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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
    • 4.8 • 78 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.

    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
    Focal Naim And Bes Nievera Of Music Direct

    Focal Naim And Bes Nievera Of Music Direct

    Interview with Romain Vet, VP Marketing Focal Naim America and Bes Nievera, Brand Ambessedor from Music Direct. This episode is a bit of a double header. We follow up with Naim-Focal to see what is going on in the big corperate world of high fidelity audio. The France-based multi-brand has taken some new leaps into fresh product catagories as of late. We also check in with Bes Nievera, an industry vetran with more than 40 years of sales, support and brand represetation in the audiophile realm. Bes shares some great stories, tips, and tricks from his long walk on the shores of hifi. 
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    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

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!

Sampras270 ,

Get a new host

I love listening to hi-fi talk and really enjoy the people that he has interviewed. I just barely can’t stand listening to it because of the host, he sounds like he’s half buzzed and just has some of the stupidest, repetitive questions that get asked in all these interviews. Have some fresh ideas and mix it up a bit.

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