All posts by beginneraudiophile

23: Buying Older Gear, Marantz AVR Review, Setting up your Audition Songs, Your Questions…



Patrick Norton and Michael O’Neal catch up on the latest news, what gear is in the review funnel, and talk about the Elac Debut 2.0.  Then we talk about how to set yourself up to audition gear at a stereo show or a conference.  Michael reviews the Marantz SR7009 and we talk about how to … Continue reading 23: Buying Older Gear, Marantz AVR Review, Setting up your Audition Songs, Your Questions…


22: Talking Amps & Watts with Patrick Norton, The Winner of the 1moreUSA Triples, & Your Questions!



Episode 22 of Beginner Audiophile is jam packed! Patrick Norton Co-Hosts this one with Michael O’Neal.  We talk about the reality vs. myth of amps vs. watts in amplifiers, dig into reviews of the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless and the Hive Home Security System, answer a few listener questions, and announce the winner of the 1moreusa.com … Continue reading 22: Talking Amps & Watts with Patrick Norton, The Winner of the 1moreUSA Triples, & Your Questions!


20: CES Wrap-Up Part 1, with Patrick Norton



Patrick Norton (http://tekthing.com) joins me, through a hacking cough, to wrap up all things audio and home theater we discovered at CES (The Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas at the beginning of January 2018. Gear Guide: RHA T20i Hi-res in-ear headphones with DualCoil driver  JDS Labs The Element DAC Schiit Fulla 2 DAC Audioquest … Continue reading 20: CES Wrap-Up Part 1, with Patrick Norton


BONUS: A Recent Historical Primer of the Audiophile



Today’s episode is an excerpt from a fantastic New Yorker article entitled “Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide” written by David Denby. (Click here to read the entire article) It does such a great job explaining what an audiophile is, the recent history of audiophile music and recordings, and the “state of the … Continue reading BONUS: A Recent Historical Primer of the Audiophile


19: The Vinyl Revival, and Killer Systems You Can Afford



On today’s show we chat with Matthew from Vinyl Revival in Melbourne Australia.  We had a great convo about the renaissance of “good” audio, getting huge bang for the buck out of your turntable, and his choices for systems costing $1000, $2500, and $5000! Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Instagram as well. … Continue reading 19: The Vinyl Revival, and Killer Systems You Can Afford


18: Beginner Audiophile Returns! New York Audio Show Breakdown & Listener Q&A!



Fellow audio nerds!  We’re back.  After a long (inadvertent) haitus, BA is back.  Michael gives a breakdown of how audio works based on a great analogy by Steve Guttenberg, then digs into a bunch of your questions.  Then, Harris pops in with a breakdown of the NY Audio Show!  Enjoy! Gear Guide, Topics & Highlights: … Continue reading 18: Beginner Audiophile Returns! New York Audio Show Breakdown & Listener Q&A!


17: Everything You Want to Know About Subwoofers, But Were Afraid To Ask



Ahhhhhh….subwoofers. That “Punch you in the chest” feeling when your favorite song really moves you. Although subwoofers are easy to plug in and turn up loud, that doesn’t give us a true audiophile experience. We want to feel it…but only if it’s being called upon.  So, in this episode, President and Managing Partner of SVSound Gary Yacoubian and … Continue reading 17: Everything You Want to Know About Subwoofers, But Were Afraid To Ask


16: How To Audition Like a Pro, Sonus Faber Speaker Review, and more!



On this episode of Beginner Audiophile Harris and Michael talk about what a pro-audio show is like, and our secret to maintaining consistency as we audition gear.  Michael then reviews the Sonus Faber Principia 1 Bookshelf Speakers, and we get into the picks of the week! One thing to add: If you are using a … Continue reading 16: How To Audition Like a Pro, Sonus Faber Speaker Review, and more!


15: The Turntable/ Record Player Renaissance, and Why You Should Care



Today we’re talking a bit of turntables, and what it takes to set one up.  Turntables used to be the “gold standard” for listening, until digital files came along.  Now, we are romanticizing the process…and it’s well worth it.  After talking turntables,  We also dig into a question or two, and give you the picks … Continue reading 15: The Turntable/ Record Player Renaissance, and Why You Should Care