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McGary Audio SA-1E Amplifier | REVIEW

The story of the McGary Audio SA-1E power amplifier starts with a somewhat chance meeting. Knowing of my obsession with all things vinyl, Mark Sossa of Well Pleased AV informed me that I should meet [...]

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Qln Prestige Five Loudspeaker | REVIEW

Qln Prestige Five: They’ve Done It Again As I listened to the latest offering from the Swedish speaker manufacturer—the Qln Prestige Five, or P5 for short—I struggled a bit thinking about how to describe their [...]

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Acora Acoustics, The Audio Company and Sweet Melissa Records | On The Road

[Editor’s Note: While brainstorming how to best tell the story of our road trip to The Audio Company, Dave and I (Eric Franklin Shook) considered drilling down into the specific sound of each room, but instead [...]

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Acoustic Signature Typhoon NEO turntable and TA-5000 tonearm | REVIEW

Does anyone really NEED a $34,000 turntable/arm/cartridge setup like the Acoustic Signature Typhoon NEO, TA-5000 and Acoustical Systems Palladium? Well, of course not! Okay, let me qualify and rephrase that. If someone is a serious [...]

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How Recordings Are Produced, and What It Means to Your Hi-Fi | The Ivory Tower

Reality Is Overrated When It Comes to Recordings In my never-ending mental obsession with the conceptual side of music recording and playback, I started thinking about what makes hi-fi components sound different and what that [...]

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Michael Finnigan, American Keyboardist and Hammond B3 Virtuoso, Passes at 76

LOS ANGELES — Michael Finnigan, an American keyboard player and vocalist, known especially for playing the iconic Hammond B3 organ, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. Finnigan [...]

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Audio Hungary Qualiton X200 Integrated | REVIEW

Last year I reviewed the Audio Hungary (website) Qualiton APX-200 power amp (review linked here), which was 100 watts per channel of pure vacuum tube goodness. It was, and still is, a tremendous sounding power [...]

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The Best of The Month | July 2021

July of 2021—was indeed a hell of a month, if not the best July in years, for Part-Time Audiophile. Many cool things have happened in the last month at PTA. Some of them are new [...]

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Qln Prestige One Loudspeakers | REVIEW

At last, the new Qln Prestige One monitors have arrived. The last time I heard a pair of Qln speakers was probably at an audio show close to a couple of years ago, undoubtedly matched [...]

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Audio by Van Alstine DVA M225 Monoblock Amplifiers | REVIEW

I’m not gonna tease any of the readers by making them wait (or skip to my conclusion), so I’ll say right up front: OH. MY. LAWD.™ I was in audiophile heaven from the minute I [...]

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