Author Archives: Part-Time Audiophile

AXPONA 2014 Opens on Friday

I’m heading out to AXPONA this Thursday. Robert Harley, the Editor of The Absolute Sound has asked me to forge his signature for his book signing while he makes his directorial debut for a new Masterpiece Mystery episode being filmed at the hotel. I had … Continue reading

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HeadAmp’s Stellar GSX Mk2 Balanced Headphone Amplifier

by Frank Iacone But is the wait worth it? HeadAmp‘s Justin Wilson has been designing and building amplifiers professionally since 2002. He has developed a cult following in the portable and headphone communities for building some of the very best … Continue reading

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Latest Crowd Funding Project From LH Labs: Geek Wave

Got your trunks and your longboard? It looks like we’re in for another crowd funding ride. LH Labs, the guys that brought us the kick-ass Geek Out “Headphone Awesomifier” and the forthcoming Geek Pulse (the desktop version) have a brand … Continue reading

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Headphone Bliss: B.M.C. Audio amazes with PureDAC

by John Grandberg What does it take to separate a piece of audio equipment from its similarly priced peers? Is it based purely on sound? Features? Looks? Or, ideally, a combination of all three? Us writers are always talking about … Continue reading

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Part-Time Audiophile Gets Huge Infusion of Cash, Plans To Spend It Pretty Much Immediately

Well, it finally happened. The Lotto Fairy came through! My ticket has been validated and I’ve claimed my half of the $400M MegaMillions prize from the March 18th drawing! I’m so excited I can hardly sit long enough to take a … Continue reading

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Double Take Review: Rockin’ out with the Geek Out

Geek Out 1000, First Take by Michael Mercer Light Harmonic hit the hi-fi scene like a bat outta hell a few years ago, earning a reputation for sonic integrity and forward-thinking design aesthetics. Upon the introduction of their Guggenheim Museum-looking Da … Continue reading

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Pono Music CEO John Hamm to present at AXPONA

You’ve probably heard of Pono by now, right? Or maybe visited (or perhaps even invested in) the Kickstarter campaign for the project that musician Neil Young (yes, that Neil Young) has been raving about for the last year or so? Well, if not, I’d like … Continue reading

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New On Kickstarter: Hagerman Cornet3 Phono Pre

Jim Hagerman of Hagerman Technologies has a lesson in high-end audio economics going on over at Kickstarter. Here’s the problem. Say you’re a “little guy” manufacturer. You want to fill an order and you’re not rich. So, you order the … Continue reading

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Why I Love Pono (And Why You Should, Too)

Pono is still kicking the crap out of Kickstarter. Fundraising goal? Bah, who cares. Crushed! Neil Young’s baby is currently cruising past $2.5M and with 30+ days left, so I feel comfortable guessing that he’s gonna clear $25M or more … Continue reading

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Neil Young’s Pono Off to Big Start on Kickstarter

Pono hit Kickstarter today with a bang. The retail pricing on the new high-resolution portable audio player was set at $400, but the first 100 early birds snapped it up at 50% off. And yes, all those slots are taken. … Continue reading

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