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There is a lot of ground covered in the 1 hour and 29 minutes that makes up The Occasional Podcast this week. Kicking off the show is Dan Clark of Dan Clark Audio with a healthy explanation of what meta materials are, and how they are being used in audio. Dan recently launched a new closed back planar magnetic headphone that is only the second in hi-fi to utilize the rising technology in a product launch (the other being the KEF LS50 Meta).

The PTA staff also jumps in to discuss at length the implications of expensive cables, both to the market, manufacturing and of course to your home listening system. Making a guest appearance is no other than publisher Scot Hull, Marc Phillips, Brian Hunter, Grover Neville and Dave McNair. Throughout the various conversations, we get a sample from a few different perspectives, including audiophile tastes, but also a production side take as well.

The Occasional Podcast is opening the doors on Season 6 with last week’s conversation of What Is Accuracy and Why Audiophiles Love Jazz but don’t miss last season’s finale TOP’s Best Of Season 5 Awards Plus A Visit to Van Halen’s 5150 Studios or our revisited interview with the late legendary recording engineer Al Schmitt, and the interview with digital audio designer Mike Moffat from the season 5 opener. Also available for download is last season’s interviews with Heinz Lichtenegger, president of Pro-Ject. You can also check out Budgeting – From Entry Level To High EndGetting Started With Vinyl Playback, The Occasional Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio and our take on the “Loudness Wars” which has been a highlight for the season. Season three had interviews with such audio legends as Jeff JosephBill Dudleston, Nelson Pass and even Rob Watts.

If you would like more from engineer Dave McNair, you can hear also him exploring all things Mastering and explaining The Loudness Wars, and if you haven’t checked out our beginners guide to reel-to-reel playback, it’s definitely worth a listen.

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Brian Hunter is the host of The Occasional Podcast by Part-Time Audiophile and the founder of Audio-Head.com.