30: Talking Roon with Dipin Sehdev from Roon Labs

Roon.  What is it?  Do you need it? The best way I can describe Roon is that it's a simplifier. We have all of these disparate music sources and end points in our house, and Roon talks to them all, and puts them into one cohesive system.  Today we chat with Dipin...

20: CES Wrap-Up Part 1, with Patrick Norton

Episode 22 of Beginner Audiophile is jam packed! Patrick Norton Co-Hosts this one with Michael O'Neal.  We talk about the reality vs. myth of amps vs. watts in amplifiers, dig into reviews of the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless and the Hive Home Security System, answer...

BONUS: A Recent Historical Primer of the Audiophile

Today's episode is an excerpt from a fantastic New Yorker article entitled "Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year's Shopping Guide" written by David Denby. (Click here to read the entire article) It does such a great job explaining what an audiophile is, the...

8: Speaker Placement 101

No matter how high end your speakers are, you've got to put them in the right place to maximize the sound. The old adage says "a cheaper, well placed pair of speakers will sound better than a more expensive, poorly placed set.   In this solo episode, Michael breaks...

7: Do Speaker Cables REALLY Matter??

On today's Beginner Audiophile, we "bake off" 4 different speaker cables from Monster, Blue Jeans, Analysis Plus, and Monoprice to see if A: if we can hear any difference, and B: if the difference is palpable enough for us to make a buying decision. We also give an...

5: When Things Go Terribly Wrong…

...or at least, when things don't go the way you expect them to. Today's episode is about patience.  I received a piece of gear that I couldn't get to connect to the interwebs, and Paul and I fiddled for hours with the Oppo Sonica DAC until we got files loaded from...