Author Archives: Part-Time Audiophile

Warsaw 2015: Zeta Zero

By Thomas Hyniewski and Norman Williams The beginnings of multi-directional sound recordings (read quadrophonics) and similar techniques, many years ago, gave a lot of us an early taste of the “nearly there” accomplishment. The early solutions and available content offerings were, to be blunt, lacking… Thankfully, we now have emerging technologies which impact our perception of omnidirectional propagation of sound,

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RMAF 2015: Fanya Lin and Vincent Bélanger

by Darryl Lindberg Why do seemingly normal people design, manufacture, and invest in all the electro-mechanical wizardry that’s on display at the RMAF? If you’re stumped by that question, well here’s the answer: so we can create the illusion of live music within the confines of our own homes. As impressive as all this paraphernalia can be and as astounding

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The Reluctant Sommelier: Napa Valley (and other) 2011 Vintage California Wines

by Nina Sventitsky I’ve posted before about vintages. On the West Coast, 2011 was a challenging vintage, because the Spring and Summer were cold and wet. What does this do for grape development? If you want big, fruity wines with more alcohol, you’re out of luck.  Seeking to make elegant wines, more like Old World European wine production?  It was

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Review: HiFiMAN HE1000 flagship headphones

by John Grandberg The proliferation of really-high-end headphones is undeniable. Back in the day, a $500 headphone was considered expensive, and the few thousand-dollar-plus models in existence were typically limited-edition rarities. Nowadays? Not so much. We’ve got the usual suspects like beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, AKG, Ultrasone, and Grado, all selling at least one model with a four figure price tag. Beyond

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Command Performance Anniversary Open House November 14th

DC-Area audio dealer Command Performance AV is hosting an Open House on Saturday, November 14th, from 1am – 5pm to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its retail store opening at 115 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046. There will be refreshments, giveaways, and special pricing on many products. While you’re there, be sure to check out Devialet, Focal, NAD, PSB and Bluesound.

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