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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018 kicks off this Friday

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Coming up fast…

Time is rapidly approaching for Vancouver-area audiophiles to get their sonic freak on with Hi-fi Centre  once again hosting the Vancouver Audio Festival which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. This year, Hi-Fi Centre owner Igor Kivritsky has helped to curate 10 demonstration areas featuring bleeding-edge high-fidelity equipment legends like Devialet, Focal, Naim, Bowers & Wilkins, Sonus Faber, McIntosh Labs, Clearaudio, and YG Acoustics to name but a few.

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AXPONA 2018: The MUST SEE Rooms of Day Three

By | April 18th, 2018|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There are over 160 rooms and exhibits here at Axpona. Making this event the largest audio show in North America. For some this can be overwhelming and cause a bit of anxiety. But have no fear, the Part-Time Audiophile Dream Team of journalists, personalities, and humorists are ready to be your guide.

Just one part of the Paragon duo of rooms at the show, Doshi Audio had us befuddled at how well his new seventy-five watt per channel amplifier was handling the load presented by the Wilson speakers.Read the full article

AXPONA 2018 – Friday Night Lights, and Saturday delights

By | April 17th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Into the light of Saturday.

Lions, tigers, and bears – Oh my.

Substitute the first three nouns in that sentence for women, teens, and children, and you’d get my drift about what I noticed over the weekend in Illinois. This was pretty much the first time I’d seen any of those demographics in any amount of numbers at an audio show in North America. And no, it wasn’t just because there was a large dance competition being held simultaneously in part of the host venue, these were women, teens, and kids clutching AXPONA merchandise, and making the rounds between the more than 150 show rooms.… Read the full article

Vancouver Audio Festival returns April 20-21st at Hifi Centre

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

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April 20th, to 21st: Vancouver Audio Festival

Hi-fi Centre is playing host once again to the Vancouver Audio Festival from April 20th, to 21st. This is the second time the downtown dealer has stepped into the void left by the cancellation of the Vancouver Audio Show by Chester Group. Owner Igor Kivritsky said it was a “no-brainer” after a successful trial run in 2017.

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The new Focal Kanta will be featured.

“We were extremely pleased with the attendance and reactions we received last year and have decided to make this an annual event. 

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YG Acoustics Sonja Series 2 Loudspeaker Launch

By | December 16th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

Last weekend Lynn and I attended the launch of the YG Acoustics Sonja Series 2 Loudspeaker. The event followed the format of recent product unveilings hosted by GTT Audio in New Jersey. Each press attendee was invited to a personal listening session with Bill Parish and Dick Diamond, the YG Director of Sales & Marketing, in attendance.

Dick Diamond, Lynn and I with the Sonja 2

It isn’t often that YG releases a new model. The Series 2 designates the incorporation of two technologies originally rolled out with the flagship Sonja XV speakers: the BilletDome™ tweeter and the ViseCoil™ inductor in the bass crossover.… Read the full article

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Brief Impressions:  GTT Audio, Audionet, YG Acoustics, KRONOS, and Kubala-Sosna, a Return to the Mountaintop!

By | November 25th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Our current (August 26, 2017) stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers. Our new GamuT Lobster Chair optimized for audiophile listening and maximum comfort is in the foreground to the lower right.

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The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.

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The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.Read the full article

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YG Acoustics Announces its Acquisition by LK Capital and Yoav Geva

By | August 28th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Our current (August 26, 2017) stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers. Our new GamuT Lobster Chair optimized for audiophile listening and maximum comfort is in the foreground to the lower right.

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The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.

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The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: D’Agostino muscle, Audio Research glow, YG finesse – an intoxicating mix

By | July 9th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Hypnotic dials.

Have you ever been to a rock festival and started imagining your dream lineup in a hoped-for ending jam? What would it sound like to hear singer X with guitarist Y and drummer Z?

laas3Thoughts similar to that pop into my head as I approach each major audio show. You can never tell which brands are going to band together. Some companies tend to have long-term personal friendships or at least business ties that result in them making music together at almost every event, where others seem to change partners frequently.Read the full article

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Bill Parish Talks with PF's Jim Merod

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

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The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers and Balanced Audio Technology VK-255 SE stereo amplifier.

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The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.

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The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.

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GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers; Evolution Acoustics MM2 loudspeakers with Wave Kinetics isolation feet; Nova Rendition II loudspeakers outfitted with Walker Audio Reference HDLs on the upper and lower bi-wires, and Townshend Audio Super Tweeters, all contacts treated with Walker Audio Extreme SST Contact Enhancer.… Read the full article

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CES 2017: Nagra and YG Acoustics keep the balance

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

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The Classic looks of Nagra’s, well, Classic line always stops me cold.

There’s always an expectation on my part when I walk into a room featuring electronics by Nagra of Switzerland. It’s sort of like going to the pub: you know there’s good beer, food, and friends there, so you have an expectation of a fun time. Same goes for the Nagra kit. At CES this year the steady-handed Swiss had paired up with YG Acoustics out of Arvada, Colorado, and were driving a pair of Hailey 1.2 loudspeakers with Tara Labs cabling throughout.… Read the full article

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