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HIFIMAN debuts TWS800 True Wireless® Earbuds, with Onboard Amplifiers and Audiophile Grade Drivers

BELLMORE, NY (PTA) — At Canjam Socal 2019 in Invine, California, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Adam Sohmer and a chance to preview the then new TWS600 ($199 USD) wireless earphones from HIFIMAN which featured a new True Wireless® technology. The excitement surrounding this new technology was that it finally allowed for better sound and greater distances between the earphones and music source. This was especially useful news for gym-rats like myself and stationary runners who preferred not to have their DAP or phone attached at the hip despite said competitors’  “wireless” earphones of the day still seeming to be still lacking in practical wireless range. The True Wireless® technology debuted by HIFIMAN then was a godsend for earbud users, and now with the new TWS800 ($299 USD) earbuds debuting this week, we’re even more excited as the extended range this series of earbuds is known for now receives a big dose of high-end audiophile sound to boot. More information on the TWS800’s newly designed drivers and electronics can be found in the enclosed press release below. Enjoy! HIFIMAN Debuts TWS800 True Wireless® Earbud, With Onboard Amplifier and Audiophile-grade Drivers New Bluetooth 5.0 Earbud Features High-end Output, Rugged [...]

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BREAKING: The Bristol Hi-Fi Show Cancelled for 2021, Going Virtual Maybe?

BRISTOL UK (PTA) — In a post made to social media, the Bristol Hi-Fi Show has announced the cancellation of their in-person event that was to be held in the last weekend of February of 2021, in the city of Bristol, UK. The event was cancelled due to the lingering concerns surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, public health, and travel safey. As a possible solution, the Bristol Hi-Fi Show organizers are working to keep options open as hosting a virtual hi-fi event may be the best course of action. This remains a developing story. Stay tuned for updates. The Bristol Hi-Fi Show celebrates its 34th year in 2021. The show is organized by Audio T (a UK dealer) in association with What Hi-Fi? (a UK publication) and is the largest and longest running consumer home audio show in the UK. From the Bristol Hi-Fi Show Facebook Page “Due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic, we have made the difficult decision not to host the Bristol Show 2021. We are currently looking at options to host a virtual event, so watch this space!”  

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Part-Time Audiophile now featuring Contributor Columns

PART-TIME AUDIOPHILE INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS — We are proud to announce, the greatest addition to our Part-Time Audiophile website toolbar in over a decade—we bring to you, the Contributor Columns! It has been discussed amongst our staff of writers and decided that now-better-than-never is the perfect time to update our website’s navigation toolbar, thus making our editorial content that much easier to find. The new COLUMNS tab and included drop-down menu contains linkage to all of our favorite Part-Time Audiophile editorial columns from the past, present, and future. With our existing brain-trust of audiophile experts, hi-fi industry veterans, technical gurus, journalists, explorers, gourmets, thought leaders, and historians on the writing team, we felt it was time to set our rich column archives free from the search bar and entrust them to the navigation toolbar for quick access. The Contributor Columns For all of our long-time Part-Time Audiophile column readers, please know this: we appreciate your investment of time (and ad-clicking) towards our success, and for your patronage we bring forth some of our most revered content for a second (or third) helping. Returning to the stage are columns like Scot Hull‘s Publishers Desk, along with lifestyle columns like Nina Sventitsky‘s Reluctant [...]

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HANA Umami Red – Sales Begin Today

The announcement of a new flagship Hana cartridge has most of us at Part-Time Audiophile in a frenzy. We all want to review the new $3950 Hana Umami Red, and I think we’re going to have to enter Thunderdome to determine which of us gets the honor. I think I should advance to the finals, since I’m the one who just reviewed the extraordinary Hana ML and loved it. Also, I’m the editor-in-chief, dammit, and what I say goes! Some long-forgotten bit of altruism deep inside of me squeaks, in a tiny little voice, “Let someone else review the Hana Umami Red. Spread the love that is Hana cartridges.” Here’s the thing: the Hana ML costs just $1200, and we feel it’s one of the best cartridge values there is. That goes for all of the Hana designs, which start at an incredible $475. These are Japanese cartridges, made in Japan by a master craftsman who has figured out an efficient design that doesn’t have to cost a fortune to buy. So the question became: “If Hana can make a cartridge this good and sell it in the US for just $1200, imagine how good an, oh say, $3950 Hana [...]

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Sonus Faber Il Cremonese Ex3me

NEW YORK (PTA) — Launching today, a new special edition of the already popular Il Cremonese. This new speaker is was inspired by the 30th Anniversary edition Ex3ma. More details and photos are enclosed below. Enjoy! SONUS FABER LAUNCHES THE NEW EXCLUSIVE LIMITED-EDITION II CREMONESE EX3ME INSPIRED BY THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT EX3MA Sonus faber is proud to introduce the new special edition Il Cremonese ex3me. Introduced in 2015 with the intention of completing the Sonus faber Homage Collection, the speaker was named after a traditional Italian violin, the Il Cremonese. This violin is the most famous among the master Antonio Stradivari’s creations. Due to its superb sound capability, the new Il Cremonese speaker immediately placed among the ranks of Sonus faber’s Reference Collection catalogue, becoming a favorite among the Sonus faber R&D team members. This predilection turned the Il Cremonese into a crucial internal Sonus faber work instrument, serving as an effective test bench for the development of various technical solutions due to the innate versatility of its electroacoustic configuration. This concept led to the idea of using Il Cremonese as the foundation for a unique loudspeaker system characterized by new technical features with a precise performance target: absolute [...]

