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A Beginner’s Guide To Buying A Turntable (And Records!)

Even if you are a seasoned veteran of analog listening and learned everything you need to know about the subject back in the 60s, this week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast has something for you. Joined by Jonathan Derda of MoFi, Episode 8 of Season 4 holds enough information on the subject of vinyl to fill the memory banks of several TI-85 graphing calculators. This guide to turntable knowledge offers some really interesting insights for any vinyl lover. If you are new to the hobby, or are thinking about getting into record collecting – we have something really special for you. Follow the link here or check out the embed at the bottom of this post for a full rundown of everything you need to know to join the growing throngs of analog enthusiasts. It is perhaps on the biggest growing sectors in all of audiophillia, and for good reason. In our increasingly digital and virtual world, few things give you the substantial and tactile feedback as pulling back the sleeve on your favorite album and carefully dropping the needle into the groove. Apply heavy doses of cover artwork in sizes that look like actual art, and you have a [...]

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Marantz Sits Down With PTA, Behind The Scenes Of Vinyl Nation

This week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast is a serious double header. Not only do we have an interview with the directors of the the documentary Vinyl Nation, but we also sit down with the president of Marantz AND their Technical Director to give a full look at the company’s new direction. Marantz has recently taken up a different exterior look with the recent launch of a new product line and the team from Marantz virtually stops by the TOP offices to throw down what’s up with the company and the new direction they are taking with their products. While audiophile movies are few and far between, a recent documentary film takes a closer look at record collecting and its rapid growth of the past 10 years. Vinyl Nation creators Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone pulled some interesting subjects for the release of this informative piece on the recent adoption of spinning platters and their physical medium counterparts. There is likely more than a few surprises to be found for your average audiophile, you can stream the movie from virtual storefronts at the film’s record store and arthouse movie theaters at the Vinyl Nation website. A portion of the documentary’s [...]

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An Interview With Mats Andersen Of QLN Audio

This week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast features a hearty does of education on two way speaker design. QLN Audio recently released an interesting two way configuration, found both in the likely standmount size Signature 3 but also in the floor stander Prestige 3. Mats Andersen is the designer behind the current lineup of Swedish loudspeakers from the company, and offers a peek into some of the thinking that takes place when considering the construction elements. Long is the list of things audiophiles like to debate, but two way vs three way in compact spaces isn’t exactly one that has flown under the radar. There are several unique constraints to consider, especially when it comes to bass reach, response and mid tone muddling.  You can find PTA’s review of the QLN Audio Prestige 3 here, and Audio-Head’s take on the Signature 3 here. Season four is in full swing for The Occasional Podcast, also available for download is last month’s podcast interview with MBL, The Occasional Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio and our take on the “Loudness Wars” which has been a highlight for the summer. Season three was a memorable one, seeing interviews with such audio legends as Jeff Joseph, Bill [...]

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A Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio

The simplest path to destination isn’t always the best, in digital audio and in life. Summer road trips amidst a pandemic drive the idea home. Sure, you can wake up from a mid flight nap to catch a glimpse of the Rockies as you soar overhead, but anyone who has made the trip through Utah to Colorado knows that there is so much more to see from the 80 MPH speed limits of I-70. Likewise, you can buy an Amazon speaker for your kitchen and call it digital audio playback. Audiophile’s might offer another trail to blaze. Intentionally seeking out the extra trouble of carefully selecting separate components, match making and fine tuning the chain. In this week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast, we process that path for the uninitiated. From easy starting points to bigger aspirations and larger budgets, we talk our way through the maze 1s and 0s that is the delight and convenience of streaming and file-based sources. Season four is in full swing for The Occasional Podcast, also available for download is last month’s podcast interview with MBL and don’t forget our take on the “Loudness Wars” which has been a highlight for the summer. Season [...]

