This week PartTimeAudiophile’s hifi-centric The Occasional Podcast got a chance to interview a very interesting set of individuals from the audiophile realm. Romain Vet of Focal Naim America and Bes Nievera of Music Direct both appear on the show, dropping their individual color commentary to the current state of things.
Focal Naim America have branched off into new directions in the past 5 years, keep up with the changing times and also revisiting old products like the Naim Solstice Turntable. Romain stops by the show to give the skinny on some of the thinking behind this year’s crop of new products, as well as some of the thoughts on future products.
Bes Nievera is an industry veteran with more than 40 years of hifi experience in sales, service, and brand representation. Also a seasoned DJ, Bes hosted a Jazz show on WDBC 90.9 FM in Chicago for many years. He shares some of his favorite stories, recommendations and gear options in his second appearance on the show.
The Occasional Podcast has just launched into their seventh season. Previous episodes include Our We Heading Towards a Tube Shortage?, interviews, how to’s and more from audio’s greatest talents, including their picks for products of the season, another interesting conversation about the History Of The BBC’s LS3/5a Loudspeaker, A Beginner’s Guide To Tube Amplifiers and A View From The Booth: Reference Systems, Accuracy & Why Audiophiles Love Jazz So Much: including rare interview with the late audio legend engineer Al Schmitt. The finale from season 5 includes the yearly “best of awards” and you can also find episodes covering British HiFi, Subwoofers/Setup/Tips, and the how to: Budgeting From Entry Level To High End. Season 4 highlights include Joseph Audio, Pro-Ject Turntables, and Rob Watts. One can still download this season’s educational show with TOP’s Beginners Primer To High Fidelity Digital Audio alongside the latest on Two-Way Speaker Design. Fan favorite What Is Mastering? What Happens When An Album Is Remastered? is also still available as well. If you are interested in further exploring the analog realm, the Guide To Buying A Turntable (and records) might point you in the right direction.
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