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The Occasional Podcast

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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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Sean Casey Of Zu Audio Returns Plus Bart Andeer Of The Florida Audio Expo

November 26th, 2022

1:47:44

Interview with Sean Casey of Zu Audio and Bart Andeer Of The Florida HiFi Show (Florida International Audio Expo). This week's double header features the proprieter of the Florida Audio Show, plus the return of Sean …

Capital Audiofest 2022 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

November 19th, 2022

52:32

Eric, Grover, Dave and Jameson from the PartTimeAudiophile.com writing staff join The Occasional Podcast to give thier impressions of all the audio gear that was on display at Capital Audiofest 2022 in DC. This episode …

Andrew Jones Talks! The New MoFi Electronics Source Point 10 Loudspeaker

November 10th, 2022

1:39:00

Interview with Andrew Jones of Mofi Electronics. We visit Andrew Jones' (ELAC/KEF/Pionneer) design office in Beverly Hills to get an exclusive first look at his new Source Point 10 concentric loudspeaker, the first …

What Happened To Crazy Eddie's HiFi? An Occasional Halloween Special

October 25th, 2022

30:34

An Occasional Podcast Halloween special. What ever happened to Crazy Eddie's chain of electronics stores? In this episode, we explore the rise, fraud and fallout of one of the biggest retail scams that just kept getting …

Speaker Cabinets - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know with Andrew Jones of MoFi/KEF/ELAC/Pioneer

October 10th, 2022

47:07

Interview with legendary speaker designer Andrew Jones of MoFi Electronics. Andrew joins the podcast again to do a deep dive into the design elements of speaker cabinets. His history creating speakers spans the years …

6 Highly Anticipated Product Launches You Might Have Missed This Week

September 27th, 2022

47:25

Brian Hunter covers the large swath of high fidelity product launches that hit the market this week in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. …

Marc Returns! Tales From An Audiophile Abroad

September 15th, 2022

49:45

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 …

Pacific Audio Fest 2022 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

August 10th, 2022

54:47

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 300b Amplifier Tube - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

July 13th, 2022

37:02

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 …

Michael Fremer of The Absolute Sound, Stereophile and TrackingAngle

July 6th, 2022

57:05

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, …

Is Class D Amplification Coming Into Its Own?

June 13th, 2022

41:20

Interview with Jon Derda Of Mofi Electronics. In this week's episode we expore the current state of Class D amplification. Historically, the …

High End Munich 2022 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

May 30th, 2022

40:47

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 …

Focal Naim And Bes Nievera Of Music Direct

May 25th, 2022

1:27:41

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 …

Andrew Jones Of MoFi Electronics

May 10th, 2022

41:41

Andrew Jones (speaker designer, Pioneer/KEF/TAD) joins the podcast again to talk about the "why" of his recent move from ELAC to MoFi Electronics. Recorded live from AXPONA 2022 in Chicago, Andrew elaborates on his …

AXPONA 2022 - HiFi Highlights And Best Of Show

April 28th, 2022

50:22

Greg Neville And Marc Phillips join the show to give their impressions of all the audio gear that was on display at Chicago's AXPONA 2022. Recorded live April 22-24 from the audio show, we cover all the highlights from …

Mark Schneider Of Linear Tube Audio Plus New Product News!

April 19th, 2022

42:15

Interview with Mark Schneider of LTA. Mark joins the show this week to disuss his unique brand of tube amplifiers based around the designs of David Berning. Also, new product roundup for the upcoming AXPONA audio show …

Damon Von Schweikert Of Von Schweikert Audio Returns!

April 14th, 2022

1:42:07

Interview with Damon Von Schweikert Of VSA. The CEO of one of high-end's most prolific speaker brands sits down with us to discuss a lifelong …

Are We Heading Towards A Tube Shortage?

April 4th, 2022

49:35
A discussion about the current state of the world's tube supply. Is there going to be a major issue getting replacement tubes for hifi amplifiers and production gear? Brian Hunter and Marc Phillips from PTA Productions …

The Anatomy Of An Amplifier With Jason Stoddard Of Schiit Audio

January 25th, 2022

57:28

Amplifier designer Jason Stoddard takes us through the signal path of an amplifer. Jason talks us across all the elements and parts of amplifier design, starting with the analog signal and ending with speaker or …

Naim Audio (Further Explorations In British HiFi, Part 3)

