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CAF 2018: Must See Rooms, Friday

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at Capital Audiofest … okay, okay, — I don’t know how many brands exactly, but it does seem like a lot this year. Which makes 2018’s event feel every bit like the “premier show of North America’s eastern coast”, that we often claim it to be. Fear not, as the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are here to be your surrogate audio show guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started off on the right foot.Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Vimberg, Tidal, Transfiguration

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

As I’ve mentioned, it’s been a while since I’ve been to a high-end audio show—almost two years, to be exact. I exhibited for the last time at AXPONA back in 2017, which means I was stuck in my room for most of the show, but I made time one special visit due to the incredible buzz I was hearing. That room, of course, belonged to Doug White, proprietor of the Philadelphia-area dealership The Voice That Is. I wanted to hear Tidal Audio speakers and electronics from Germany in all their splendor, and I also wanted to visit my good friend and fellow importer Bob Clarke who brought a new Transfiguration Orpheus phono cartridge along for the ride.… Read the full article

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The Voice That Is!, VIMBERG, TIDAL Audio and Antipodes – RMAF 2018

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Eric Shook

First-things-first at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018, find Doug White of The Voice That Is! This is one of my personal rituals of the audio show circus, and it always pays off. Doug consistently sets the bar for best-in-show sound, so visiting his rooms first leaves me with an audible experience I can call upon when touring and summing other rooms. During my visit with Mr. White, I had the pleasure of taking the first ever press photos of the new VIMBERG speaker line, from VIMBERG founder and designer Jörn Janczak.Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Must See Rooms of Saturday

By | October 7th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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There are over 400 brands exhibiting here at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Making this event one of largest audio shows in North America. For some this can seem overwhelming. and cause a bit of anxiety. Alas, have no fear, the rag-tag band of misfits from Part-Time Audiophile are ready to be your audio show guide.

Here are some surefire rooms to get you started and off on the right foot.

Okay, for some time now I’ve been drooling over TIDAL loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Best of The Show, Wrap-Up, and Why I am an Audiophile

By | June 12th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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(From most high to least high) David Solomon, Steve Guttenberg, Eric Franklin Shook

Audio shows are more than new gear releases and demonstrations to me. They are a chance to connect with the strange personalities that embody what it means to be an eccentric. Sometimes our interests can be socially unfortunate, but it’s during these few moments of the year at audio shows where we audiophiles can feel normal in our priorities, lusts, and musical tastes.

AXPONA 2018 proved to be our largest display of geekdom yet.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: The MUST SEE Rooms of Day Three

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

There are over 160 rooms and exhibits here at Axpona. Making this event the largest audio show in North America. For some this can be overwhelming and cause a bit of anxiety. But have no fear, the Part-Time Audiophile Dream Team of journalists, personalities, and humorists are ready to be your guide.

Just one part of the Paragon duo of rooms at the show, Doshi Audio had us befuddled at how well his new seventy-five watt per channel amplifier was handling the load presented by the Wilson speakers.Read the full article

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Capital Audiofest 2017: The Voice That Is! makes new waves

By | December 14th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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I’d like to emphasize that the TIDAL Camira DMC, the TIDAL Ferios amplifiers, and the TIDAL Cables, were all introduced earlier in May of this year. Many times these new products are overlooked by showgoers because we naturally tend to focus our attention on the beautiful TIDAL speakers. As it is in this case the Agoria speakers are nothing new. Doing my best not overlook these TIDAL electronics as they are so essential to the speakers performance, as without them could the speakers do more than stand up front and look pretty?Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: The Voice That Is delivers rolling thunder in black and chrome

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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All Tidal, all the time.

I foolishly keep thinking that maybe this time Doug White of The Voice That Is will put a foot wrong somewhere, try something out of context for shits, and giggles, but no he never does. As a result his room – which almost exclusively features ever more Tidal Audio equipment – just keeps putting everybody’s hair straight back like they’re in the chopper wash of an AH-64 Apache landing 15 feet in front of them, except it’s not a helo laying down the sonic smacks, it’s what I call White’s Rolling Thunder show kit: Tidal Akira loudspeakers ($215,000 USD) being juiced by a Tidal Prescencio three-chassis preamplifier, and a pair of Ferios 300-watt  (into eight Ohms) Monoblocs.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Mile-high in Denver with PS Audio, Fern & Roby, Nagra, Tidal, Zu, DeVore Fidelity, and Tone Imports

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

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PS Audio P20

Paul McGowan of PS Audio was grinning ear-to-ear as he started telling me about the company’s brand new P20 PureStream Power Plant Friday morning at RMAF inside the Denver Marriott Tech Centre.

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Paul McGowan of PS Audio, (centre).

We first reported on the new Power Plant in September when PS made their initial announcement, but this was the first chance to see the P20 up close, and personal. First off, it’s massive, dwarfing the previous flagship P10 Power Plant by a significant margin, and outpacing the P10 in every department.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Must See Rooms

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

by Eric Franklin Shook  

Considering my late head start, I want to point out a few brands, dealers, and vendors you might want to put on your short list of MUST SEE ROOMS. This should have been done last night, but I’ll catch up.

Often I hear after the typical show coverage comes out, things like “I didn’t know they were at the show, I missed them.” Which is a shame, but what can you do?

Here’s what? Go in prepared, and let me be your sherpa.… Read the full article

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