The last couple of months have been a blur. Just days after I joined the team at Part-Time Audiophile and The Occasional, I was off to Denver to cover the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Then, just a few weeks later, I was driving down to Rockville, Maryland to cover the 2018 Capital Audiofest. Then I’d been home about a week before I headed out to San Diego to cover the debut of the Dan D’Agostino Relentless monoblock amplifiers and YG Acoustics Sonja XV speakers at Alma Audio.… Read the full article
Do I really need an excuse to ditch Rochester just before the first major snowstorm of the season just to head down to San Diego? As excuses go, I can think on none more sublime than visiting a high-end audio dealer to evaluate a couple of state-of-the-art designs that have just been introduced.
Alma Audio is nestled in the Kearney Mesa area of the city, not far from the airport. It’s a fairly new enterprise, opened in 2015 by partners Alexandre Siufy and Fabio Storelli.… Read the full article
It is just a quick day trip down to San Diego via the Pacific Surfliner Rail Car from Los Angeles. The good news is that the seats on the train fair much better than any general airline could muster and the weather was still massively pleasant despite the recent fire devastation in northern LA that had been reeking havoc on the air quality for over a week… which wasn’t very “quality” to begin with in the first place.
Today’s premeditated destination was Alma Music and Audio, just north of the downtown area of SD.… Read the full article
When I first walked into the Auralic + YG Acoustics room at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, admittedly a little anxiety washed over me. However, I’ll go into why later. For now, let’s talk about Auralic, a brand I (and we at Part Time Audiophile) have descent experience with. Auralic has been impressing the members of our team for a years now, and more recently of note, a lot of press writers around the industry with the debut of their G Series DACs and streamers.… Read the full article
There is always something interesting brewing with Auralic at audio shows, this year at RMAF was no different. The digital component and amplifier company partnered with YG Acoustics which is fast becoming something to look forward to as we make our way across the show circuit.
We really got a sense of the big show ponies from YG at T.H.E. Show on the west coast this year in the form of the Sonja XV Jr. but the Hailey 1.2 loudspeakers ($42,800/pair) on display in the Auralic room also fit the bill nicely.… Read the full article
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.
Firmly grounded with a history in studio and pro sound, Amphion returns to home audio with a stable of speaker designs that to my ear offer comforting treble and mid-range that compliment the Amphion idea of how bass should sound.… Read the full article
While I would be lying if I were to say that I wasn’t a little disappointed that D’Agostino didn’t bring the new Relentless Monos to THE Show in Irvine, it was still very refreshing to hear two pairs of their M400 Momentum series all firing in harmony. Surprisingly enough, it was also the first time I’ve ever seen the gorgeous aluminum and copper chassis in black as well.
Providing the front end to the YG Acoustics-backed rig was the popular Japan-based Technics brand, specifically the new reference SL-1000R turntable (~$20k).… Read the full article
Walking into this room at the Vancouver Audio Festival was a bit like turning the fairy tale Beauty & The Beast into a visual audiophile metaphor. Scoping out the massive McIntosh Labs MC 1.25KW mono blocks quietly hulking between a pair of sleek, black, polished YG Acoustics Sonja 2.2 loudspeakers one felt that here was a reserve of untapped sonic power. Being fed a mix of computer audio, and CDs via a McIntosh D1100 Digital Preamplifier, and MCD550 CD/SACD Transport, and sewn-up with several metres of Transparent Audio Opus cabling, this room felt like it deserved your respect.… Read the full article
Introducing a new two-box solution to something that wasn’t a problem seems kind of silly at first. The single box reference version of Innuos’ digital-everything box named ZENith Special Edition, now gets the Statement label, a second chassis, and inside all of the refinement you would expect from a no-holds-barred design. This however, is a prototype, which may be close to what the final production model is to look and sound like, with possibly a few minor tweaks still ahead.
What is new in the ZENith Statement is an entirely new double-enclosure linear power supply, along with a new power-supply design created in partnership with Dr.… Read the full article
First the rain came straight down. Then the rain came sideways. Then it seemed to be coming up at me from the ground as I ran from a coffee shop to make my way to Hi-Fi Centre for the opening of the Vancouver Audio Festival late Friday afternoon. I was reminded of a scene in Forrest Gump where he describes similar rain experiences in Vietnam during his time in the war, and I was silently thankful to be taking shelter from the storm in warm, and cozy environs with like-minded audiophiles.… Read the full article