January 11th, 2022

1:02:47

An interview with Steve Sells, Technical Director, Electronics at Naim Audio. As part 3 of our exploration into British HiFi (What is British Hifi?, History Of The LS3/5a) we sit down with Steve from Naim Audio to …

Product Of The Season Awards! The Best Of Season 6

December 29th, 2021

47:33

Our favorite products from Season 6. The Occasional Podcast end of the year awards the best audio/hifi products we have heard. With the help of the PartTimeAudiophile writing staff, we wrap up 2021 in style with gear …

The History And Continuing Legacy Of The LS3/5a Loudspeaker (Further Explorations Into British HiFi)

December 5th, 2021

53:31

Everything you ever wanted to know about the BBC's LS3/5a loudspeaker. As a follow up to our podcast "What Is British HiFi?" Marc and Brian interview …

Wireless Audio Revisited

November 9th, 2021

54:28

A beginner's guide to wireless audio - tips, tricks and high fidelity options. Audio with little-to-no wires is a growing category, even among audiophiles. While some connections like bluetooth are lossy, there are an …

Axel Grell (Designer of the Sennheiser HD 600/650/800)

October 25th, 2021

49:12

Interview with Axel Grell - the designer of legendary headphones from Sennheiser, including the HD 600/650, HD 800 and Orpheus headphone system. Axel sits down with us to chat about all things headphones, including the …

How Records Are Made (Vinyl Production And Mastering Explained)

October 13th, 2021

46:03

How vinyl records are mastered and produced. Vinyl pressings are a complicated thing to create. It is a much more intricate process compared the simplicity of the digital copy that has come to dominate the market …

A Guide To Tube Amplifiers

September 29th, 2021

39:23

Tube amplifiers, tube topologies explained! This episode is our guide to tube amplifiers, and features deep dive interviews with Gary Dews of Border …

What Are Meta Materials? Do Expensive Cables Matter?

September 8th, 2021

1:28:51

How are meta materials being used in audio? Plus, we talk about if/how expensive cables can make a difference in audio systems. Dan Clark of Dan Clark Audio joins us to discuss and explain meta materials use in hifi. …

A View From The Booth: Reference Systems Vs. Colorations, Accuracy & Why Audiophiles Love Jazz So Much

August 16th, 2021

52:58

An audiophile conversation though the lens of production. Mastering engineer Dave McNair and producer Grover Neville cover off on a variety of …

Product Of The Season Awards! Plus Our Visit to Van Halen's 5150 Studios

June 7th, 2021

56:56

Our favorite picks for audio products from the past 6 months! PLUS Co-Host Bryan Beasley and Brian Hunter recap their visit to the legendary Van Halen 5150 recording studios. Special thanks to PartTimeAudiphile …

What Is British HiFi?

May 19th, 2021

41:05

What is British HiFi? We explore this somewhat vague topic with the help of Rob Watts, Andrew Jones, Mike Moffat and Johan Coorg. Is it a sound? A frequency response? A specific market? Special thanks to …

Al Schmitt Revisited

April 28th, 2021

1:39:11

An interview with the legendary music engineer and producer Al Schmitt. The sad news hit early Tuesday morning, music engineer and producer Al Schmitt had passed away at at 91. I got a chance to sit down with the music …

Andrew Jones Returns!

April 19th, 2021

1:28:15

Interview with Andrew Jones of ELAC and Pioneer fame. Andrew is a legendary speaker designer that has worked for KEF, TAD and more. He returns to the show to talk about the latest in speaker designs including his …

Subwoofers & Two-Channel Audio: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

April 6th, 2021

57:58

Everything you ever wanted to know about subwoofers and two channel listening. In this episode we dive deeper than we have ever dove before, straight …

Everything Makes A Difference: Music Server Edition

March 22nd, 2021

1:01:56

Everything you ever wanted to know about music servers for two channel listening. Interview with Nuno Vitorino from Innuos. A deep dive into music …

Integrateds and Two Ways - Downsizing without Compromising

March 8th, 2021

50:48

Integrated Amplifiers and Two Way Loudspeakers, a match made in heaven. In this episode we discuss all the lovely benefits (and some of the potential drawbacks) of two of high fidelity audio's most beloved compact …

Richard Grado Of Grado Labs

February 22nd, 2021

47:38

Interview with Rich Grado of Grado Labs. The Brooklyn-based Grado has been making turntable cartridges and headphones for the better part of a century. Now with the launch of their retail site 4ourears.com and the move …

How to: Budget For Audio Gear - From Entry Level to High End

February 9th, 2021

58:12

Everything you ever wanted to know about optimizing your budget for audio gear. Interview with Jonathan Derda of MoFi. On this episode, we cover how much to budget for each product category of audio gear. We provide …

Mike Moffat Of Schiit Audio And Theta Digital

January 25th, 2021

56:37

Interview with Co-Founder of Schiit Audio Mike Moffat. The digital brains behind one of entry-level hifi's favorite upstart, Mike Moffat joins the show to talk about his experience creating some of the first DACs on the …

Best HiFi Products Of 2020, An Interview With Cardas Audio And Why Do Radio Stations Always Play The Same Songs?

