August 2014 archive

Pono Listening Party – the Video!

Pono has posted a 40-minute promotional video of the August 1st Pono party. By RSVP’ing to the event, I understood that I was giving them my consent to use these images or video recordings, yeah. And I’d like to go on record again as stating that I hate the fuckin’ Eagles, man. First PonoMusic Listening …

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California Audio Show: Elite Audio, Audeze, and SPL

San Francisco retailer Elite Audio was offering attendees a full Audeze servicing at the California Audio Show yesterday. All four headphone models were hooked up to high-end amps and source devices. My favorite pairing was the LCD-X ($1699) with the German-made SPL Phonitor 2 ($1899) playing CDs from a older Meridian unit. I was, of …

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California Audio Show: Acoustic Zen and Questyle

One of the most interesting rooms at California Audio Show was more than ably hosted by Acoustic Zen’s Robert Lee. He was showing off AZ’s new towering (67 inches high, 225 lbs) Maestro speakers ($43,000) with the T2/R200 5G wireless transmitter/amplification system by Questyle ($2400). The latter’s tiny monoblock receiver/DAC/amp modules put forth 200 watts …

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Pono Listening Party, San Francisco, 8/1/14 – Part Two

In part two I write about how Pono sounds without headphones, and ponder the short- and long-term possibilities of Neil Young’s new high-resolution portable playback device. Thanks, as always, to Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile for making room for my contributions.

Pono Listening Party, San Francisco, 8/1/14 – Part One

My first-hand first impressions of Neil Young’s Pono hardware were posted today on Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile. Part two is soon to follow.