Author Archives: Part-Time Audiophile

The Vinyl Grouch: LENNON

Covering all things vinyl, whether from digital or analog sources, with good music the only common denominator. By Ken Micallef More than any other Beatle after the band’s 1969 breakup, more than Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Ringo Starr, no single Beatle experienced greater musical peaks and bleaker musical lows than John Lennon. For every brilliant “Instant Karma,” “Imagine,” “Working

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The Smoking Jacket: Tiny and Bold

By Marc Phillips “Way out west, a story is told About a bunch of cowboys, tiny and bold Riding tall, tall in the saddle Herding cows the size of schnauzers but they’re cattle…” Ah, mini sirloin burgers from Jack-in-the-Box. Until Flo from Progressive Insurance, in her deadpan and impish way, declared that sprinkles are for winners, this was perhaps my

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Review: Audioengine B2 Bluetooth Speaker, Peachtree Audio Deepblue2, and Audioengine A5+ with B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

by John and Davis Richardson For the Not-So-Rich-And-Famous “Hey John, how would you like to review some lifestyle products?” That’s the invitation I got in editor Scot Hull’s basement not long ago when I stopped in for a quick visit. Lifestyle products… Really? On the way home, I supposed I would need to reach down and yank that pine cone

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Review: Bob’s Audio Devices CineMag SKY 20 Step-up Transformer

By Darryl Lindberg There are many ways to skin the audio cat in the quest for sonic bliss. Think about it: if we’re talking about sources, we have vinyl/tape/digital (CD, SACD, streaming, TBD); in electronics we have tubes/solid state/hybrid, as well as single ended/push-pull, throwing in class A/class A/B/D for good measure. If we’re talking about speakers, the choices are

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