December 1st, 2020

50:18

Interview with Josh Meredith and Angela Cardas of Cardas Audio. In this episode The PartTimeAudiophile editorial crew drops their picks for the best audio products of 2020. Josh and Angela also help us answer the age …

Heinz Lichtenegger Of Pro-Ject

November 10th, 2020

44:23

Interview with Heinz Lichtenegger of Pro-Ject, an high fidelity audio company internationally known for turntables, electronics and speakers. Started in 1991, Pro-Ject dove into the record player business at a time when …

Buying A Turntable (And Records!): Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

October 21st, 2020

48:43

Everything you ever wanted to know about buying a turntable, records, and getting started with high fidelity analog playback. Interview with Jonathan Derda of MoFi. We dig deep in this episode which covers off on a …

Marantz And An Interview With The Directors Of The Documentary Vinyl Nation

October 5th, 2020

1:31:37

Interview with the president of Marantz & Classe Joel Sietsema and Senior Director of Technical Category Management Emmanuel Millot. Very special bonus interview with documentary filmmakers Kevin Smokler and …

Two-Way Speaker Design: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know - Plus - The Best Of 2020 So Far!

September 19th, 2020

34:34

Interview with Mats Andersen of QLN Audio. Episode 6 explores two-way speaker design in depth with Mats Andersen, designer and owner of QLN Audio and maker of the highly transparent Signature 3 standmount/bookshelf …

High Fidelity Digital Audio: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

August 25th, 2020

36:39

Everything you ever wanted to know about digital audio. In episode 5 of season 4, we explore the great digital landscape with Alex Brinkman of Auralic Audio. Together we tackle all the hurdles of getting into digital …

Jeremy Bryan From MBL

August 4th, 2020

40:31

An interview with Jeremy Bryan of MBL North America. MBL offers some of the most exotic speaker designs on the market. More than merely a driver in a box, the German company creates electronics and speakers that are as …

What is the Loudness War? Who is Winning?

July 2nd, 2020

52:45

The Loudness Wars. Special guest mastering engineer Dave McNair and Grover Neville help explain the Loudness Wars. How did we get here? Where are we going? Are things getting better, or worse? Dave and Grover give first …

Rob Watts Of Chord Electronics

June 25th, 2020

44:05

An interview with digital designer Rob Watts of Chord Electronics fame. Rob Watts has seen much success in hifi designing under the British brand Chord. With a long history in the semiconductor industry along with heavy …

What Is Mastering? What Happens When An Album Is Remastered?

May 20th, 2020

1:12:01

A beginner's guide to understanding mastering and a buyer's guide to remastered albums. In this episode we explore the acoustic art of Mastering. What is Mastering? What does it mean when an album is Remastered? Does …

Nelson Pass Of Pass Labs & First Watt - Part 2

April 28th, 2020

36:45

Interview with Nelson Pass of Pass Labs Part 2. In part two of our series with Nelson Pass we talk about design philosophy and the history of his "other project" company, First Watt. Widely considered one of hifi's …

Nelson Pass Of Pass Labs & First Watt - Part 1

March 10th, 2020

38:54

Interview with Nelson Pass of Pass Labs. In our season closer, we walk down the history of one of audio's most prolific amplifier designers Nelson …

Florida Audio Expo 2020 Highlights

February 20th, 2020

48:51

Recap and highlights from FLAX 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Brian Hunter is joined by PartTimeAudiophile contributors Marc Phillips and Dave McNair with all the highlights, takeaways and great sounding gear from the …

Sonus Faber And CES 2020 Highlights

January 23rd, 2020

54:13

Interview with Sonus Faber President and CEO Jeff Poggi and Brand Manager William Kline. This episode also features all the latest in hifi news including hot items coming out of the recent consumer electronics CES show …

