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Warsaw 2017: Closer Audio: field coils, tapes and records

By | November 26th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

I was complaining about several “me too” rooms and products on the Polish show, Closer Audio is definitely not a knock off. The room had single driver field coil speakers playing music through a 12″ EMS LB12 MK II (by Electro Magnet Speaker France) woofer! Colored me impressed, it takes cojones to show up with a 12″ acting the part of a mid and a tweeter.

The room had two of the best pieces of analog source ever to be produced, the Thorens 124mkII turntable with Schick tonearm and Denon 103 MC cartridge playing next to a stunning AEG Magnetophon 15A reel to reel tape recorder, a legend.

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CES 2017 highlights and wrap: Sun setting on Vegas for high fidelity?

By | February 6th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The new Technics 1200GR at a suggested MSRP of $2,000 USD  is a more affordable version of the 1200G announced last year.

This CES was my first.

Thing is, it just might be my last.

Consensus among fellow journalists, hi-fi manufacturers, distributors, and bricks & mortar owners is that it’s no longer a good fit for home audio, and attendance by companies who pursue higher fidelity had dropped significantly from previous years according to long-time attendees.

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Virtual audiophiles experience music in the future.

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HiFi Collector 2016-10-23 00:41:00

By | October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Hifi-Collector|Tags: , , |

My Thorens TD-160 got a brand new, reproduction dust cover today. There’s a nice gentleman in Torrance, CA who makes these and sells on CraigsList for $100, which I think is a fair price for a clear acrylic, well-fitting dust cover. The cartridge is a Shure V15 Type II and the stylus is a Shure VN-7, both have only a few hours of use – were bought as NOS off eBay by the previous owner this past summer. 
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