Author Archives: Part-Time Audiophile

KEF and the Public Vinyl Demo: Tell no lies, claim no easy victories

An evening of revolutionaries and the up­hill battles of a hobby previously thought to be on the demise by Eric Franklin Shook I didn’t think I’d have the luck of seeing KEF’s Johan Coorg so soon after a fast-moving weekend at Capital Audiofest or that I’d once again would be pining away for a pair of KEF speakers that I can’t

Read more

Focal Launches Flagship Headphone at The Source A/V

By Brian Hunter This weekend was a steamy one for residents of southern California. Temperatures rose above 100 degrees in certain parts of the sunny city of angels, but many audiophiles were keeping cool within the confines of The Source A/V Saturday afternoon. The reason for the collective gathering of audio-inclined minds? A new set of headphones was released into

Read more

The Vinyl Grouch: Simon & Garfunkel, The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

By Ken Micallef Though their music is largely forgotten and unknown to anyone under 30, Simon & Garfunkel created some of the greatest pop music of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their classic albums – Sounds of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme, Bookends, Bridge Over Troubled Water – portrayed a bittersweet vision of America, told in jewel-like songs

Read more

High End 2016: Illusonics IAP – the Swiss army knife for (immersive) sound

by Matthias Brötzmann At the High-End show in Munich, Illusonic was showing their “Swiss army knife“ for room sound field optimization: the IAP. In contrast to many other rooms, this was a minimalist installation. Two or three active speakers, a small subwoofer, and some input devices, turntable, DVD player. A NAS was connected for network streaming and, the IAP 4

Read more

High End 2016: Spalt Art

by Matthias Brötzmann Klaus Wangen Design presented its “Spalt Art” sound transducers. They combine classical musical instrument construction techniques with the latest speaker technology. The finest tonewood is prepared and formed as in a classical musical instrument. This way, the sonically advantageous properties of the long fibres of the material are retained. What follows is an elaborate construction, not unlike that

Read more

Ruby Obsession: Zu Audio Showoff

Time for a photo smackdown. We have three photos of two different Zu Audio loudspeakers, the Druid and the Soul Supreme, that were shown at T.H.E. Show at Newport Beach in 2016 sporting an extra-special finish called Ruby Obsession — and win glory. That finish, which adds considerably to the overall cost of the speakers, is visually magnetic. In ambient light, the

Read more

High End 2016: Sound Galleries DSD 512

At BMW World, far away from the hustle and bustle of Munich High-End, the Sound Galleries team presented their own developed SGM-2015 music server. The quietness of the event venue, with its large size, allowed the auditorium to deeply demonstrate the fine details presented by this system. Unlike many competing, products the SGM uses DSD512 instead of PCM, resulting in

Read more
« Older Entries