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Naim Audio Uniti Atom vs. UnitiQute vs. Smoked Eel

By | May 30th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Naim Audio Uniti Atom

Fergus Henderson—the chef who’s the reason the hip restaurant around the corner from you serves bone marrow, sweetbreads, and other animal bits—opens his seminal cookbook Nose to Tail Eating: A Kind of British Cooking, with a terse description of lunch at Sweetings. When you order the smoked eel at the bar of this London seafood institution, the waiter behind the counter yells to a runner, who then hands the eel over your shoulder to the waiter, who places it under the counter, and then in front of you “as if they had it all along”.… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio Podcast #4 – Uptown Top Ranking

By | April 24th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

The Darko.Audio podcast is primarily intended to provoke thought among listeners. But gently. Carefully. With consideration.

“I think listeners see right through presenters who try to jazz up their talk with hollow words such as amped, pumped and psyched. My genuine enthusiasm for – and criticism of – music and playback hardware comes from both a broad industry overview and quiet consideration of the specifics that I see and hear. I hope our podcast reflects my more sober take on what’s good”, says John Darko.… Read the full article

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Audio Ramblings – The AURALiC Aries G2 Streaming Transporter

By | March 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn, Mytek Manhattan II, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

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What’s your pick for top product of 2017? Tell us by Dec. 16 and qualify to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Red

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

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The crew members here at Part-Time Audiophile are busy making their lists and checking them twice. Rather than picking out toys, sweaters and bad ties, however, we’ve been selecting the audio components that jingled our bells in 2017.

In a few weeks, we’ll share our selections with you. But we thought this year we’d add something new. We want to know about the most outstanding gear that you, dear readers, heard this year.

So, in the comment section of this specific post, either on the PTA website or PTA’s  Facebook page, tell us the one best component you heard all year.… Read the full article

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Audio Ramblings – The CORE and EDGE from Antipodes, Part 1

By | November 7th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

So it is now 2017, and many of us music lovers and gear nuts have moved into the area of playing back our music files (streamed or downloaded from the internet or ripped from a CD) in some fashion. The world of computer-based audio has evolved from using an off-the-shelf PC or Mac to do this, to a tweaked PC or Mac—and in either case via software written for just this purpose as opposed to that which is free (iTunes or Windows Media vs say that from JRiver, Audirvana, Amarra, etc.)—to purpose built streamers/renderers from say AURALiC, Antipodes, Aurender, SoTM, and so on.… Read the full article

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AVM Ovation CS 6.2 Streaming CD-Receiver

By | September 1st, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

AVM Ovation CS 6.2 Streaming CD-Receiver

AVM Audio Video Manufaktur GmbH is a German company that has been around more than 30 years but has only recently made a significant push into the United States. They have a huge catalog of electronic components separated into three product lines. The Ovation series is their current top of the line brand. After living with the AVM CS 6.2 for several weeks I’ve come to believe the “V” in the company name really stands for “Versatile” as this single device can play just about anything (except phono which requires a separate phono stage) the modern audiophile has to draw from.… Read the full article

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