Beginner Audiophile | HiFi | Gear Reviews | Stereo | Hi-End Audio
Michael O’Neal & Dr. Paul Anderson bridge the gap between the clueless big box stores and the snobby stereo shops. Every show is filled with gear reviews, commentary, and interviews aimed to find out what makes a real world difference in your listening experience, how to get the most bang for your buck, and frankly, how to begin experiencing your music in the way it was intended.
45: Being A Kid in the 70's and 80's, and how it Shaped Our Music Tastes, with Brooks Hollan. AudioQuest Cobalt ReviewOct 26, 2019 01:04:29
Everyone has a story. Many of us that were kids in the 70's and 80's had that friend or that kid in school that had all the cool stereo gear. Today my pal Brooks Hollan (@life_of_brooksie) and I talk about being a kid in a very influential time for planting musical seeds. We then review the AudioQuest Cobalt...is it the best portable DAC?
44: New Gear For Beginner AudiophilesSep 30, 2019 33:47
On this show we talk about some new gear from Elac, Pro-Ject, Audioquest, Amazon Music and more!
43: New "King of True Wireless" Earbuds, News from Emotiva, Powered Bookshelf Comparo, and more!Sep 3, 2019 31:25
On this solo episode, I update you about the SVS install I did in Utah, cover the new Emotiva AVR in the news, and review the Hifiman TWS600. After a listener question involving the Amazon Echo Dot, we go listen to some great tunes!
Check out http://kit.com/solohour for the earbuds, and any other gear I talk about in this episode.
Check out all the gear at http://svsound.com
42: Anatomy of an Affordable, KILLER 2 Channel/Home Theater SetupJul 18, 2019 40:25
Today I share the story of a home theater install I did for my good friend Jase Bennett (@jasebennett) of The Ohana Adventure. They have a youtube channel of over 2.6 MILLION (!) subscribers. Jase and his wife have 6 kids, and he wanted an amazing place for all of them to watch movies. We were really shocked by the result of this install!
have a look at http://beginneraudiophile.com/gear to check out our recommended gear, and some of the gear we used in the install.
Also, if you are looking for incredible bang for the buck, look no further than SVS Sound! http://svsound.com
41: Re-Imagining The "Audiophile Conference", T.H.E. Show ReviewJun 19, 2019 56:07
Today Dr. Paul and I talk about a "hypothetical" audio conference, and how we might reinvent it. With the advent of lifestyle systems, powered speakers with great DACs and sonic integration, it's time we re-think how people consume these audio conferences, and how manufacturers approach them.
We'd love your suggestions on how you would like to experience an audio conference. What would you like to see included? How much would you pay to attend? Where should it be located? Hit us up here with your suggestions: http://beginneraudiophile.com/contact/
40: Speaker Setup Revisited, QoBuz Overview, Listener Q'sJun 5, 2019 01:11:39
Michael's got a new Mac Pro (from 2009) that he's just upgraded, and tells a story of hefting a giant SVS subwoofer up the steps with no help from Fed Ex. Speaking of, this episode is sponsored by SVS. Check out all of their amazing offerings at http://svsound.com.
Patrick had to move his bookshelf speakers, so they dug into the basics of speaker setup and room treatment. Then we dug into a few of your questions, including adding an amp to an AVR, outdoor speakers, and some DAC info.
39: Big Room Subwoofer Solutions, Choosing Speaker Wire, A RAD 4k Projector, and Speaker Break-In ReduxMay 3, 2019 01:01:09
On today's episode Patrick Norton and Michael O'Neal chat about an innovative way to break in your new speakers, Michael Reviews the Optoma UHL55 4K Portable Projector, and we answer a few of your questions!
This episode is brought to you by SVS Sound. From the Prime Wireless to their legendary subwoofers, SVS has what you need to absolutely transform your listening experience. Try their subwoofer matching tool at http://svsound.com.
38: True Wireless Earbud Bakeoff w/Sennheiser vs. Master & Dynamic, BlueSound Gear, and Your QuestionsApr 17, 2019 01:01:07
Airpods? Airpods, really? What do you do when you want great sound in addition to the functionality of True Wireless Earbuds? Today we find out, with this momentus showdown between the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, and the Master & Dynamic MW07. Both priced at $300, do they fit the bill of lifestyle vs. audiophile? We unbox the Cleer NEXT and are very pleasantly surprised. Then we talk about the BlueSound Vault 2i, PowerNode 2i, and Node 2i. Finally, we dig into your questions and head out to listen to some great music.
37: Interview with an Audiophile, with Matt RockwellApr 3, 2019 01:05:10
Today, 30 year audiophile (and one of the two guys that got me into the hobby) Matt Rockwell and I sit down for a chat in his house in Boulder. When I met Matt, he had a $300k+ system. Now, a few years later, he's "pared it down" to a simple $36k system. I know that sounds like a lot, but this was a fascinating conversation about audio, art, gear, and the true essence of the hobby.
Note...Matt speaks quite softly, so I've done my best with the audio.
