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Join us in an audio-centric exploration of high fidelity listening. Gear talk, recommendations, interviews and plenty of interesting insights into high-end and personal audio, manufacturing and the people that make up the pastime.

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Join us in an audio-centric exploration of high fidelity listening. Gear talk, recommendations, interviews and plenty of interesting insights into high-end and personal audio, manufacturing and the people that make up the pastime.

    Marc Returns! Tales From An Audiophile Abroad

    Marc Returns! Tales From An Audiophile Abroad

    An interview with PTA's Marc Phillips upon his return from Denmark. Marc joins the show to recap his trip to see a few Danish hifi manufacturers. Fresh from the audio show in Munich, Marc heads back out to Europe to follow up with a few high end brands that caught his eye at the international show including Borrenson, Aavik and Ansuz from the Audio Group Denmark and also Dali Speakers. We also drop the latest audiophile news including new product releases and upcoming events for fall.
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    • 49 min
    Pacific Audio Fest 2022 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    Pacific Audio Fest 2022 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    Marc Phillips joins the show to give his impressions of all the audio gear that was on display at Pacific Audio Fest 2022 in Seattle. This episode covers all the highlights in high fidelity and Marc's overall vibe from the debut of the West Coast's newest audio event.  Best of show, standout gear and new product releases. 
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    • 54 min
    The 300b Amplifier Tube - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

    The 300b Amplifier Tube - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

    A tribute to the 300b amplifier tube with Gary Dews of Border Patrol Audio Electronics. Why is the 300b so common in audiophile tube amplifier designs? What about the 300b makes it unique amoung the many options available to amp makers? In this episode, we explore everything you would ever want to know about this direct heated triode, including usage, benefits, drawbacks and the current state of pricing and supply.
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    • 37 min
    Michael Fremer of The Absolute Sound, Stereophile and TrackingAngle

    Michael Fremer of The Absolute Sound, Stereophile and TrackingAngle

    An interview with the legendary voice of analog hifi, Michael Fremer. Michael joins the show to chat about his long, tenured history reviewing audio products. Along with his 40+ years of expierence with turntables, Michael has worked as a writer in Hollywood, a DJ for radio, a stand up comedian and YouTube personality. You can follow his newest projects starting soon at www.trackingangle.com. 
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    • 57 min
    Is Class D Amplification Coming Into Its Own?

    Is Class D Amplification Coming Into Its Own?

    Interview with Jon Derda Of Mofi Electronics. In this week's episode we expore the current state of Class D amplification. Historically, the amplifier topology has had a rocky past with the audiophile mainstream, but have current technological advances changed the way we look at this catagory? Jon joins us to help explain the current state of things, new technologies like Gallium Nitride (GaN) and what the future might hold for hifi and class D.
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    • 41 min
    High End Munich 2022 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    High End Munich 2022 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    Marc Phillips joins the show to give his impressions of all the audio gear that was on display at High End Munich 2022. We cover all the highlights from one of the world's biggest high fidelity audio shows held in Germany. Best of show, standout gear and new product releases. 
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    • 40 min

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