37: Interview with an Audiophile, with Matt Rockwell

37: Interview with an Audiophile, with Matt Rockwell

Today, 30 year audiophile (and one of the two guys that got me into the hobby) Matt Rockwell and I sit down for a chat in his house in Boulder.  When I met Matt, he had a $300k+ system.  Now, a few years later, he’s “pared it down” to a simple $36k system.  I know that sounds like a lot, but this was a fascinating conversation about audio, art, gear, and the true essence of the hobby.

Note…Matt speaks quite softly, so I’ve done my best with the audio.

Here’s Matt’s current system:

Speakers: Green Mountian Audio http://greenmountainaudio.com/eos-hd/

Subwoofer: Rel https://rel.net/shop/powered-subwoofers/serie-ti/t9i/

Integrated Amp: Jeff Rowland https://www.jeffrowlandgroup.com/continuum-s2/

DAC: http: Aesthetix Pandora with Signature Upgrade //aesthetix.net/digital.php
Digital Source: Custom Ubuntu 18.04 Linux, Real-Time Kernel.  Running Roon/Tidal and JRiver Media Player
Headphones: Speaker Man – Ether : https://www.mrspeakers.com/headphones-22/ether.html
Interconnects (RCA and XLR: Audo Magic Liquid-Air : https://www.audio-magic.com/files/128166265.pdf
Today’s Sponsor:
This episode is sponsored by SVS.  SVS makes some of the best bang for the buck in high-end audio.  Check them out at http://svsound.com
35: 2019 Audiophile Gear “Bargains”

35: 2019 Audiophile Gear “Bargains”

Today Dr. Paul Anderson and I go through the best “bargains”  (in quotes because some are quite pricey…but still relative bargains to the competition) in audio in 2019.  Please pardon my cough…I was nursing a bit of bronchitis on this episode!

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34: Setting Up A New Room | The Great DAC Bakeoff | Listener Questions

34: Setting Up A New Room | The Great DAC Bakeoff | Listener Questions

Dr. Paul Anderson is back on the show!  We are setting up his new place in LA, and spent many hours dialing in the room.  We chat about what it takes to set up a new room, in terms of speaker placement, what to listen for, etc.  We had some really surprising results, especially with subwoofer setup and what it did to Paul’s Harbreth monitors.

Then, we listened to a number of different DAC’s (digital audio converters) and the results were also REALLY surprising!  Everything matters…

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33: Andrew Jones from ELAC | NAMM Rundown | Sennheiser Momentum

33: Andrew Jones from ELAC | NAMM Rundown | Sennheiser Momentum

Howdy! On this episode, we pin down Andrew Jones from Elac for a juicy interview on his philosophy behind creating speakers, and lots more.  Michael gives the rundown on NAMM, the North American Music Merchants show.  Those are the people that MAKE the music we listen to.

We have a brand new Youtube channel!  Click here to Subscribe and check out the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds Unboxing! 

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