RMAF 2018: Bob’s Devices and a Long-Delayed Introduction

Bob Sattin is one of those guys I always see at the shows, but I’ve never really introduced myself to him. That’s a bit ridiculous, considering that I’ve been calling myself the Vinyl Anachronist for 21 years and here’s someone who is totally dedicated to vinyl playback and has created some truly outstanding products…especially in… Continue reading RMAF 2018: Bob’s Devices and a Long-Delayed Introduction

The Part-Time Audiophile guide to the best hi-fi gear of 2017

Picking the best audio component of the year is kind of like pondering your ultimate list of girls to ask to the high school prom. There are many very attractive choices, but probably a much smaller number actually in your league. That doesn’t stop you from dreaming, though. And the girl who maybe initially wasn’t… Continue reading The Part-Time Audiophile guide to the best hi-fi gear of 2017

RMAF 2017: Bob’s Devices Pairs up with Chesky for Great Analog

I ran into Bob Sattin of Bob’s Devices at RMAF as I was looking at new Chesky LP releases in the marketplace. Sattin was next door and said, “Hey, do you want to listen to the record?”  Sure. Chesky had several great records available to purchase at the show but two really looked interesting: Macy… Continue reading RMAF 2017: Bob’s Devices Pairs up with Chesky for Great Analog

RMAF 2017: Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch make a statement with Cardinal loudspeaker

I first auditioned a pair of Wilson Benesch speakers about a decade ago at a Dallas dealer. I had come in primarily to listen to a tube amp I fancied, but the sight of the large floorstanders got me curious. I had read positive reviews on the company’s products. Seeing them up close was intriguing,… Continue reading RMAF 2017: Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch make a statement with Cardinal loudspeaker

RMAF 2017: Zesto steps up with new phono transformer

On the surface, the news sounds shocking: Zesto Audio has built its first component without a tube. But rest easy. President and designer George Counnas hasn’t forsaken his strategy of mixing 1930s valve concepts with modern technology. He’s merely augmenting another of his products — the kind with the glowing filaments. Counnas and his wife,… Continue reading RMAF 2017: Zesto steps up with new phono transformer