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Raven Audio | AXPONA 2019

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

by Paul Elliott

I have known about Raven Audio and their tube amps for a number of years when I met Dave Thompson and friends at an earlier Capital Audiofest.  I was really impressed with the sound and look of his amps finding it hard to believe they were made in America and at the price point that was quite affordable.

I have watched the product line grow each year and surprised each year with all the new models.

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Rogers High Fidelity KWM-88 “CORONA” | AXPONA 2019

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Something new from Rogers High Fidelity — a bit of old-world/new world. On the one hand, you have a completely hand-wired amp with a massive toroidal power supply — the PSU on this guy is 30lbs, all by itself. And on the other hand, there’s an app. And yes, you can change the volume, change the “mode” (ultralinear vs. triode), or monitor the completely automatic tube biasing, all courtesy of that app.

Cool.

We’ll be looking for this at AXPONA next month.… Read the full article

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Florida 2019: A Critical Eye II

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Paul Elliott

I thought the show really very good.  Run very professionally, far better than a “first effort”.  I can only hope they can muster the energy to do it again next year. All the exhibitors I talked to had only good things to say about how well this show was run.  The show had the same good vibe that is often attributed to Gary Gill and Capital Audiofest. There was really a great cross-section of large and small audio companies, even a couple of guys just showing off what they built to get a public reading for possible production. 

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The Sarasota Sound: A Visit to VAC and Suncoast Audio

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ahead of the Florida Audio Expo, I was wondering if readers realized just how much life there is in Tampa Bay audio.  I grew up in Longboat Key, which sits just a bit below Tampa Bay and right off the east side of Bradenton and Sarasota.  For many years, I have kept in touch with friends and family on the island by staying on Anna Maria Island.  Usually, I only take breaks from beach reading to grab a new LP or two from Daddy O’s Record Rack in Sarasota.  … Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Purist Audio, Classic Audio Loudspeakers, and Atma-Sphere

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

I caught up to Purist Audio Design‘s Jim Aud at RMAF, where the music flowed like water and the dynamics made the angels weep. This was a great room. Of course, this was also a Classic Audio Loudspeaker room, so this was a gloriously familiar sound. And yes, those were Novacron amps — new ones, this time — from Atma-Sphere driving them, and a Kuzma turntable spinning vinyl.

Mr. Aud was showing off a brand new cable — the Diamond Revision 30th Anniversary USB.… Read the full article

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Auris Audio Fortissimo Integrated Amplifier Review

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

Auris Audio (website) is a somewhat new addition to the rich high-end audio tradition of the central European country of Serbia.

If that strikes you as odd, let me assure you that yes, they’ve got a robust market for high-end audio manufacturing there! There are some wonderful and well-established companies from that part of the world doing some truly amazing things in the High-End corner of our hobby. A couple of the of better-known ones immediately come to mind.… Read the full article

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McGary Audio SA-1 Stereo Amplifier Review

By | September 1st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

McGary Audio SA-1

One of the fun aspects of reviewing gear from small start-up companies is getting to know the owner/proprietor, who is also usually the designer and builder of the piece of gear I’m reviewing. Such is the case with Mike McGary, something of a new kid on the block in the world of vacuum tube amplifier design. Mike is the owner, designer, builder, and chief bottle washer at upstart McGary Audio, which is based in Gainesville, Virginia, not quite a two-hour drive from my home in south-central Pennsylvania. … Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Nick Doshi Builds a Time Machine

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

A few months before AXPONA, Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio showed up at The Audio Company, a superb local hi-fi store in Marietta, Georgia.  The program was to show local audiophiles what tape machines could do with an excellent playback system featuring Nick’s well-regarded tape pre and a J-Corder modified tape deck. Using upper-end Focal speakers and Constellation gear, the sound quality was superb and I believe it really opened some minds on what good tape playback can offer. In short, a good tape rig easily remains the best analog playback we have today.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: VPI Fatboy dances with Gershman and VAC

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

A very Fatboy.

Originally spotted in Munich at the High End Show, we’ve been anxiously waiting to hear the VPI Fatboy tonearm. VPI dropped the Fatboy details before AXPONA in a press release, so I was jazzed to find Mat Weisfeld outside the Gershman Acoustics Room.

I asked Mat which VPI room I should listen to, and the he declared “This one of course!” He wasn’t kidding. As I walked inside room 710, I was greeted by a VPI Titan turntable loaded with the production 12-inch VPI Fatboy gimbal tonearm.… Read the full article

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Far Corners finds Hot Treasures: Svecheniye 12AX7 Vacuum Tubes

By | August 21st, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

By Modest I. Predlozheniye

It is easy to get caught up in the latest trends in audio, especially when you travel the world as I do. I see a lot of new technology applied to the art of enjoying music. Some of it is misguided but some shows just a trace of genius, enough to warrant a closer look. I am constantly attracted to these types of ideas and to see if they can lead to something revolutionary, for lack of a better word.… Read the full article

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