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Marc’s Wrap Up | High End 2019

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

So what did I learn during my first trip to High End 2019 in Munich, which also happened to be the first time I set foot in Europe? Let’s go through the list:

  1. Go to Germany for the wurst, not the burgers. I found a food truck outside the MOC at High End 2019 touting burgers made from 100% Angus beef, and I was hungry and it sounded like a pretty good idea.
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The Home Entertainment Show Preview | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 2nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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LOS ANGELES (PTA) — While the rest of the Part-Time Audiophile team are packing their bags for summer vacations, it will be our own Brian Hunter (of AudioHead), Marc Philips and Eric Franklin Shook™ attending the The Home Entertainment Show 2019 located specifically in sunny Long Beach, California. This will be the first year for T.H.E. SHOW in it’s new and larger Hilton Long Beach location. The show for 2019 is bigger and better this year with 200+ brands spread across 60+ exhibits rooms.

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dCS Bartok, HIFIMAN, WyWires | High End 2019

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

When I signed up to cover dCS at High End 2019, I was thinking BIG DIGITAL. You know, a very expensive system in a big room with one, or several, six-figure dCS stacks. That room existed, with Wilson Audio Sasha DAW loudspeakers and Dan D’Agostino amps, featuring a notably pure and clean sound that you would probably expect from such esteemed companies. I sat in that room, took notes, and I was duly impressed.… Read the full article

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Lone Star Audio Fest Preview | LSAF 2019

By | April 28th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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DALLAS (PTA) — The rest of the Part-Time Audiophile team are packing their bags for the upcoming High End Munich audio show coming in a few weeks. It’s gonna be epic. According to various news sources, High End Munich 2019 will have over 1 million exhibition rooms, an indoor water-park, a schnitzel-eatin’ contest, and Formula 1-style go-kart racing. As for myself, I’ll be staying in America, but not staying put — I’m headed to an audio show in The Lone Star State.

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Luxman and Triangle | AXPONA 2019

By | April 27th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

I’ve had Luxman on my mind lately. Not just because I’ve been using the Luxman LX-380 integrated amplifier in my main system for the last couple of months and I’m quite smitten–that review should appear in the Summer issue of The Occasional. Not because I’m really lusting after those newer turntables from Luxman such as the PD-171A ($6995) and the PD-151 ($3895), which were featured in the Luxman and Triangle room at AXPONA 2019.… Read the full article

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Spring 2019 Issue Available Now | The Occasional Magazine

By | April 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Our Latest Issue

Our Spring 2019 issue of The Occasional Magazine is now available for download! This time out, the team brings us a suite of new reviews.

In this issue, we have brand new gear reviews: Trenner & Friedl ARt monitors, Sonus Faber Serafino Tradition, Parasound Halo Hint 6, Simaudio 390, and the Dragon Inspire IHA-1 + Focal Clear Headphones + Moon Audio Silver Dragon cable.

Also in this issue, the glories of Rioja, selvage denim, Eric Dolphy, the first Automatic-Winding Chronograph, a poetic turn through New York City, and a visit to Furnace Records!

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Gregor Huebner, Los Sonadores | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

My first listen of violinist Gregor Huebner Los Sonadores was a special sonic treat, if only for the reason that I had just set up the EgglestonWorks Emma EVO loudspeakers and the Luxman LX-380 integrated amplifier and this was one of the first CDs I played. The Emma EVOs and the LX-380, which will both be featured in an upcoming issue of The Occasional, are a particularly gorgeous combo and I wound up falling in love with the sound–something I consider remarkable because both products are relatively affordable.… Read the full article

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The Occasional 2018 Buyer’s Guide

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

The Editors have voted, weighed in, argued, smashed cups to the ground and called for more; they have bitten thumbs, quarreled, sallied forth; they have met the enemy and they were not themselves; they have broken through enemy lines and routed the enemies; they have since returned to their castles, and are now enjoying hot toddies and luxurious foot rubs while listening to “Christmas Crooners” on Qobuz. Good times.

In the peaceful aftermath of cheerful destruction, we have a thing: The Occasional 2018 Buyer’s Guide.… Read the full article

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Marc Phillips to Take Over as Managing Editor of The Occasional

By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

For immediate release

Marc Phillips, known in the high-end industry for both his writing and his role as an importer and distributor, has joined the editorial staff at Part-Time Audiophile.

Phillips will take over as Managing Editor of The Occasional, a magazine-style publication that focuses on the lives, hobbies, and diversions relevant to audiophiles. Readers can continue to expect to read about fine wine, Japenese whiskey, craft beer, hand-rolled cigars, automatic watches, vintage automobiles, men’s fashion, exotic locations, and more, all in full-page full-color glory—as well as all things high-end audio.… Read the full article

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A Podcast Recap – THE Show 2018

By | June 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

A full recap of The Show from Irvine is available for your listening pleasure in audio form, up now on iTunes and your favorite podcast platform. The Occasional Podcast covers off on all the show highlights, as well as in-person interviews with brands like YG Acoustics, Technics, Dan D’Agostino and more. All this and more available on our sister site Part-Time Audiophile.

Added bonus: Also don’t forget to check out The Occasional Magazine Spring edition that just released this week.… Read the full article

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