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MOON by Simaudio 40th Anniversary Edition System

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC, CANADA (PTA) — It’s starting to look like my favourite high-end audio trend of 2020 is going to be ‘anniversary trim‘ enclosures. The new 40th Anniversary Edition System from MOON by Simaudio is one of the most stunning looking collections I’ve seen yet. The MOON system is comprised of the 680D Streaming DAC, and 600i V2 Integrated Amplifier, both decked out in anniversary trim. More information and photography are enclosed below. Enjoy! Press Release Enclosed MOON LAUNCHES 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION SYSTEM SEDUCTIVE SOUND, BEWITCHING LOOKS MOON has created an iconic audio system to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The stunning MOON Anniversary Edition features the highly acclaimed 680D streaming DAC and the elegantly powerful 600i v2 integrated amplifier. Each model is finished in a beautiful Millesime Red colorway designed to give a contemporary look plus a discreet styling cue recalling MOON’s 1980 genesis. To complement the system, the remote-control unit is also in stunning Millesime Red and the MOON bridges in rose gold. A full set of premium cables is supplied. With an exclusive production run of just forty systems, the Anniversary Edition system is designed for passionate audiophiles who want to be part of MOON’s audio heritage. Each [...]

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Sony A7C Compact Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

SAN DIEGO, CA — You’re probably asking why we—a hi-fi mag—are reporting on a Sony A7C camera. The truth is we’re only Part-Time Audiophiles. After hours we each have family life, social functions, and several hobbies that extend beyond our usual hi-fi desires—photography just being one. The more I delve into the world of high-fidelity imagery, I often find just as many correlations between audiophiles as I do photophiles. It’s true, we at Part-Time Audiophile pride ourselves on sometimes having the best in-house photography in the American hi-fi press (as evidenced by our show reports). Even our publisher Scot Hull uses a high-end Sony RX1 as his daily shooter. Just as we audiophiles seek attributes like resolution, detail, dynamic range, focus, and color; it’s these same attributes found in the Sony A7C that make photography and camera hunting all equally enjoyable as an auxiliary hobby. Enter the Sony A7C So, when Sony—a company also deeply into high-end audio—announced the Sony A7C and two new lightweight companion products it really peaked our interest. The Sony Alpha 7C is a compact full-frame mirrorless camera body, the FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 is a compact full-frame zoom lens, and the HVL-F28RM is a compact hot-shoe [...]

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McIntosh MC830 Solid State Amplifier and C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

BINGHAMTON, NY (PTA) — McIntosh is on a roll with their retro styled components. Today introducing two new open-chassis designs that are sure to entice. First the MC830 Solid State Amplifier dishes out a remarkable 300 Watts, followed by the C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier which features four 12AX7a vacuum tubes. More info and photos are enclosed below. Enjoy! Press Release Enclosed McIntosh Announces MC830 Solid State Amplifier and C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Matching units feature an open chassis, retro styled industrial design Following in the footsteps of their immensely popular and retro styled MA252 and MA352 Integrated Amplifiers, which took design cues from their timeless MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to introduce two more exciting models with similar styling: the MC830 Solid State Amplifier and C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. Featuring styling reminiscent of their 1950s and 1960s designs, the MC830 and C8 are full of modern day technology to produce an amazing home audio experience. When a pair of MC830s are combined with the C8, they can form the foundation of system that can deliver a lifelike home audio experience. MC830 Solid State Amplifier The [...]

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Zesto Audio Announcing New ESP Supply Upgrade to Three Preamp Models

THOUSAND OAKS, CA (PTA) — Zesto Audio announces a new Energy Source Power Supply upgrade for three upgraded models. The new models with ESP Supply technology are as follows: the Andros II Phonostage which replaces the Andros 1.2, the Leto Ultra II Preamplifier which replaces the Leto Ultra, and the Andros Deluxe II Phonostage replaces the Andros Deluxe. More information enclosed below. Enjoy! Editors’ Note: Zesto Audio is not only George Counnas, it is also his lovely and talented wife Carolyn Counnas who is equal parts business woman and artist in her own right. Together they represent one of the friendliest power-couples in high-end audio, and people worth celebrating (see photo below). Press Release Enclosed Zesto Audio Announcing New ESP Supply Upgrade to Three Preamp Models Zesto Audio is pleased to announce their new product upgrade, the Energy Source Power Supply, named the ESP Supply available on three of their preamplifiers, the Andros II Phonostage, the Andros Deluxe II Phonostage and the Leto Ultra II Preamplifier. George Counnas, President and design engineer of Zesto Audio says, “I named it the ESP Supply because it anticipates the energy needs of the music. This new ESP Supply unlocks the true potential of [...]

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Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition

NORTH READING, MA — It’s been a decade worthy of celebration with the Bowers & Wilkins headphones. Today B&W launch their new PX7 Carbon Edition wireless headphones. Even our ‘wearables‘ contributor Nan Pincus owns a pair of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones. So they must be good. More info enclosed below. Enjoy! Press Release Enclosed Bowers & Wilkins launches special PX7 Carbon Edition wireless headphones to celebrate a decade of headphone success Over the past 12 months, Bowers & Wilkins has enjoyed outstanding success with its flagship PX7 over-ear wireless headphones. These adaptive noise-cancelling designs offer an unmatched combination of breathtaking sound quality, smart features and supreme comfort which together have helped them win countless awards and recommendations around the world. 2020 also marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of Bowers & Wilkins first-ever headphone design, the iconic P5—a breakthrough model that would swiftly redefine customer expectations for build, design and sound quality in the premium performance headphone category. Now it’s time to celebrate that success, with the launch of the PX7 Carbon Edition. Designed to highlight the PX7’s pioneering use of carbon-fiber composite reinforcement in its construction, the new Carbon Edition features a high- quality carbon black [...]

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