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TOP QNA With Digital Guru Rob Watts

It took some time to nail down an interview with Rob Watts, but at a recent audio show it all finally came together. I had seen a few presentations from the amicable Mr. Watts in his role at Chord Electronics. Since joining the team of the UK-based company product launches have started to sizzle, with solid successes starting in digital products and extending down into portable options with the headphone darling Chord Mojo and Poly. During the interview it becomes quickly apparent that his knowledge of audio runs deep, not only in the digital domain but across all technical proficiencies associated with the hobby. But what is really interesting is his deliberate balance between listening and its impact on design. Rob Watts a fan, and one that is looking to create the best possible sound – at whatever price point he is working with. Our show this week with Rob Watts continues the march into season 4. Season three was a memorable one, seeing interviews with such audio legends as Jeff Joseph, Bill Dudleston and most recently Nelson Pass. We have some even bigger surprises in store for our listeners coming up, along with some pretty insightful explorations and discovery into [...]

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Technics Introduces the New SL-1210GAE Turntable | Announcement

Back in the days when Technics SL-1200 turntables ruled the earth, you had a choice when it came to colors. The classic Technics SL-1200 turntables came in gunmetal and chrome and looked as durable and reliable as, well, they actually were. The Technics SL-1210 and SL-1210 mk 2 were basically 1200s gussied up in black and gold. Even though the differences between the original 1200 and the 1210 were supposed to be primarily cosmetic, I’ve heard from a least a few Technics users that the 1210 does, in fact, sound just a wee better. After the introduction of the stunning Technics SL-1200GAE in 2016, and the 1200G turntable I currently use as a reference, it seems entirely predictable to assume a Technics SL-1210GAE would be on the horizon. And here it is, the new Technics SL-1210GAE turntable–limited edition, of course, and only 1000 will be made. If you’re thinking about buying the Technics SL-1200G after my reading my glowing review of it in The Occasional, consider the new 1210 instead. It’s coming out for $3999, the same price of the SL-1200G, and its value will go way up over the years. Here are the press releases for the Technics SL-1210GAE [...]

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Albert Von Schweikert (1945-2020) | Announcements

The following obituary for legendary speaker designer Albert Von Schweikert came from Greg Weaver. The staff at Part-Time Audiophile, The Occasional Magazine and The Occasional Podcast extend our love to all Von Schweikert family and friends. Albert Von Schweikert – March 13, 1945 – May 29, 2020 Founder and Chief Designer: Von Schweikert Research/Von Schweikert Audio Though born in South America in 1945 to a US military officer and the daughter of one of the principal engineers of the Panama Canal, Albert Von Schweikert  and his family moved to Heidelberg, Germany while he was still quite young. Living in Europe until he was 16, Von Schweikert studied violin and piano at the Conservatory of the University of Heidelberg, a pursuit which he hated at the time. Looking back as an adult, he acknowledges that it was this invaluable experience that had helped shape his love of all forms of music. He switched from violin to guitar at the age of twelve, and by thirteen he was building hi-fi kits from Eico and playing a Silvertone electric guitar in a rockabilly band gigging at the USO Military Club in Heidelberg. After moving to the US in 1962, Von Schweikert joined the [...]

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What Is Mastering? | The Occasional Podcast

Have you ever wondered what the heck Mastering is? I mean, we have tons of “Remasters” available for purchase, but what does that really mean? PTA contributor Dave McNair leads us though the maze of music production and into the final steps of music mastering in this week’s show of The Occasional Podcast. In this episode of The Occasional Podcast we seek to answer all these burning questions and more thanks to Dave’s main gig as a mastering engineer and Grover Neville who also produces and masters. The interview touches on everything from client services to EQ to the evolution of the role over time. Like most of music production, things have really changed with the advent of digital and other advances in recording technologies. The duo also discusses some of the nuances in remastered albums, and sometimes why every remaster isn’t always better the previous version. Our show this week also marks the end of season 3 of TOP and beginning of season 4. Season three was a memorable one, seeing interviews with such audio legends as Dan D’Agostino, Jeff Joseph, Sonus Faber and most recently Nelson Pass. We have some even bigger surprises in store for our listeners coming [...]

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