The Best Amplifiers | Buyers Guide Summer 2021

The Best Amplifiers [Editor’s note: Welcome to the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for Summer 2021! These are the best amplifiers that we, the PTA team, have heard.] Decware Zen Triode SE84UFO2 ($1,395 USD) There’s a six-month waiting list for this 2.3wpc power amplifier, but it’s worth the wait if you’re an audiophile who wants to… Continue reading The Best Amplifiers | Buyers Guide Summer 2021

The Best Preamplifiers | Buyers Guide Summer 2021

The Best Preamplifiers [Editor’s note: Welcome to the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for Summer 2021! These are the best preamplifiers that we, the PTA team, have heard.] Luminous Audio Axiom II w/ Walker Mod ($499 USD) We described this small passive unit as a “volume control in a box,” and were amazed when it kicked… Continue reading The Best Preamplifiers | Buyers Guide Summer 2021

The Best Amplifiers | Buyers Guide 2021

The Best Amplifiers [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 amplifiers? What are you trying to do,… Continue reading The Best Amplifiers | Buyers Guide 2021

The Best Preamplifiers | Buyers Guide 2021

The Best Preamplifiers [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 preamplifiers? Why, there aren’t even tone controls… Continue reading The Best Preamplifiers | Buyers Guide 2021

Jeff Rowland Design Group Conductor Phono Preamplifier | REVIEW

  Having a Jeff Rowland Design Group product in my reference system reminds me, in a roundabout way, of one of the greatest hi-fi systems I’ve heard. This happened nearly a decade ago, at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. I had just received my Trenner & Friedl ART monitors—yes, I’ve owned these little… Continue reading Jeff Rowland Design Group Conductor Phono Preamplifier | REVIEW

AudioQuest Niagara 1200 and 3000 Power Conditioners | REVIEW

At a recent high-end audio show I sat with a group of colleagues in the hotel lobby and discussed, as we often do, what we had seen that was worthwhile. One person asked an interesting question: “What single component are you seeing in more rooms than any other?” I made a joke about Mat Weisfeld… Continue reading AudioQuest Niagara 1200 and 3000 Power Conditioners | REVIEW

Von Schweikert Audio ESE Loudspeakers | REVIEW

“Are you busy right now?” said the text from Von Schweikert Audio’s Leif Swanson. “Come back to the room when you can. We made a change.” This was back at the 2019 Capital Audiofest where Von Schweikert Audio and VAC were once again showing off what I call The System, approximately $1.5 million worth of… Continue reading Von Schweikert Audio ESE Loudspeakers | REVIEW

Trenner and Friedl Osiris Loudspeakers | REVIEW

This is the final entry borne from that magical In Living Stereo room at last year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. I started with the precious, jewel-like Mactone MH-120 power amplifier and XX-7000 preamplifier, continued with the mighty yet affordable Hana ML phono cartridge and now I’m finishing up with the very product that lured me… Continue reading Trenner and Friedl Osiris Loudspeakers | REVIEW

Hana ML Phono Cartridge | REVIEW

My first experience with Hana cartridges of Japan came at the 2016 Newport Show when I had organized my Down Under Audio exhibit rooms for Colleen Cardas Imports. My idea was this—after visiting Australia in 2015, I was determined to create an exhibit room (or two, actually) that had nothing but audio products from manufacturers… Continue reading Hana ML Phono Cartridge | REVIEW

Fern and Roby Raven II Loudspeakers | REVIEW

Reviewing the Fern and Roby Raven II loudspeakers reminds me of April last year, when Eric Franklin Shook and I visited the Fern and Roby factory for an article and photo essay we put together for The Occasional. Since Eric and I were driving from different directions and he was running late, I met Christopher… Continue reading Fern and Roby Raven II Loudspeakers | REVIEW