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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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DVL Album of the Month for November – the dub god King Tubby

By | November 25th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is a monthly series of album reviews I will be doing for DVL Audio here in Canada. I’ll be heading out to a local record store in Vancouver, digging through the bins, and coming up with an intriguing LP to discuss here on Part-Time Audiophile. I’ll never go out with something in mind beforehand, and there is no criteria for whether it’s a new album, an old album, an out-of-print LP, electronic, classical, jazz, punk – whatever – it just has to sound good to me.Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch make a statement with Cardinal loudspeaker

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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I first auditioned a pair of Wilson Benesch speakers about a decade ago at a Dallas dealer. I had come in primarily to listen to a tube amp I fancied, but the sight of the large floorstanders got me curious.

I had read positive reviews on the company’s products. Seeing them up close was intriguing, as the woodwork – in this case, a gorgeous cherry – was beautiful. What I remember was that I came away impressed by their sound, too, especially the detailed high frequencies.… Read the full article

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More tangential-tracking pivoted tonearms

By | May 26th, 2017|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

More designers have been inspired by the Thales tonearm and there were at least two tangential-tracking pivoted tonearms – one on demo and the other on static display – at the Munich High End last weekend.

 

One was by a company called Reed from Lithuania which uses a laser and linear sensor array to ensure that the tonearm’s position is precise.

 

The Reed 5T laser-controlled tangential-tracking tonearm. The red spot is the laser.
The Reed 5T laser-controlled tangential-tracking tonearm. The red spot is the laser.

From its website: “Reed 5T is our first appearance in the tangential tonearm domain.… Read the full article

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Thales TTT Compact II Turntable & Simplicity II Tonearm 

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Thales TTT Compact II Turntable

From time to time, an item is plucked from the mildewed bins of analog history by one of the reissue houses. Occasionally the dredging action strikes gold; most of the time it would have been best to leave the slumber undisturbed.

A recently unearthed item is Once In Every Life featuring Johnny Hartman accompanied by an old-school rhythm section (Beehive LP, BH 7012). I have an original pressing; the reissue by Acoustic Sounds is garnering tons of buzz. Recorded in 1980, Johnny is well past his prime, still there’s no denying his deep baritone has some of the old magic.… Read the full article

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Thales with Wilson Benesch – AXPONA 2017

By | April 25th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

by Rafe Arnott

I like vinyl. I just want to be up front about that. I like it an awful lot. I also like digital, and even CDs. I’m source agnostic, I only really care whether it sounds great or not. I could care less if it’s DSD256, 24/192 or an old mono LP… as long as I enjoy listening to it. I think a lot of people get really wound up about formats, and my only advice to them would be to try and relax – just immerse yourself in the experience of listening to great music.… Read the full article

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Montreal Audio Fest Video: Tidal loudspeakers with Karan Acoustics, Goldmund and Thales from Wynn Audio

By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wynn Wong is a very unassuming guy, who has a big smile, quiet charm, and an infectious smile that instantly puts people at ease. Every time I checked out his room at the Salon Audio Montreal he was in animated conversation with a showgoer about some aspect of the system he’d put together to showcase the wares he represents out of his showroom near Toronto – Wynn Audio.

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Tidal Sunray loudspeakers.

I’ve had the privilege of hearing Wong demo systems before, and this time it was just as compelling, musical, and engaging as the last.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2016: Wilson Benesch Back on Track

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Wilson Benesch, a British manufacturer known for its elegant line of loudspeakers, has had an on-and-off presence in the U.S. market. During the times when its products were available here, the company’s “house sound” of detail, ease and pinpoint imaging attracted a cult following.

After another absence, the brand marked its return to U.S. shores with a splash at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. New domestic partner Aaudio Imports, was  showing the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 ($40,300), an update of Wilson Benesch’s most famous design.… Read the full article

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$500,000 Tidal Audio system thunders to life courtesy of Element Acoustics, Wynn Audio

By | August 7th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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Edward Ku shows us what’s behind Door Number Three…

The small roast-beef sandwich and ice coffee were delicious. I mean really, really good. It was a beautiful afternoon with the sun shining, but it wasn’t hot, and there was a light breeze. I smiled and thought, this was a good moment; I looked out at the magnificent view of trees, and Washington State mountains in the distance.

I’m a journalist, and under normal circumstances anytime I’m anywhere on assignment, and there is free food and coffee, I’m a happy camper.… Read the full article

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