55 episodes

Michael O'Neal and his co-hosts bridge the gap between the clueless big box stores and the snobby stereo shops. Every show is filled with gear reviews, commentary, and interviews aimed to find out what makes a real world difference in your listening experience, how to get the most bang for your buck, and frankly, how to begin experiencing your music in the way it was intended.

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    • 4.4 • 154 Ratings

Michael O'Neal and his co-hosts bridge the gap between the clueless big box stores and the snobby stereo shops. Every show is filled with gear reviews, commentary, and interviews aimed to find out what makes a real world difference in your listening experience, how to get the most bang for your buck, and frankly, how to begin experiencing your music in the way it was intended.

    54: What's More Important, The Set Up or The Gear? With David Solomon of Qobuz

    54: What's More Important, The Set Up or The Gear? With David Solomon of Qobuz

    HEY! We're back!  David Solomon of http://qobuz.com and I sit down in the lobby of the Hilton hotel Long Beach, where T.H.E. Show 2021 was taking place.  We talked about how Covid affected (and still affects) the industry, as well as the importance of setup vs. gear.  

    • 1 hr 7 min
    53: How Do We Audition Gear Moving Forward? | GoldenEar Triton 2+ Review and More!

    53: How Do We Audition Gear Moving Forward? | GoldenEar Triton 2+ Review and More!

    The return of Patrick Norton, who's moved himself out to St. Louis from Oakland CA, and a review of the GoldenEar Triton 2+ and the JDS Labs Atom AMP and DAC.
     
    Book reco: DIY Acoustic Panels: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers

    • 51 min
    52: Dr. Paul Returns! | Parasound Halo Hint 6 Review | BMW Audio Upgrades

    52: Dr. Paul Returns! | Parasound Halo Hint 6 Review | BMW Audio Upgrades

    Dr. Paul Anderson is back in the house, chatting about his most recent iteration of his system, which includes the Dali Oberon 1, a MUCH cheaper DAC than his $7k Aesthetix, and more!  We review the Parasound Halo Hint6 and the BAVSound Upgrade for your BMW, Mini, or Supra. 

    • 40 min
    51: How To Introduce Your Friends to Hifi | Jabra Elite 75t Review

    51: How To Introduce Your Friends to Hifi | Jabra Elite 75t Review

    It's an amazing thing to be able to "re-introduce" our friends to music again.  Think about this: In a sea of Spotify, mp3's, and bluetooth, Some people under the age of 35 LITERALLY may have NEVER heard their music the way it was recorded.  You have the chance to see their face light up when they feel the energy and passion the artist intended when they recorded it.  That's what this episode is about.
    I also discuss the Jabra Elite 75t and determine whether it's the best true wireless earbud on the market today. 
    Keep listening to good music! 

    • 34 min
    50: Setting Up A New Listening Room From Scratch | KEF LS50 Wireless vs. Passive | Getting Scammed with Used Gear

    50: Setting Up A New Listening Room From Scratch | KEF LS50 Wireless vs. Passive | Getting Scammed with Used Gear

    On today's episode I tell a story of how I (almost) got scammed buying a pair of KEF LS50's, used, how I'm setting up a new listening room from scratch, and did a bake-off of the LS50 Passive vs. Wireless.

    • 48 min
    49: Are Headphones Required Now? | HELM Audio Founder Eric Johnson Interview | Long Beach System Breakdown

    49: Are Headphones Required Now? | HELM Audio Founder Eric Johnson Interview | Long Beach System Breakdown

    On today's ep. I chat about my new Long Beach House, and break down the system. (Check out http://instagram.com/beginneraudiophile for pics) Then I get into why headphones have gotten so important over the last couple of months.  Finally, I chat with Eric Johnson, founder of HELM audio, about their new program for first responders. 

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

Bugsnest ,

Mark Cerasulo

The Cerasulo episode was amazing. Between him and hearing the Nelson Pass interviews that Steve Gutenberg put out on YouTube, I have nothing but admiration for these enthusiasts who have made hi-fi audio their life’s pursuit! Way to go!!

crime jerky ,

Wah wah wah

This guy is just complaining about not getting gear to test and calls out Elac for not responding to him. Cmon dude so unprofessional and I’m sure Elac has better things to do than cater to you and your 50 listeners. Gave it a try not for me but if you want to spend an hour listening to how a guy managed to set up two speakers and love drinking that KEF coolaid this is the show for you.

TheBigKurt ,

Pick 5 random episodes to listen to

There have been 5 episodes in 2020. The year where the entire country is on lockdown we get 5 episodes. The latest one we wait 2 months to get and then have to hear about setting up a listening room and the master set yet again!
Here’s the Cliff Notes;
Buy Elac speakers and SVS subs. Whatever you do don’t buy AirPods. And as far as your components buy the most expensive stuff you can find. If your receiver or amp isn’t approaching a g then you’re not spending enough.

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