The Best of The Buyers Guide 2021

The Best of The Buyers Guide 2021 [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 hi-fi components? Hard no!… Continue reading The Best of The Buyers Guide 2021

RMAF 2018: Jeff Rowland Design Group and the Ultimate Phono Pre for Multiple Tonearms

Lucien Pichette of the Jeff Rowland Design Group is an old friend of ours. He grew up in Montrose, Colorado, where Colleen and I lived for a few years, and I used to drive past his boyhood home nearly every day. I was happy to visit with him in the Rowland room at the 2018… Continue reading RMAF 2018: Jeff Rowland Design Group and the Ultimate Phono Pre for Multiple Tonearms

AXPONA 2018: Pass Labs debuts new pre-amps: XP-22 Pre-amp and XP-27 Phono!

The Pass Labs XP-20 Pre-amplifier changed my perspective on the importance of a pre-amp and held its place in my listening room for a many years only to be replaced by its sibling the XP-30 in my main rig. Pre-amplifiers have come and gone in my home, but the XP-30 just gets out of the… Continue reading AXPONA 2018: Pass Labs debuts new pre-amps: XP-22 Pre-amp and XP-27 Phono!

Last chance to register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC

Time is running out to start 2018 with a brand-new DAC/headphone amp, courtesy of AudioQuest and Part-Time Audiophile. So, put down that eggnog and enter our Best of 2017 contest now, before the clock hits midnight. In a few weeks, the editors and writers at PTA will publish a list of their top gear of… Continue reading Last chance to register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC

VPI Voyager Sets Sail

For Immediate Press Release: Since we hired Electrical Engineer Mike Bettinger we have been asked about VPI’s future in electronics. Mike is known for his award-winning “Arion” phono, which is how we met him. Harry Weisfeld liked his phono so much he bought one for his personal use. Mike has taken what he learned combined… Continue reading VPI Voyager Sets Sail

CH Precision at Montreal Audio Fest: Video with Raphael Pasche

Some rooms at audio shows catch your attention before you even go into them – which isn’t easy due to the fact that you’ve got music pouring forth from just about every door you pass by – because they are playing something out of the norm.  As in, not audiophile. Not Diana Krall, Hugh Masekela or these days… Continue reading CH Precision at Montreal Audio Fest: Video with Raphael Pasche

Review: Merrill Audio Jens phono preamplifier

I’m sorry, did someone say “gold”? You don’t really see real gold very often — the actual metal — not in audio’s high-end, nor even in life generally. Certainly not big hunks of it. Maybe it’s the economy, or that current styles and trends have moved away from copious quantities of obvious bling. Yet, once upon… Continue reading Review: Merrill Audio Jens phono preamplifier

New On Kickstarter: Hagerman Cornet3 Phono Pre

Jim Hagerman of Hagerman Technologies has a lesson in high-end audio economics going on over at Kickstarter. Here’s the problem. Say you’re a “little guy” manufacturer. You want to fill an order and you’re not rich. So, you order the number of parts necessary to construct your product and fill that order and off it… Continue reading New On Kickstarter: Hagerman Cornet3 Phono Pre

Spinning with the Soundsmith: Aida and MMP3

by Kevin Venable A few weeks ago I was sent a pre-release copy of a pop album for review. The production was top-notch as was the mastering. The singing excellent as were the melodies. Lyrically however, I found I had a problem. It seemed to me that the artist had just strung together a seemingly… Continue reading Spinning with the Soundsmith: Aida and MMP3