As the warm weather finally subsides and the fall buying season starts to fire up the upgrade fever, hifi makers have finally started to release some of the new big dogs, back into the wild. The pandemic certainly backed up some of the process, and supply chains certainly didn’t help with prototyping either. Even with the steady growth of 3D printing, some parts still need to be constructed the old fashioned way – which takes time.
So now we find ourselves slowly getting back on track. September gave way to a whole host of new product releases, many which were flagships and best-we-can-do endeavors. There were more than a few highly anticipated releases, and even a few that were perhaps unexpected upgrades to the classic stable of big performers.
This week on our hifi-oriented show, The Occasional Podcast, Brian Hunter dives deep into the ranks of new gear. The episode includes live show coverage and direct interviews from the brand reps themselves on the new products.
The Occasional Podcast has launched into it’s 8th season with our coverage of 6 new product launches, but you can also check out PTA’s writer-abroad Marc Phillips and our interview with turntable reviewer Michael Fremer plus last season’s Anatomy Of An Amplifier and earlier episodes like A Beginners Guide To Wireless HiFi, How Records Are Made plus A Guide To Tube Amplifiers and our season 6 opener 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. 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 End, Getting Started With Vinyl Playback, The Occasional Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio. Season three had interviews with such audio legends as Jeff Joseph, Bill Dudleston, Nelson Pass and even Rob Watts.
If you would like more from PTA staff writer and engineer Dave McNair, you can hear also him exploring all things Mastering and explaining The Loudness Wars plus How Records Are Made, and if you haven’t checked out our beginners guide to reel-to-reel playback, it’s definitely worth a listen.
You can stream the newest episode about 6 product launches direct from the embed below or subscribe to The Occasional Podcast on your favorite podcast platform including iTunes, Android, Google, Deezer, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more.
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