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A Qobuz-Worthy Interview with David Solomon | AXPONA 2019

By | April 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

Not too many miles down the street from me in the Atlanta burbs lives David Solomon, one of the nicest guys in audio. Lately, however, I am starting to see how he may be one of the most effective guys in audio.  Fresh off some success at Tidal, David has been working round the clock the past year or so at Qobuz, the French high-resolution music streaming service.  … Read the full article

Setup Day with Paul | AXPONA 2019

By | April 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

by Paul Elliott

After months of planning, weeks of preparation, days of packing, the exhibitors unload their vans and trailers or the transport companies deliver what looks like an overwhelming amount of crates and boxes. The stuff that dreams are made of…. Or at least for the many of audiophiles and visitors that will come through the doors of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, for the next three days of AXPONA 2019, will have on their wish lists. 

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Florida 2019: Lee’s Best of Show

By | April 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wow.  What a great beginning for a much-needed, in my opinion, regional Florida-based show.  The weather was great, the sound was great, the people were great, the food and drinks were great.  Tampa in February?  Yes please.

But what were the standouts?  Let’s get going.

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What can I say?  Damon, Leif, Kevin and the Gents from Marietta’s The Audio Company again impressed with a huge and rich sounding reference system in the biggest ballroom at the show at the end of the second-floor hall.  … Read the full article

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À La Carte Productions, Luminous Audio, Ortofon, Spendor, Tweek Geek, Vienna Acoustics, VPI – Florida 2019

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The story of this room was great sound. Despite the stated “Value Room” moniker dubbed by À La Carte Productions, and their exhibit room comprising of a system only totally $9,781 USD, I never felt like anything I was hearing was compromised at any point.

Most interesting was hearing the VPI Industries Player ($1,500 USD w/ Ortofon 2M Red) with both the 2M Blue ($236) and 2M Mono ($356) cartridges. I reviewed the Player in 2018, and had it in house for almost six months.… Read the full article

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Florida 2019: Wilson Audio, Audio Research, VPI and Transparent

By | February 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

The Wilson Audio room was a bit of a reunion of sorts for me.  This room seemed to be the room that many visited first.  Bart suggested to many to start at the 8th floor and “work your way down”.  And no wonder as it offered, in my humble opinion, the best sound at the show.  But it was a journey to get this sound as I will soon explain.

The first familiar person I saw Peter McGrath who had not long ago set up my own Wilsons which was a tremendous success.  … Read the full article

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Florida 2019: House of Stereo, Wolf Audio Systems, TAD, Wireworld

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

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House of Stereo brings retail sensibility to a small room, Wolf Audio Systems takes us back to the future, TAD (Technical Audio Devices) puts a fine point on detail, Ayre Acoustics continues to build a legacy, and Wireworld straps us in for a wild ride.

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TAD (Technical Audio Devices) speakers almost seem to be a draw unto themselves. Several show goers I spoke to in the hallways remarked about listening to the TAD Micro Evolution 1’s in the House of Stereo room.… Read the full article

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Florida 2019: Saturday with Paul

By | February 10th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Paul Elliott

Mat and Harry Weisfeld did not escape NJ to the sunny south, Mark Boyle was down repping VPI in a couple of rooms, so I asked Mark about the design philosophy. VPI is a family based business, producing performance level products at affordable pricing. Most of the turntables also have an upgrade path. They service all their ‘tables, even the first ones built.

The goal is to provide an accurate representative of the source. Building turntables isn’t just a science; one must listen to see if it is producing something that is natural and real.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: BACCH-SP, Genesis Advanced Technologies, VPI and a Mind-Bending Demo

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

On the last morning of the Capital Audiofest, Gary Koh of Genesis Advanced Technologies sat next to me at breakfast in the hotel lobby. I’ve known Gary for a few years and I’m impressed with his technical prowess, especially when it comes to his fabulous speaker designs. “Stop by my room today,” he said to me. “There’s an amazing new technology I want you to hear.”

Okay, I’ve heard many exhibitors say similar things, but Gary quickly added that this was not his technology, but one of the other manufacturers in his room.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Bob’s Devices and a Long-Delayed Introduction

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Bob Sattin is one of those guys I always see at the shows, but I’ve never really introduced myself to him. That’s a bit ridiculous, considering that I’ve been calling myself the Vinyl Anachronist for 21 years and here’s someone who is totally dedicated to vinyl playback and has created some truly outstanding products…especially in the field of step-up transformers. So at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, I made a commitment to march up to him and his Bob’s Devices booth at the marketplace and say, “Hi Bob, I’m Marc.”

Bob always brings a variety of products to hi-fi shows—LPs, headphone systems, turntables, phono preamplifiers and accessories.… Read the full article

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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

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