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    Audiophile Style Podcast: Episode 12 | McIntosh Group's Livio Cucuzza Interview

    Episode 12 is up and being delivered to all the podcast platforms right now. We are happy to announce the Audiophile Style podcast is one of very few podcast now available via the Samsung Free app on many Samsung devices.

     

    In this episode I interview Chief Design Officer and Vice President of R&D for the McIntosh Group, Livio Cucuzza. We talk about his childhood in Sicily, his design inspirations, the fact that his father owned a HiFi shop as he was growing up, the product design process, the sf16 product launch, and how he handles the rich heritage of both Sonus Faber and McIntosh Labs. The show concludes with two album recommendations and a round of bonus questions where there are no wrong answers. 

     


    Purchase the albums recommendation here:

     

    https://audiophile.style/blossom

     

    https://audiophile.style/difranco

     


    McIntosh Group Links

     

    Sonus Faber - https://www.sonusfaber.com

     

    McIntosh - https://www.mcintoshlabs.com

     

     

    Listen via the embedded player below or subscribe on any platform.

     


    Current Podcast Setup.jpgAs much as I'd love to deliver this show to everyone in lossless high resolution audio, the podcast platforms only accept MP3. So, I record everything as lossless WAV files using a Neumann TLM 103 transformerless cardioid condenser microphone, then convert to 320 Kbps MP3 to give everyone the best quality currently possible. Given that I'm using a Merging Technologies Anubis analog to digital converter to record, I technically could do everything at DXD (384 kHz) or DSD256, but that's a bit over the top, even for me.

     

    A big thanks to David Chesky for allowing me to use the track East Harlem, from the album The Body Acoustic. The album can be purchased and downloaded at 24/96 from the Chesky Records site here

     

    All AS Podcast episodes can be found here, or you can find / subscribe on every podcast platform known to man. If I missed a platform some people use, just let me know. Here are links to the most popular platforms.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    It appears our first MN Audiophilestyle get together has to be at Pittsburgh Blue.

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    1 minute ago, AudioDoctor said:

    It appears our first MN Audiophilestyle get together has to be at Pittsburgh Blue.

     

    That surprised me! Of all places, he picked Pittsburgh Blue :~)

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    23 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

     

    That surprised me! Of all places, he picked Pittsburgh Blue :~)

     

    At least he didn't say Ruths Chris...

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    1 minute ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    I thought he'd say Manny's. 

    Yeah same, I was thinking that as well.

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    58 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    I thought he'd say Manny's. 

    Growing up in Hong Kong and Canada, I have to say that the American steakhouse experience in America is still very different. Definitely different than eating a steak in Italy as you know. And it still felt different than a steakhouse in Australia.

    Moreover, I presume Livio was invited to go when he was working with the Audio Research staff. And as you know, sometimes the dining experience is as much about the company as the food. That said, I’ve never tried Pittsburgh Blue when I lived in Minnesota over a decade ago. But yeah, Manny’s great. Too bad I didn’t get to go much back then since I was at a much lower income bracket in my MN days.

     

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    45 minutes ago, ecwl said:

    Growing up in Hong Kong and Canada, I have to say that the American steakhouse experience in America is still very different. Definitely different than eating a steak in Italy as you know. And it still felt different than a steakhouse in Australia.

    Moreover, I presume Livio was invited to go when he was working with the Audio Research staff. And as you know, sometimes the dining experience is as much about the company as the food. That said, I’ve never tried Pittsburgh Blue when I lived in Minnesota over a decade ago. But yeah, Manny’s great. Too bad I didn’t get to go much back then since I was at a much lower income bracket in my MN days.

     

    Well said. The company can make a decent meal excellent. 

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