• Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: Opening Day

    June 24, 2017 // 2 Comments

    Waking up early to already warm temperatures, and sunlight slanting into my bedroom I couldn’t help but wonder if this rare sunny day in Vancouver would mean trouble. It’s slated to be the hottest day of the year here – not a cloud in the deep azure sky – which you would think could translate into people being more interested in the beach or park that in the Vancouver Audio Festival that HiFi Centre is hosting this weekend. But audiophiles are a fickle lot, and if there’s [...]
  • With the inaugural Vancouver Audio Festival hosted by HiFi Centre happening this weekend, I thought I’d get the word out on what Igor Kivritsky, and his good people were curating in the suites of listening rooms lined up for Saturday, and Sunday playback sessions (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), as well as the large headphone area being set-up. With an eye towards demonstrating multiple price points, digital, and analog delivery methods, and how to build a synergistic sound system, the rooms are [...]
  • Mark Macdonald of The Sound Room in Vancouver, British Columbia (100-2025 West Broadway) shot an interesting note my way regarding a Simaudio 888 Power Amplifier event that he will be hosting this Thursday. Macdonald always puts on great high-fidelity events, and is an exemplary host. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend, but having heard these specific amplifiers previously in Las Vegas at CES, and High End in Munich I can say that they are worth the time to take a listen. –Rafe [...]
  • Vancouver’s HiFi Centre is throwing open it’s doors this coming weekend (June 24, 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 433 Carrall Street, Vancouver) to help fill the gap left by the departure of the Chester Group, and it’s Vancouver Audio Show. Admission is free of charge. Igor Kivritsky of HiFi Centre said the idea behind the festival is to give something back to Vancouver’s audio community for the loss of the original, scheduled show that was to be held in Burnaby. [...]
  • Canada: A unique land of high fidelity

    June 8, 2017 // 3 Comments

    You may have noticed a new section added to Part-Time Audiophile’s menu system: Canada. This marks a new approach for us as we move forward, with a journey into geographic-specific coverage. My home is Vancouver, British Columbia in… you guessed it Canada. So it only made sense to be able to focus on some of the great manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who call Canada home. Moving forward expect to see more stories, reviews, and events from this land we like to refer to as [...]



TAVES 2016

  • TAVES 2016: Closing thoughts

    December 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak At 5 pm on Sunday, I stayed behind to help DVL Audio as well as Audio by Mark Jones with packing up their equipment, and it was at that moment I realized [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Mundorf and the ANKITS

    December 23, 2016 // 1 Comment

    By Richard H. Mak Born out of Audio Note UK as the Audio Note Kit company, ANKIT is a separate entity operating out of Canada by company director Brian Smith.    The [...]
  • By Richard H. Mak Just like every other year, Tri-cell Enterprises always have the most number of room.  This year, I counted 4 but I was told there was 5.  The room that [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Truely Nola

    December 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

    By Richard H. Mak I wasn’t sure whether the sign posted on the door of Foldback Sound is meant to be humorous or sarcastic, let’s just say his creativity (or lack [...]
  • By Richard H. Mak For a second, I thought Monitor Audio had brought in a pair of Dynaudio Temptations into its demo room. They look remarkably similar. The Platinum Series [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Totem!

    December 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak Long gone are days with images of native Indian totem poles of the Canadian North.  Totem Acoustics has continued to be an innovative company, constantly [...]
  • By Richard H. Mak Here is a room which I would not have found if it wasn’t for the majestic sound of trumpets from Wagner’s Der fliegende Hollände (The Flying [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Focus Audio

    December 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak The Focus Audio Master 2 BE Speakers (USD$ 45,000) may look similar to the pair which was shown in last years’ TAVES,  these are in fact the next [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Triangle Art shines in Toronto

    December 5, 2016 // 1 Comment

    By Richard H. Mak Every time when I walk into Triangle Art’s  esoterically decorated room, it reminds of me of walking into Le Cirque at Bellagio or Red Square at [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Sonic Artistry and Charisma Audio

    December 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak Bernard Li of Charisma Audio has always managed to bring in new products for display year after year, and his room often looks completely different from one [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Audio by Mark Jones

    November 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak Mark Jones has been in the audio business for over 30 years, and a few years ago he went independent, starting his personal brick and mortar shop, Audio by [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Nordost demos with Tannoy

    November 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak Situated next door to Mark Jone’s room the Nordost team leaded by Michael Talyor, VP of North American Sales,  was busy doing A/B comparisons between [...]
  • TAVES 2016: Audiophile seminars

    November 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

    By Richard H. Mak There were many seminars this year at TAVES with great attendance by people who came to learn about new technologies and new trends in the Hi-Fi world.   [...]

Vancouver 2015

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Frank Sinatra's Hi-Fi, circa 1947

Frank Sinatra's Hi-Fi, circa 1947

Well, lawdy Miss Clawdy! John Marks' latest republication from The Tannhauser Gate is compact, but delicious. A shout from the past, really, right after World War II, but before Bing Crosby's Ampex Corporation with its pilfered Nazi technology that we today call "tape recorders" hit the scene. 78s everywhere, of course; no LPs to be seen. A... Read More »

PS Audio's New Huron Operating System for the DirectStream Junior DAC

PS Audio's New Huron Operating System for the DirectStream Junior DAC

It's been a little over a year since PS Audio's DirectStream Junior DAC landed in the Tune Saloon. I gave it a well-deserved two-thumbs up in my PF review, HERE. Since that time, DS Junior been the primary source for my digital audio system. The beating heart of the DSJ (and big bro DirectStream), is its custom Field... Read More »

Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 4

Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 4

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair"... 31. The Beatles. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Parlophone PCS 7027 (1967), MoFi ‎– MFSL 1-100 (1983), 33 1/3 rpm). Genre: rock, psychedelic, art rock, baroque pop, raga, avant-garde It was fifty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the... Read More »

Campfire Audio Vega IEM

Campfire Audio Vega IEM

Released in 2015, Campfire Audio headed by Ken ball has emerged as a successful in-ear monitor (IEM) company across the audiophile community. Having released in excess of 5 earphones in the past 18 months, the company are a boutique brand aiming to deliver hi-fidelity sound quality in a durable form factor. Campfire Audio's Andromeda was... Read More »

Synergistic Research PowerCell 12 UEF SE Power Conditioner

Synergistic Research PowerCell 12 UEF SE Power Conditioner

Please be patient as I step you through some backstory. I reviewed the Synergistic Research PowerCell 10 UEF power conditioner back in October 2014. It made a tremendous impact on the overall sound of my system—all for the good! Other than a change in speakers, maybe more of an impact than any other single component at that point... Read More »

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