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RMAF 2018: Gershman Acoustics, VAC, VPI, Nordost, Audio-Technica and the Art of Being POSH

By | November 11th, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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Naming a speaker POSH? This would all seem silly if the system in the Gershman Acoustics room didn’t offer a luxurious and exceptional sound. Ofra and Eli Gershman were showing off their new POSH Statement loudspeakers ($129,000/pair), powered by a VAC Statement 405S amplifier ($46,000) and a VAC Master preamp with phono ($40,000), with a VPI turntable using the hottest new thing in phono cartridges, the Audio-Technica AT-ART1000 ($4995). All cabling was from Nordost. Two more modest Gershman speakers were being rotated in and out of the system, but I was treated to the POSH, and the sound was every bit as opulent as the name implies.… Read the full article

CAF 2018: The Audio Company, Von Schweikert, VAC, Esoteric and The Big Why

By | November 4th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Each time I’ve visited the Von Schweikert rooms at hi-fi shows over the last few years, Damon Von Schweikert and Leif Swanson have upped the ante in terms of presentation, sound and most importantly, the WOW Factor. First of all, I’m not damning them with faint praise, as if back in the day their exhibit rooms were only so-so and they’ve gotten much better. No, we’re talking about a duo who wins award after award, best-in-shows, all the marbles. The fact that they keep outdoing themselves is perhaps troublesome for their competitors, but outstanding for the industry.… Read the full article

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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The Audio Company: VAC, Von Schweikert & Esoteric – RMAF 2018

By | October 24th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Eric Shook

When The Audio Company of Marietta, Georgia decides to demonstrate what they do, they pull out all of the stops, and bring their A-game. Becoming darlings of the audio show circuit for consistently producings best-in-show sound, they also have a knack for creating systems that pluck the “audio eye-candy” strings that generates buzz from press, exhibitors, and show attendees.

The Audio Company was showing a slew of new products for 2018. Starting with the VAC Statement 450i iQ Integrated Amplifier ($150,000 USD); an ultimate performance, cost-no-object, tube integrated amplifier.Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: The Audio Company brings Stellar VAC, VSA

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Not too far from me on the town square in Marietta, Georgia is The Audio Company, a wonderful upscale store with several of the best high-end brands.  For the past few years, this team of audio professionals led by Keith Sequerra, Jim Kumpe, and Gordon Waters has been working with Leif Swanson and Damon Von Schweikert from Von Schweikert Audio and Kevin Hayes from VAC to bring a mega-system of VAC Reference gear and Von Schweikert flagship speakers.  Last we saw them, the team had the flagship Ultra 11 speakers at Axpona and the sound was simply magical when playing the famous Royal Ballet LPs.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Nola , VAC, Nordost; The Metro Grand Reference Gold 2, a live experience in-room

By | October 14th, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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It is almost impossible to visit every room at an audio show. To do so would require running shoes, twenty-something knees, and a stopwatch for limiting your listening window to only two minutes. Now with my excuses firmly in place, I want to take the opportunity to mention, that before this day at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in 2018, I had not reserved the requisite time to dedicate myself to in-action and listen to Nola speakers.

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Accent Speaker Technology is Nola, and I don’t know any other way to put it.… 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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RMAF 2018 Preview: Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks

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

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It’s that time of year again, RMAF 2018 is upon on us, and this year’s festival of sound proves to be just as exciting as any of the decade. Several of this year’s exhibits are North American debuts, along with a slew of new exhibitors bring their A-Game to Denver.

Here are just a few of the over 400 brands that will be showing this coming weekend. Be sure to make your way over to these rooms and booths for a listen.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Lee’s Best of Show

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was really burned out from a long work week at nearby Northwestern University.  I was so looking forward to AXPONA as the medicine to my working man blues.  The only thing stopping me was insane traffic between Evanston and Schaumburg where the new hotel venue was. This was post-apocalyptic Atlanta traffic.  But finally we arrived and it was worth the hassle. AXPONA was really superb this year.  The Renaissance Center staff was friendly and the venue was beautiful.  Very spacious, it took getting used to but the second floor had lots of conversation pits and the food was generally good. 

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AXPONA 2018: Fidelis Music Systems, New England’s everything audio store

By | June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Building and growing a system can be an arduous task to say the least. More than just the components, it takes experienced ears and patience in fine tuning the sound. Further more, engaging the interaction between speakers and room can be overwhelming without the right guide.

Walter Swanbon of Fidelis Music Systems (near Boston MA) brought the dealer showroom experience to Axpona this year. For showgoers this experience goes a long way. The expo can sometimes feel cold or disconnected as the majority of attendees and exhibitors seldom interact other than at shows.… Read the full article

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