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    Audiophile Style Podcast: Episode 5 | Audio Research Interview

    Episode 5 is up and being delivered to all the podcast platforms right now. In this episode I talk with Audio Research Managing Director Dave Gordon about the origins of the company in Minneapolis, the design and details of my favorite ARC amp the Reference 160, and a new fantastic integrated amp coming very soon from the company. The show finishes with a round of bonus questions about music, food and even comedians, where there are no wrong answers. 

     

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

     

    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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    Love the connection between Audio Research and Magnepan.  Last year just before Covid19 hit here in Minnesota my friend who had worked for Magnepan was trying to set up a walking tour of both places for me to see.  He needed a new preamp and wanted to see what Gordon was up to.  So he thought maybe tour Magnepan first and see if Wendell was available to go over to Audio Research and tour that place and shoot the breeze.  I'd be happy just to be a fly on the wall for that day.  Anyways, it didn't pan out but is still in the works.  

     

    My friend is an all analog guy and doesn't know a thing about digital audio.  I've tried to convert him but to avail.  His personally built Maggies are amazing sounding.  I guess, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

     

    Excellent interview Chris.

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    Last time I visited friends in Minnesota, I thought Kado no Mise was amazing for sushi in Minneapolis.

     

    Moreover, why always sushi for Japanese food? Why not non-sushi for Japanese food, like Zen Box Izakaya...

     

    Just saying.

     

    Sadly I now live somewhere where I can’t get great fish. So my answer is steak. Sous vide my own steak. More money for audio...

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    20 minutes ago, ecwl said:

    Last time I visited friends in Minnesota, I thought Kado no Mise was amazing for sushi in Minneapolis.

     

    Moreover, why always sushi for Japanese food? Why not non-sushi for Japanese food, like Zen Box Izakaya...

     

    Just saying.

     

    Sadly I now live somewhere where I can’t get great fish. So my answer is steak. Sous vide my own steak. More money for audio...

    Zen Box is great. They make their own mochi that’s far better than any other place in town. 

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    I have to admit when I used to live in Rochester, Minnesota around 15 years ago, I used to drive to Origami for sushi whenever I have a craving. The past few years I visited, I thought the restaurant closed but now I realized thanks to your podcast (and Google) that they’re still doing well and simply moved.

     

    Next time I visit, perhaps I need to try Origami again for old times’ sake.

     

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    5 minutes ago, ecwl said:

    I have to admit when I used to live in Rochester, Minnesota around 15 years ago, I used to drive to Origami for sushi whenever I have a craving. The past few years I visited, I thought the restaurant closed but now I realized thanks to your podcast (and Google) that they’re still doing well and simply moved.

     

    Next time I visit, perhaps I need to try Origami again for old times’ sake.

     

    Yeah, Origami moved to Uptown. I like the old location better (down the block from Bel Canto), but I’ll take any location that’s open :~)

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