The Best Cables, Power, Grounding and Racks | Buyers Guide Summer 2021

The Best Cables, Power, Grounding and Equipment Racks [Editor’s note: Welcome to the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2021! These are the best cables, power products, grounding products and racks that we, the PTA team, have used.] Cable Looms [We’re pushing forward the idea of a cable “loom”–an entire complement of one brand of high-end… Continue reading The Best Cables, Power, Grounding and Racks | Buyers Guide Summer 2021

The Best Cables, Power, and Racks | Buyers Guide 2021

The Best Cables [Editor’s note: Welcome to the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2021! This year we decided to mix it up a little by breaking up the Buyers Guide into sections, which makes it a far more manageable read. And oh, we know what you’re thinking–the best cables, power products and equipment racks? Boy,… Continue reading The Best Cables, Power, and Racks | Buyers Guide 2021

Vinnie Rossi, Well-Pleased Audio Vida, Triode Wire Labs | New York 2019

Moving to the top floor of the show, a number of the rooms were still not open for the early press opening time of 11:00 am.  Vinnie Rossi was open for business and had a somewhat larger room than what seemed to be the standard size.  He was using it to great benefit featuring his… Continue reading Vinnie Rossi, Well-Pleased Audio Vida, Triode Wire Labs | New York 2019

Well-Pleased Audio Vida, Vinnie Rossie, Qln, Innuos, Triode Wire Labs | CAF 2019

I’m looking at my notes from the Well-Pleased Audio Vida room at the 2019 Capital Audiofest, and I spot this little nugget: “OMG. What can I say?” The Well-Pleased Audio Vida room is more commonly known as the “Vinnie Room” these days, meaning Vinnie Rossi is once again showing his fabulous L2i-SE integrated amplifier ($18,995)… Continue reading Well-Pleased Audio Vida, Vinnie Rossie, Qln, Innuos, Triode Wire Labs | CAF 2019

Well Pleased AV, Vinnie Rossi, Qln, Innuos, Swisscables | RMAF 2019

Well Pleased AV, a distributor based in Virginia, immediately scored extra points for the diagonal set-up in their exhibit room at RMAF 2019. When I’ve lived in a house where I had the space to do it, I did. Diagonal room set-ups for your audio system result in a magnificently deep soundstage, one that’s so… Continue reading Well Pleased AV, Vinnie Rossi, Qln, Innuos, Swisscables | RMAF 2019

Well Pleased AV, Rethm, Qualiton, Aqua, Innuos, GigaWatt, Swisscables, SGR Hifi Racks | AXPONA 2019

CHICAGO (PTA) — Mark Sossa of Well Pleased Audio Vida once again demonstrated a stellar stable of components and show-stopping sound. Rethm loudspeakers continue to dominate my personal point-source category, Qualiton, Aqua, and Innuos make quick work of the hi-res streaming, while GigaWatt, Swisscables, and SGR Hifi Racks do more than support the system. The Story… Continue reading Well Pleased AV, Rethm, Qualiton, Aqua, Innuos, GigaWatt, Swisscables, SGR Hifi Racks | AXPONA 2019

Must See Rooms, Day Three | AXPONA 2019

CHICAGO (PTA) — This year’s AXPONA audio show is already on course to be their biggest, and most newsworthy yet. Lots of product debuts are happening at this show, and we’re committed to bringing you the most extensive coverage of what’s NEW and out-of-this-world in the hi-fi universe. Let’s continue with the Must See Rooms… Continue reading Must See Rooms, Day Three | AXPONA 2019

YG Acoustics Sonja XV and Dan D’Agostino Relentless

Do I really need an excuse to ditch Rochester just before the first major snowstorm of the season just to head down to San Diego? As excuses go, I can think on none more sublime than visiting a high-end audio dealer to evaluate a couple of state-of-the-art designs that have just been introduced. Alma Audio… Continue reading YG Acoustics Sonja XV and Dan D’Agostino Relentless

CAF 2018: Arion Audio, LAMM, Aqua Acoustics and Can You Keep a Secret?

“I can’t tell you that much about the drivers—I still have two patents pending.” It was clear from first glance that the Apollo Speaker System from Arion Audio wasn’t using your typical woofers, tweeters or panels to make impressive sounds at the 2018 Capital Audio Fest. These tall, substantial towers were fitted with a vertical… Continue reading CAF 2018: Arion Audio, LAMM, Aqua Acoustics and Can You Keep a Secret?

CAF 2018: LinnenberG, QLN, Aqua Acoustic Quality, Innuos, GigaWatt, SGR, Swiss Cables; from Well Pleased A|V

LinnenberG shows us that Ruhr valley sound, QLN gets our name right, Aqua Acoustic Quality goes all optological on us, Innuos gives us our moment of Zen, GigaWatt whips the power into shape, SGR HiFi Racks hold things up and yet still get us there on time, and Swiss Cables leave no holes in the… Continue reading CAF 2018: LinnenberG, QLN, Aqua Acoustic Quality, Innuos, GigaWatt, SGR, Swiss Cables; from Well Pleased A|V