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RMAF 2018: A Critical Eye

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

I have completely bought into the music reproduction industry ever since I heard the difference between lamp cord as speaker wire and Monster brand wire oh so many years ago. Yes, I built Heathkit and Eico kits when I was a teenager in the middle 60’s, but really had no idea what was really going on.

During this time I was developing my ear for music. Big band and classical when I was alone, and rock when friends came over, as well as getting an inkling of how the music sounded different through different types of components and wire.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018: Wynn Audio; feat. Thales, Karan, ZenSati, Kalista, Penaudio, Entreq, Kiso Acoustics

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Wynn Audio is one of North America’s premier high-end audio dealers, and thus has quickly become a mainstay among the audio show circuit for producing ultra-high-end exhibit rooms that truly stimulate the senses. It was no surprise to see them at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest with a multi-room exhibit, featuring two systems of expertly curated audio components, along with the Wynn team achieving a stand-out level of sound quality.

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Often at audio shows, many of the elite manufacturers and dealers, battle with room size and acoustics.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: The Expo Hall (Part One)

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Bigger and better
than ever, this years Expo Hall at AXPONA was alone worth the cost of admission. Vendors were pulling all the stops with their displays and demo exhibits. Traffic was consistent throughout the weekend, and I imagine the Expo Hall will be a popular destination for both attendee and exhibitor next year.
On with the show!

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AXPONA 2018 Coverage brought to you by Zesto Audio

Wynn Audio had six displays featuring ThalesTurntable, KalistaDigital Playback System, Karan AcousticsAmplifier, EntreqGroundbox (recently reviewed by Rafe), PenaudioSpeakers, and ZenSatiCables.Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Wynn Audio – and interviews with Metronome, Kiso, Zensati, Thales

By | May 5th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio out of Toronto, Ontario is always pushing the boundaries of high-fidelity preconceptions in some way or another. He likes to mix things up at audio trade shows with his presentations. His care, and attention to curating large, over-the-top systems has won him a number of awards over the years for “Best in Show” at venues such as TAVES, the Montreal Audio Show, and AXPONA to name a few.

I got to spend some time with Wong, and a few very special guests during my weekend in Chicago for AXPONA, so please enjoy these short video interviews with not only Wong, but Micha Huber of Thales Tonarm, Mark Johansen of Zensati Cables, Stig Bjorge of Kiso Acoustics, and Jean-Marie Clauzel of Metronome.… Read the full article

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Wynn Audio offers proof of concept “Golden Record” booth at the Interior Design Show in Toronto

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

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Now hear this.

It went out into space on September 5, 1977 and is now the farthest man-made object from our planet. I’m talking about the Voyager spacecraft, which is now in interstellar space, and contains something extremely unique not only in the annals of audiophile history, but in human history too. Affixed to the Voyager spacecraft, in an attempt to communicate with intelligent, extraterrestrial beings is the so-called Golden Record. Contained on this metal LP was as then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter said “… a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings.Read the full article

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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: , , , , , , , , |

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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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