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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.

The Occasional Podcast Brian Hunter

    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 84 Ratings

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.

    AXPONA 2024 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    AXPONA 2024 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    Live from Chicago, IL - The cast and crew from PartTimeAudiophile's coverage of AXPONA 2024 weigh in. Held April 12-14 in the Schaumburg Convention Center, this episode reports back on all the showroom highlights and the latest hifi product releases from the largest high fidelity audio event in North America. Best of show, standout gear and plenty of weekend observations. Special thanks to Marc Phillips, Matthew Partrick, Grover and Graig Neville.
    Video coverage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd0NF-pYiZLThKkddrmJylA
    S10E4 Sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    What is the future of digital? Class D, GaN and More! An Interview With Michal Jurewicz of Mytek Reveals All!

    What is the future of digital? Class D, GaN and More! An Interview With Michal Jurewicz of Mytek Reveals All!

    An interview with Michal Jurewicz of Mytek. The founder and designer of Mytek joins the show with a whole host of information on the latest in digital audio, Class-D and GaN updates. The latest in Class D amplification usually involves GaN technologies, and Michal has his own design and spin on the latest option for power that isn't the hot Class A or even AB technologies preferred by audiophiles. His latest product is a Class D monoblock, and he provides a great explaination as to what the current field looks like for this topology that is creeping into HiFi from the mainstream. 
    S10E3 Sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Peter Qvortrup Of Audio Note

    Peter Qvortrup Of Audio Note

    An interview with the founder of Audio Note UK, Peter Qvortrup. Peter shares some of his history and plenty of the audio know-how that he has collected over his very extensive tenure working in HiFi. He brings a fairly unique perspective to some of high end's more well-trodden talking points and offers up his two cents on speaker placement, damping, distorition, spec limits and how we as humans have evolved over time to hear certain things, in specific ways. A really interesting interview with one of high fidelity's more elusive characters.
    S10E2 Sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Florida Audio Expo 2024 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    Florida Audio Expo 2024 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    Our season 10 premiere features the cast and crew from PartTimeAudiophile's coverage of the Florida Audio Expo in Tampa, held February 16-18. This episode reports back on all the showroom highlights and the latest hifi product releases from the Q1 event. Best of show, standout gear and plenty of weekend observations.
    S10E1 Sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    An Audiophile's Buyers Guide 2024

    An Audiophile's Buyers Guide 2024

    Our 2024 Buyer's Guide For Audiophiles. Marc and Brian go over some of the best and brightest audio products reviewed and heard for the upcoming year. Broken out into 12 categories, the buyer's guide provides some insight into the season's best audiophile products along with some general hifi banter and tips for the hobby. See the full guide in written form at PT.Audio.
    Don’t forget to check out our merch for Season 9, a 100% bronze record weight that is really something behold, and to hold.
    S9E15 Sponsors:
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    • 41 min
    Capital Audiofest 2023 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    Capital Audiofest 2023 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

    Coverage and impressions from Captial Audiofest 2023. Marc, Brian, Grover and Graig broadcast live from the DC event for audiophiles. Full impressions, observations on trends and best of show awards. What is the current state of Class D and GaN updates! Are children welcome at audio shows? Also, a list of best practices for any first time show goer.
    This show's event sponsor is Doug White and The Voice That Is. Doug was showcasing the new Tidal Contriva G3 loudspeakers (and Siltech Ruby Crown Cables) in their first US appearance at CAF 2023.
    Check out our amazing Bronze Record Weight merch here: PTA Store
    S9E14 Sponsors:
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

DCNYer ,

Dave McNair interview deserves 5 stars, by itself

The October 13, 2021, interview with mastering engineer and Part Time Audiophile writer Dave McNair is the most eye-opening audiophile interview I've heard. To those who heard this interview, the 2022 MoFi revelations would not have been surprising. Despite being a mastering engineer who appreciates vinyl sound, McNair is open about the the compromises inherent to vinyl mastering, from de-essing (contributing to "warm" sound because high frequencies limited) to the RIAA curve. It's an education.

kshkval ,

Great Podcast… topical, varied, expert, revealing

I’ve listened to several of the podcasts and they’ve all been useful and worthwhile. But the podcast about how records are made gobsmacked me with so much reveal and info I would never have known or suspected. Probably because I’m new to this audiophile shtick. In the first 5 minutes of the pod, I learned that most records are made from digital masters or maybe even not that!😱🤯😤😩🤬 Hold on, you just blew away my preconceived bias pro vinyl and anti digital. That’s harsh, but true! I love it. I have to face up to the fact that I need to know MORE. The only way to do it is to listen to more OP pods, check in on the OP website and PTA services. Thank you so much OP peeps for bringing light where there was darkness!

24VoltFlamingo ,

Loved it!

Great to hear the words of the great modern hi-fi alchemists in a spontaneous, off the cuff stream. hope to hear more soon!

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