Welcome to the Guide

Why another list?

Well, maybe because we’ve always been a little different. In that spirit, this is our “Buyer’s Guide”.

In the end, The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank ].” This collection represents our enthusiasm. Every product listed in this guide is beloved by at least one team member. These products have elicited responses such as “I was gobsmacked every minute I spent with this” or “The shipping box was wet with the tears of my lost innocence” or, too often, just “Take my money!” In other words, this isn’t about high-end audio products that we merely like. These are the products we love — and we think you will, too.

No list like this can ever be complete since we’re bound to forget something that has duly impressed the heck out of us. We’ve attempted to capture a moment in time — one year — and these bits are the products we want to have and hold and use in our own systems right now.

If you’re looking for our list of “the best” — the best loudspeakers, CD players, amplifiers, turntables, cartridges, preamplifiers, DACs and more — this is it.

Enjoy!

The Part-Time Audiophile Team











Buyers Guide Winter 2022

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The Best Amplifiers | Buyers Guide 2022

Welcome to the Best Amplifiers section of the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2022. The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank ].” This collection represents our enthusiasm. Every product […]

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The Best Digital Players | Buyers Guide 2022

Welcome to the Best Digital Players section of the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2022. The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank ].” This collection represents our enthusiasm. Every […]

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The Best Integrated Amplifiers | Buyers Guide 2022

Welcome to the Best Integrated Amplifiers section of the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2022. The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank ].” This collection represents our enthusiasm. Every product […]

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The Best Headphones and Gear | Buyers Guide 2022

Welcome to the Best Headphones and Gear section of the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2022. The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank ].” This collection represents our enthusiasm. Every […]

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The Best Turntables | Buyers Guide 2022

Welcome to the Best Turntables section of the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2022. The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank ].” This collection represents our enthusiasm. Every product […]

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The Best Phono Preamplifiers | Buyers Guide 2022

Welcome to the Best Phono Preamplifiers section of the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2022. The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank ].” This collection represents our enthusiasm. Every product […]

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The Best Phono Cartridges, Tonearms and Headshells | Buyers Guide 2022

Welcome to the Best Phono Cartridges, Tonearms, and Headshells section of the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2022. The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank ].” This collection represents […]

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The Best Hi-Fi Accessories | Buyers Guide 2022

Welcome to the Best Hi-Fi Accessories section of the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2022. The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank ].” This collection represents our enthusiasm. Every […]

Buyers Guide 2021

Buyers Guide 2020

Product of the Year

Awards

Best Value of the Year Award | 2021

Deciding the Best Value of the Year Award for 2021 As we finish out our year-end award season, I noticed that many of the same products that were considered for Product of the Year for […]

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Product of The Year | 2020

Product of The Year 2020 Publisher’s Note: Someone told me that hanging a Product of the Year 2020 ribbon would be odd. Maybe this year was not the year to do “congratulations”, and any award, […]

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The Occasional 2018 Buyer’s Guide

The Editors have voted, weighed in, argued, smashed cups to the ground and called for more; they have bitten thumbs, quarreled, sallied forth; they have met the enemy and they were not themselves; they have […]

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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 […]

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Best of 2015 and Product of the Year

2015 is over, much to my shock and chagrin. Honestly, I’m not quite sure how it happened. No. Seriously. I kinda feel like I’m Rick Grimes; I just woke up, everyone is gone, and WTF […]

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Best of 2014 and The Product of the Year

It was the best of times. It was the not-best-of-times. But whatever it was, and wherever it lies on the Arc of Interesting, 2014 saw some pretty amazing stuff and some truly inspiring stories, and […]

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