ZMF Headphones And TOP's Favorite Things For 2019

December 21st, 2019

54:09

Zach and Bevin Mehrbach from ZMF Headphones get interviewed. Also 2019 year-end roundup of the "best of" audio products according to Bryan and Brian. Special bonus: Two Grown Men Arguing In A YouTube Comments Section. …

Damon Von Schweikert and Leif Swanson From Von Schweikert Audio Plus Headphone Reviews

December 8th, 2019

1:22:41

Extended interview with Von Schweikert Audio's Leif Swanson and Damon Von Schweikert. S3E7 kicks off with a full rundown of the new LCD-1 headphone …

A Beginner's Guide To Reel To Reel Audio Playback

November 21st, 2019

48:04

How to get into reel to reel audio, interview with Greg Beron of United Home Audio. Every wonder what it takes to listen to music on your home stereo with reel to reel playback as a source? In this episode we outline …

Capital Audiofest 2019 Highlights

November 8th, 2019

50:59

Recap and highlights from Capital Audiofest 2019 located in DC. ParttimeAudiophile editor Scot Hull is joined by staff writers Marc Phillips and Eric …

David Solomon & Dan Mackta From Qobuz Plus An Audiophile's Guide To Wireless Audio

October 30th, 2019

1:11:40

Interview with David Solomon and Dan Mackta, the US Qobuz team. This episode also features a bonus introduction: an audiophile's guide to wireless …

Jeff Joseph And Abbey Road Super Deluxe Review

October 10th, 2019

1:19:38

An in-depth interview with Jeff Joseph of Joseph Audio plus a full rundown and review of the new Beatle's Abbey Road Anniversary Super Deluxe …

Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2019 Highlights

September 25th, 2019

25:11

Highlights from Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2019. Brian Hunter and PartTimeAudiophile founder Scot Hull break down all the good, bad and crispy from the …

Dan D’Agostino

September 4th, 2019

1:13:05

Part-Time Audiophile

In our Season 3 opener, legendary amplifier designer Dan D’Agostino discusses his extensive history with high-end audio starting with his successes with Krell all the way to his current namesake …

T.H.E. Show Interview & Munich 2019 Highlights

May 26th, 2019

58:35

Part-Time Audiophile

Recap and highlights from the High End Audio Show in Munich, Germany. Special interview with T.H.E. Show’s organizers Maurice …

AXPONA 2019 Highlights

April 24th, 2019

54:21

Part-Time Audiophile

Recap and highlights from AXPONA 2019. PartTimeAudiophile founder Scot Hull pops in to talk about what is quickly becoming the …

Dave And Carol Clark From Positive Feedback Return!

April 6th, 2019

1:15:25

Part-Time Audiophile

Dave and Carol Clark From Positive Feedback Return… this time with more Carol! We catch up with the co-owners of Positive …

Allen Perkins of Spiral Groove

March 29th, 2019

1:10:58

Part-Time Audiophile

Allen Perkins of Spiral Groove Turntables. Allen dives into his history with one of audio’s most nostalgic playback devices. Designing for others, then designing with his company Spiral Groove, he …

Christopher Hildebrand of Fern and Roby

March 9th, 2019

1:10:00

Part-Time Audiophile

Christopher Hildebrand of Fern And Roby. Christopher drops some knowledge with a behind-the-scenes look at his manufacturing …

Bill Dudleston of Legacy Audio

February 5th, 2019

1:09:05

Part-Time Audiophile

Bill Dudleston of Legacy Audio. Bill provides an in-depth look into both technical and theoretical perspectives of audio. …

CES 2019 Highlights

January 15th, 2019

32:52

Part-Time Audiophile

Recap and highlights from Las Vegas CES 2019. An audiophile perspective on the changing landscape of the Consumer Electronics Show from Nevada. All the high end and headphone news from the event …

Mat Weisfeld of VPI Industries

January 3rd, 2019

1:08:02

Part-Time Audiophile

Mat Weisfeld of VPI Industries. Mat sits down with us to chat about his family legacy at the famed audiophile turntable company, what its like to cost out a $30k turntable and his experiences now …

Garth Powell of AudioQuest

November 27th, 2018

1:07:53

Part-Time Audiophile

Garth Powell of AudioQuest. Garth sits down to elaborate on his move from wine country to Orange County, talk noise isolation in …

Vinnie Rossi

October 31st, 2018

1:20:00

Part-Time Audiophile

Vinnie Rossi of Red Wine Audio and Vinnie Rossi Audio. Vinnie talks all things “double e”, his take on audiophile forums and why …

Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2018

October 12th, 2018

44:25

Part-Time Audiophile

Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2018 recap and highlights. Co-Host Scot Hull and the rest of the PartTimeAudiophile team throw in their …

Gayle Sanders of Eikon and MartinLogan

September 25th, 2018

1:15:15

Part-Time Audiophile

Gayle Sanders of MartinLogan and now Eikon Audio. Gayle walks us through his long history with hi-fi audio, working with electrostatic speakers and moving things forward on the digital edge. Co-host …

TOP Season 1.75: THE SHOW 2018

June 7th, 2018

53:49

Part-Time Audiophile

T.H.E. Show in Irvine 2018 Recap and Highlights. Brian and Bryan tell all about their experience at Southern California’s only audio show this year. Interviews with show runner Maurice Jung and AGD …

TOP Season 1.5: AXPONA 2018 Highlights

April 26th, 2018

48:44

Part-Time Audiophile

AXPONA 2018 Recap and Highlights. Co-Host Bryan Beasley reminisces about his first big audio show, what its like crossing paths with a my little pony convention and why Macallan 18 is no substitute …

Sandy Gross of GoldenEar Technology

March 29th, 2018

45:56

Part-Time Audiophile

Sandy Gross of Polk Audio, Definitive Audio and Golden Ear Technology. Sandy spins his tale of building massively successful …

Dave and Carol Clark of Positive Feedback

March 15th, 2018

1:11:03

Part-Time Audiophile

Dave and Carol Clark of Positive Feedback. Dave and Carol give us all the details on creating a print magazine, shifting to an …

EveAnna Manley of Manley Laboratories

March 8th, 2018

1:03:08

Part-Time Audiophile

EveAnna Manley of Manley Labs. EveAnna gives us a tour of the factory in Chino, deliberates amplifier design and talks the finer points of the walking treadmill desk. Recorded directly at the lab in …

Vitaliy Belo

March 1st, 2018

58:43

Part-Time Audiophile

Vitaliy Belo of 64 Audio. Vitaliy goes behind the mic to share with us his thoughts on earphone design, audiophile preferences and what its like being part of a family band. Co-host Bryan Beasley. …

John DeVore

February 22nd, 2018

41:42

Part-Time Audiophile

John DeVore of DeVORE FIDELITY. John walks us through his process for designing loudspeakers, the New York audio scene of the late 90’s and why drummers will always be in demand. Special co-host …

Jason Stoddard

February 15th, 2018

48:35

Part-Time Audiophile

Schiit Audio co-founder Jason Stoddard. Jason conveys his thoughts on MQA, audiophile cables and what its like taking an audio company from the garage to the warehouse. Recorded live at the Schiitr …

Andrew Jones

February 8th, 2018

53:45

Part-Time Audiophile

Andrew Jones of ELAC, Pioneer, TAD and KEF. Andrew enlightens us about his long history with audio, designing speakers for a Japanese company and what its like growing up with a mirror twin. Special …

World Of McIntosh – Paolo Tezzon & Livio Cucuzza

February 2nd, 2018

37:25

Part-Time Audiophile

Paolo and Livio walk us through the process of designing the new McIntosh XRT2.1k and Sonus Faber AIDA loudspeakers. Recorded at …

Zev Feldman

January 25th, 2018

51:38

Part-Time Audiophile

Zev Feldman of Resonance Records. Zev is a record hunter and the Indiana Jones of lost Jazz. He gives us the lowdown on digging …

Andy Regan

January 22nd, 2018

53:47

Part-Time Audiophile

NAMM prep and CMO of HiFiMAN, Andrew Regan. Andy talks touring with David Bowie, selling high-end in New York and the absence of pre-show brown M&Ms. Special co-host Bryan Beasley.

The post Andy …

CES 2018

January 18th, 2018

37:10

Part-Time Audiophile

Audio highlights from CES 2018 with co-host Bes Nievera. Bes is brand ambassador for Music Direct & on-air host of DCB Jazz at WDCB 90.9 FM in Chicago.

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Sean Casey, Part 2

January 13th, 2018

52:26

Part-Time Audiophile

Sean from Zu Audio talks about speaker design, running from the police in Ogden and attending audio shows. This podcast is the …

Sean Casey, Part 1

January 6th, 2018

42:43

Part-Time Audiophile

Welcome to the first episode of the Occasional Podcast! Our maiden voyage kicks off with CES prep and part one of our two part interview with Sean Casey of Zu Audio.

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