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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

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

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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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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