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Thales Simplicity II Tonearm Review

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

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On March 27th, 1983, the New York Times published an article titled “Sound; Tonearms: Is Linear Better?”. The article read like a technical paper, more sophisticated than some of today’s articles found in Audiophile magazines. Without too much introduction, the article jumped right into contrasting the pros and cons between tangential versus pivoted tonearms as if it was normal kitchen table talk. But when Sony released the first commercial CD player in 1982, the sale of turntable equipment dwindled in popularity together with vinyl, and the article was the last time mainstream media provided technical coverage on turntable technology.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Göbel Audio and CH Precision

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

What a system this was!  Clarity, huge dynamics, genuinely involving sound.  I hit this room three times.  It was that good.  Elliot Goldman had brought all his top gear.  Okay, honestly he stacked the deck…or should I say they stacked the CH Precision boxes?   There were literally dozens of them.  I’ll explain this is a minute.

We were listening to Göbel‘s Epoque Aeon Reference speakers at $220,000.  The electronic stack was an impressive set of CH Precision gear including:

  • M1.1 power amplifiers at $54,000 each
  • L1 mono preamplifier at $58,000
  • X1 power supplies at $17,000
  • D1 SACD/CD transport at $38,000
  • T1 10mhz Time Reference with GPS at $28,600
  • C1 Dual Mono DAC with streaming at $73,000
  • P1 Dual Monaural Phono stage at $31,000

Supporting gear was also terrific:

  • TW Acustic Raven AC turntable with Anniversary board and three motor drive system at $24,000
  • TW Acustic 10.5 inch tonearm at $5,500
  • Ortofon A95 cartridge at $6,500
  • Miyajima Madake cartridge at $6,000
  • Sonore Signature Rendu at $3,445
  • Sonic Orbitor 10TB at $2,000

Cable was Göbel’s Lacorde Statement series:

  • Balanced Cables 1.2 meters at $7,000
  • Speaker Cables 3 meter pair at $23.000
  • Ethernet Cable 1.2 meter at $5,100
  • USB Cable 1.2 meter at $5,100
  • Digital Cable 1.2 meter at $3,500
  • Power Cable 2.0 meter ay $8.500

System was sitting on Core Audio equipment racks and stands.  … Read the full article

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CAF 2018: VIMBERG, TIDAL Audio, TW-Acustic, Transfiguration, Antipodes, and Skogrand

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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I may have misspoke, or left a few of my earlier proclamations about the newest VIMBERG speakers less than acutely defined. If you are a listener of our Occasional Podcast, or reader of our little sister publication Audio-Head.com, then you may have heard me refer to the VIMBERG Mino loudspeakers as possibly the greatest bargain in hi-fi. To eat my own words for being less than accurate, the VIMBERG Mino loudspeakers are indeed not the greatest bargain in hi-fi.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Verity Audio Montsalvat System

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been a fan of the Parsifal loudspeakers from Verity Audio for a while now, having heard several nice systems with them.  But I was unprepared for what High Fidelity Services showed in the huge Primrose room near CanJam.  They brought out a $1.1 million (!) flagship system called the Montsalvat with huge towers and a fully dedicated electronics line under the same brand.  Yet again, Andre Jennings was in attendance and offered up a wonderful jazz LP which we spun on the TW Acustic Raven Black Knight with Raven Phono stage.  … 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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RMAF 2018: The Allure of the Rockies

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

Around 20 years ago, I met my friend Howard at the local Atlanta audio club.  Over time Howard and I became pals in part because we both loved Magnepan speakers.  But we also loved exploring various audio tweaks and had a lot of lively discussions around how to get the best sound for our, at the time, limited audio dollars.  Sometime around six years ago, Howard and I started to attend the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.  We both loved the show and the hospitality of the great Colorado Audio Society.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: The Voice That is! + TIDAL, the ultimate in synergy under one roof

By | May 25th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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I’m getting tired of talking about how perfect TIDAL speakers are, and how great of a dealer and exhibitor Doug White of The Voice That Is! … is. So I won’t.  Instead I’m going to wax poetic about TIDAL’s electronics, and the emerging popularity of the obvious genius in buying into a one-branded-ecosystem.

For quite some time now TIDAL has been using the slogan, “We Build Emotions” and like many of the skeptics out there I just took it as more marketing jargon that is often worthy of being ignored.Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: High Fidelity Services, Verity Audio, and Trilogy Audio Systems prove that size doesn’t matter (again)

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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An emotional journey into political contemplation and social suffering wasn’t what I expected to leave the Verity Audio room with. The delivery medium however; compelling, infectious, and memorable. Stand out moments in my listening experiences are rare, but when they do happen, I commit fully.

Verity Audio’s Otello debuted in Munich last year, and sadly I wasn’t able to be there for it’s premier performance. Finally having the chance to audition them here at Axpona made up for my absence in spades.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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