Review: Nagra HD DAC; or, Closing the gap between digital and analog

By | October 30th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Nagra founder Stefan Kudelski

There is not much to be said about Nagra Audio that has not been said already. The company goes back six decades, when Stefan Kudelski, a young talented engineer born in Poland but due to the second world war forced to move in Switzerland, after completing his studies in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1948 finally launched his first portable audio tape recorder.

The company remained an industry reference for portable audio recorders for decades, just consider that more than 10.000 Nagra III reel to reel tape recorders were sold.… Read the full article

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Capital Audiofest 2016: Because Tidal, enough said

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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I was told, years ago, that there were certain expectations that were completely legitimate to cling to. Horns have a certain sound to them, for example. As do triodes. And panel speakers. And ceramic drivers.

The problem, perhaps obvious giving the way I’m framing this, is that most of these expectations are wrong. Or, if not wrong in kind, certainly wrong in degree. Panel speakers do tend to blow up images to larger-than-life. Horns do tend to sound discontinuous. Triodes do tend to sound soft.… Read the full article

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