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RMAF 2018: Gryphon Audio and Tweak Studio

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

I closed my eyes.  A strange but familiar world of percussion and bass beats opened up in my imagination across a vast soundstage.  I forgot about my exhaustion from a full day of walking the halls and taking hundreds of photos.  I reconnected with Yello in a way that even my system back home was not yet capable of.  “La Habanera…La Habanera…”  The walking bass line Yello is famous for was vivid.  There was a wonderful flow to the music.  Note decays trailed off into infinity.  … Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Magico, VAC provide head-soothing sound

By | July 11th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Toward the end of three hectic days covering the Los Angeles Audio Show, I was coming down with a nasty migraine as I entered the large Scott Walker Audio room at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel.

Valve Amplification Co. CEO Kevin Hayes was standing just inside the door. I managed a weak “hello” and followed with a probably incoherent question about one of his preamps, before plopping down on the nearest chair.

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Magica S5 MK II

The headache was actually starting to obstruct my visual field, so I had to turn sideways and squint to see that the front of the room held a pair of Magico S5 Mk.… Read the full article

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