Part-Time Audiophile Best of the Year Awards

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  1. LeeS

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  2. Mike from NYC

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    A $95K phono preamp? $300K of wires?

    Damn. I'm sure the pioneers of modern audio from the 1950s are cursing they were born too soon!!!!!!
     
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  3. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    The smartest of inventors always make sure the end products' guaranteed to kick the donors who didn't want to invest, right in the pants pocket!
     
  4. Mike-48

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    I'd have a lot more respect for a set of awards that ruled out $300,000 wires on principle. IMO, such products are for those in whom wealth and insecurity intersect, in abundance.
     
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  5. timztunz

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    What an informative and helpful post. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  6. SquishySounds

    SquishySounds Yo mama so fat Thanos had to snap twice.

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    Imagine what the full-time audiophile can have in his system.
     
  7. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

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    Wow - this thread is like walking thru a cow pasture.o_O
     
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  8. ralf11

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    This is a very informative and helpful post for those who might be shilled into wasting their money.

    While there are some wires in various places that might affect SQ, the fixes are usually inexpensive, and other things (like speakers & room treatments) are MUCH more important.
     
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    (Shhh...Moderators are listening)
     
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  10. cyclistsb

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    Two whole phono cartridges? Both nearly under $1000? They didn't spare a dollar on other gear but once they got to phono gear they decided to go on a budget?
     
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  11. Yeah but the could buy a house for under 15k. :tiphat:
     
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  12. I own and like one item on the list. So I agree with this list.
     
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  13. ralf11

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    which item?
     
  14. Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC. They've got it listed at $849, which is the price of the delta-sigma version of the Gungnir, rather than the $1249 for the multibit version. Their awards list wasn't intentionally inflating prices to impress people.
     
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  15. ralf11

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    I hear it's nearly as good as the Yggy...

    my other guess would have been the LS50 Kef
     
  16. rednedtugent

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    It is all important. Finally getting the right combo is a witch. :ignore:

     
  17. LeeS

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    Hey Mike, we cover everything. $95K is crazy for sure but some can afford it. Why not see what the ultimate can do?

    As for the $300K cables, John was just mentioning the upper most end of the Nordost but he also referenced their far more affordable stuff. I give an award to a $500 pair of interconnects from Black Cat which several members here use. So there is much affordable gear on the list across the categories.
     
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  18. LeeS

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    Hmm, I differ on this one. Really good cables in my recent experience act as a new component in terms of improvement they offer. The "fixes" often involve filters, grounding, etc. and are expensive.
     
  19. sirmikael

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    I'm not here to complain about the prices of the gear intended for part-time audiophiles. But damn, I wish I could even be considered a seasonal employment audiophile! :)
     
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  20. Bill Hart

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    I like the Part-Time Audiophile. I quit reading the audio magazines several years ago, and run across reviews only when I'm searching the Net for information or someone links to a site. I've enjoyed reading the reviews I've seen on the Part-Time Audiophile.
    "Best of" and "expensive" are not mutually exclusive. They did mention some very cost effective components in their "list," one being the Border Patrol DAC (which I don't own), which is a non-oversampling, no digital filter, tube power supply device that I'd like to get in here to listen to, despite my vinyl orientation.
    A lot of the top tier hi-fi gear is crazy money today-- but the challenge isn't even the money- some of the equipment is flavor of the month and fades into obscurity, or is outright dismissed by the "next great thing." To me, the trick, at almost any price point, is to buy something enduring. Think about the vintage stuff that people still seek out 50 or 60 years after it was made. Hard to predict (and I'm not suggesting anyone should buy this stuff as an investment), but money well spent on a serious piece of gear can get you off the treadmill of upgrades, which are, over the long haul, expensive when you add it all up.
     
  21. LeeS

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    This sounds like unnecessary class warfare. I prefer to think of wealthy audiophiles stretching their budgets to find out what the upper level of performance is.

    I suppose you would find the Wilson WAMM Chronosonics objectionable at $685K plus $100K for the subwoofer towers. I wondered too why they cost so much until I heard them and saw how they were built at the factory. They created such realistic sound, it was unlike any I had heard before. I am currently writing about the experience.

    I am very happy that Wilson Audio's business success allowed Dave Wilson to build his finest possible speaker for the billionaire or centi-millionaire class. Dave and Daryl took their knowledge from the Chronosonic and used it to build the Alexia 1 and upgrade the Alexia 2. So far less wealthy are benefitting.

    You know its funny, I go to car shows and I never see Subaru WRX drivers pop up at Porsche displays and disparage the cost of a new 911. In audio, if you buy a cable that costs more than a monoprice, it is treated as an affront. The difference is that some of the Subaru drivers may have driven a Porsche 911. The monoprice guys almost never have experienced the equivalent. :)
     
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  22. ralf11

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    I doubt that wealthy audiophiles are buying those cables; instead, they are likely bought by some newly uber-rich non-audiophile person who just says "I'm building a new mansion - put the best sound system in it." to his architect.

    A real audiophile would build a new listening room that is like a concert hall

    There is nothing wrong with aspirational hifi or cars either. Just make sure you aren't dancing backwards
     
  23. missan

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    It's a relief there are components for everyone, and every taste.
     
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  24. Joe Spivey

    Joe Spivey Your friendly neighborhood Spivey-Man

    I took the plunge on the Border Patrol DAC SE earlier this year and I'm very impressed and happy with the purchase. The gleaming reviews from the PT crew was a deciding factor. Cheers and Happy Holidays!
     
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  25. LeeS

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    If you talk to audiophiles at audio shows, they do buy expensive cables. They view it as another component because the more you spend, the more resolution you get and you start to hear the differences in cables, line conditioners, and even power outlets.

    The good news is that this is also a Golden Age of affordable audio. The affordable stuff is so much better right now than when I jumped in in 1989.
     

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