21: Gear, Gear, and More Gear.  CES Wrapup Part II, with Harris Fogel

21: Gear, Gear, and More Gear. CES Wrapup Part II, with Harris Fogel

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

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 a few listener questions, and announce the winner of the 1moreusa.com triple driver earbuds!!

 

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BONUS: A Recent Historical Primer of the Audiophile

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 recent history of audiophile music and recordings, and the “state of the union” of audiophilia in 2018, that I wrote him and asked for special permission to read an excerpt of the article on the show.

Please connect with David Denby at http://www.david-denby.com/

Episode artwork background image by Janne Iivonen

19: The Vinyl Revival, and Killer Systems You Can Afford

19: The Vinyl Revival, and Killer Systems You Can Afford

On today’s show we chat with Matthew from Vinyl Revival in Melbourne Australia.  We had a great convo about the renaissance of “good” audio, getting huge bang for the buck out of your turntable, and his choices for systems costing $1000, $2500, and $5000!

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18: Beginner Audiophile Returns!  New York Audio Show Breakdown & Listener Q&A!

18: Beginner Audiophile Returns! New York Audio Show Breakdown & Listener Q&A!

Fellow audio nerds!  We’re back.  After a long (inadvertent) haitus, BA is back.  Michael gives a breakdown of how audio works based on a great analogy by Steve Guttenberg, then digs into a bunch of your questions.  Then, Harris pops in with a breakdown of the NY Audio Show!  Enjoy!

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17: Everything You Want to Know About Subwoofers, But Were Afraid To Ask

17: Everything You Want to Know About Subwoofers, But Were Afraid To Ask

Ahhhhhh….subwoofers.

That “Punch you in the chest” feeling when your favorite song really moves you.

Although subwoofers are easy to plug in and turn up loud, that doesn’t give us a true audiophile experience.

We want to feel it…but only if it’s being called upon.  So, in this episode, President and Managing Partner of SVS Sound Gary Yacoubian and Marketing Director Nicholas Brown sit down at the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival and shower their knowledge upon us!

We dig into tons of topics, including:

  • The “Subwoofer Crawl”
  • How to integrate a sub into a 2 channel and multichannel system
  • How to set up multiple subs in one room
  • Is EQ necessary?
  • How much movement makes a difference in the sound
  • How SVS can help you tune your system
  • Tons and tons and tons more.

GREAT PLAYLIST(S)

Consistently at these shows, David Solomon from Peachtree Audio and Andrew Jones from Elac are fabulous demo-music-pickers to make their gear sound great.  I conned David into sharing his Tidal playlists with us, so you can hear how great your system sounds with great music.

To play, you should be able to click the link and Tidal will open.  Then “favorite” or “add to playlist” or “create playlist”.  You need to be logged in for it to work.

Dave’s Faves  (Click title for direct link) 


Dave’s Fave’s II (Click title for direct link)