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My AXPONA Adventures: Music (and Laughter) is the Best Medicine

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Dateline: April, 2019

Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. Schaumburg, Illinois  

Welcome back my Friends, to the show that (hopefully) never ends! (Apologies ELP.)

I arrived at the 10th annual AXPONA on Thursday afternoon. The Renaissance Convention Center was a buzzing audio-hive of controlled chaos. Crates and boxes were everywhere. Audio systems taking shape, tweaking started. It seemed a Herculean effort to me. In 2019, Audio Expo North America is a jewel-bedecked audio showcase; a behemoth show with almost 200 rooms, tons of sonic fun, countless booths, and displays.Read the full article

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Legacy Audio – Florida Audio Expo 2019

By | February 24th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Legacy Audio

My coverage of Legacy Audio’s exhibits in the audio show circuit over the last three years runs deep. For the most part all of the relevant hype has centered around their amazing Wavelet DSP, of which Legacy founder and head designer Bill Duddleston should be proud. Bill is no stranger to DSP technology as he (and Legacy) have been using DSP technology for over twenty years. Other brands in the hi-fi industry are just now adopting, and still many more have not.… Read the full article

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5 Options For Multi-Room Systems

By | January 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: |

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The following is a paid advertorial or what some sites call “Sponsored Content”.

Over the past decade, we’ve seen wireless networks become a requirement in every home while conventional audio equipment has been replaced by smartphones, tablets, and various smart home devices. One of the most popular features among consumers is the ability to stream music from the Internet, and this experience is further improved by the production of multi-room audio devices.

Multi-room audio systems have granted the wishes of music lovers and audiophiles by enabling them to enjoy surround sound not only in their living rooms but in every other room of the house.… Read the full article

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AVM Evolution A5.2 Integrated Amplifier

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

AVM Evolution A5.2 Integrated Amplifier

Introduction to the AVM

I love audio components that offer a lot for the money. The Evolution A5.2 Integrated Amplifier is just such piece of audio gear. Built by German audio manufacturer, AVM, the A5.2 is a part of AVM’s extensive Evolution line of high fidelity components. AVM has been building HiFi gear since 1986, and according to their website they follow an engineering philosophy adherent to the K.I.S.S. principle—keeping the audio signal as unaltered as possible for the best sound.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018 Photo Essay Part 3

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.


Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 


PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.


Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn, Mytek Manhattan II, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

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New Products From Tangent

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , |

Tangent Audio has announced the launch of two new wireless audio products, the Spectrum DAB/FM radio and W1 wireless multi-room speaker with built-in Chromecast audio.

Spectrum DAB: Tangent’s new Spectrum DAB (pictured) offers Digital DAB radio functionality, all housed within one compact sized speaker system. The Tangent Spectrum DAB allows fast access to hundreds of stations whilst listening via FM, DAB and the new DAB+. If you want to listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks or other audio sources from your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can easily connect the Tangent Spectrum DAB to your device wirelessly via Bluetooth, or the AUX (mini-jack) jack on the rear panel using the cable supplied.… Read the full article

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A KLIAV2018 Pictorial

By | August 5th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , |

By Tan TE


Sharing photos I took of hifi systems in the recently concluded KLIAV 2018.


Absolute Sound’s FM Acoustics system with Vertere turntable:




Also from Absolute Sound, an Esoteric + Focal system:

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with the Audioquest Niagara power conditioner that has a mirror-like chrome faceplate:


Perfect Hi-Fi’s funky looking KEF LS50 loudspeaker, and also a Cambridge Audio flagship electronics plus KEF loudspeakers system:



Another Perfect Hi-Fi system with Audio Research, Nagra and Sonus Faber:



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CMY, as usual, pulled out all the stops and had the most extensive exhibits in the entire Show:




Dali launched its new Opticon range in the Show:


Asia Sound with its Rega, AudioVector and Rogue Audio range:


WKH Distribution Sdn Bhd’s Klipsch loudspeakers:


YL Audio made its KLIAV debut with Kronos, Absolare and Sonus Faber:





AV Designs’ Bryston and PMC system:



AV Designs has recently added Linn into its product range, seen on the right is the LP12:


Swedish Statement’s Vitus and Marten combination:



Hiway Laser’s ATC range:


This was a ‘Oh my goodness!” moment for me, the ATC SCM50 Classic active loudspeakers were belting out rock sourced from a Denon turntable, the bass line was tight and fast and the treble had bite and attack without going overboard.… Read the full article

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Review: Beteran KZ ATE Dynamic Balanced Armature IEM’s – Great Sound for $23 Cdn?

By | July 25th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , |

Ultra-Affordable Equipment Review: Beteran KZ ATE Dynamic Balanced Armature IEM’s ($23 Cdn on Amazon)

In Ear Monitors that are a bargain for audiophiles and non-audiophiles alike

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As I write this, the temperature outside is over 30ºC – but the humidity makes it feel like 40.  The electrical grid in my neighbourhood is so loaded down that the normal line voltage of 118 to 123 is running around 107 to 109.  My PS Audio AC Regenerator will hold the output at a steady 120 regardless of the input voltage. … Read the full article

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AudioQuest Headphone Giveaway – The Occasional Podcast

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

The Occasional Podcast and AudioQuest are running a contest to give away a pair of headphones valued at $699. The closed-back NightOwl Carbon headphone is the big prize giveaway, check out all the details on how to enter the sweepstakes on PartTimeAudiophile.

[The Occasional Podcast Giveaway On PTA]

[The Occasional Podcast Episode One]

You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or Google. The interview-style show celebrates all things audio with in-depth conversations from top influencers and producers within the field…plus, you know…free headphones.… Read the full article

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12 Brilliant Audio Products on B&H

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Anyone who has spent any time in the production space will tell you that B&H Photo is the place to go for all the latest gear at stellar prices. They have been around for years and years. What some people don’t know is that they also offer a boatload of audiophile grade products as well as pro side recording that span the gamut from SD cards to high end headphones. Here is a list of top 12 favs from this year’s catalog, just in time for the holidays.… Read the full article

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