Here's Matt's current system:
Speakers: Green Mountian Audio http://greenmountainaudio.com/eos-hd/
Subwoofer: Rel https://rel.net/shop/powered-subwoofers/serie-ti/t9i/
Integrated Amp: Jeff Rowland https://www.jeffrowlandgroup.com/continuum-s2/
36: The Great USB Cable Bake-Off, Audio News, Your QuestionsMar 12, 2019 40:04
On today's episode we try a slew of USB audio cables to see if they make a difference in sound. We also check out current audio news, and bang through a few user questions.
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35: 2019 Audiophile Gear "Bargains"Feb 26, 2019 36:28
Today Dr. Paul Anderson and I go through the best "bargains" (in quotes because some are quite pricey...but still relative bargains to the competition) in audio in 2019. Please pardon my cough...I was nursing a bit of bronchitis on this episode!
Remember to follow our Instagram account at http://instagram.com/beginneraudiophile.
34: Setting Up A New Room | The Great DAC Bakeoff | Listener QuestionsFeb 12, 2019 58:59
Dr. Paul Anderson is back on the show! We are setting up his new place in LA, and spent many hours dialing in the room. We chat about what it takes to set up a new room, in terms of speaker placement, what to listen for, etc. We had some really surprising results, especially with subwoofer setup and what it did to Paul's Harbreth monitors.
Then, we listened to a number of different DAC's (digital audio converters) and the results were also REALLY surprising! Everything matters!
33: Andrew Jones from ELAC | NAMM Rundown | Sennheiser MomentumJan 30, 2019 01:03:56
Howdy! On this episode, we pin down Andrew Jones from Elac for a juicy interview on his philosophy behind creating speakers, and lots more. Michael gives the rundown on NAMM, the North American Music Merchants show. Those are the people that MAKE the music we listen to.
We have a brand new Youtube channel! Click here to Subscribe and check out the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds Unboxing!
32: Emotiva's Founder, Dan Laufman | CES Quick Hits on AMT and True Wireless EarbudsJan 15, 2019 49:11
Back from a week in Vegas, we've got a doozy for you this episode. After a quick hit of CES (The Consumer Electronics Show) in Vegas (Check out pictures at @beginneraudiophile) Michael talks about Air Motion Transformers (which were a big theme this year) and True Wireless Earbuds. Then we jump into a GREAT interview with Dan Laufman, founder of Emotiva.
31: New LG OLED 4k, Dolby ATMOS, Micca In-Ceiling/Wall Speakers, Your Questions...Dec 31, 2018 51:00
In this episode, Michael O'Neal (@beginneraudiophile) and Patrick Norton (@patricknorton) catch up on some Black Friday (I know, I know...) purchases. Michael talks about his home theater install, Pat talks about an amp and a set of gaming headphones he's testing out, and we answer a few questions.
30: Talking Roon with Dipin Sehdev from Roon LabsNov 2, 2018 01:03:56
Roon. What is it? Do you need it?
The best way I can describe Roon is that it's a simplifier. We have all of these disparate music sources and end points in our house, and Roon talks to them all, and puts them into one cohesive system. Today we chat with Dipin Sehdev, VP of Marketing of roonlabs.com, and discuss how and why Roon originated, what it's meant to do, and how easy it is to use.
Dipin was also nice enough to give us a free 30 day trial of Roon. (Normally it's 2 weeks, so double your pleasure!)
29: Hi-Res Music on Your iPhone, Marantz SR8012 Review, How To Build Your System, and More...Sep 25, 2018 01:02:09
On today's episode Michael O'Neal (@solohour, @beginneraudiophile) starts by talking about how to get Hi Res music to play on an iPhone. (It's not as simple as you might think!) Then Patrick Norton (@patricknorton) jumps on to talk amplifiers. Mike reviews the SR8012 Receiver, and they wrap up with a couple of listener questions, including how to build your system...speakers first or front end first?
28: Home Theater, Automation, Cool Speakers, Rad TV's, and MORE at CEDIA 2018!Sep 11, 2018 50:54
We've just gotten back from the CEDIA show, displaying the latest in home theater, automation, commercial installs, lighting, in-wall speaker systems, projectors, TV's, and more!
Patrick Norton (of Tekthing and The Screen Savers) and Michael O'Neal (The Solopreneur Hour Podcast) spend the show discussing the highlights of CEDIA, in no particular order.
27: The State of The Audiophile | Klipsch "The Sixes" Review | Jabra Elite Sport EarbudsJun 27, 2018 01:14:57
Audiophilia: Is it on the rise, or is it declining? Well...both, kinda. Join Patrick Norton and Michael O'Neal as they discuss how, in some ways, the industry is on the rise, and in some ways, on the decline. We also talk about T.H.E. Show, Newport, and Patrick is reviewing the Sennheiser HD1 Headphones.
Then, Michael reviews the Klipsch "The Sixes" bookshelf speakers, and wraps up with the Jabra Sport Elite True Wireless Earbuds.
26: Nice Speaker Setup Vs. Nice Headphone Setup...Which is Better?May 16, 2018 01:18:10
Description:Today’s theme: Good headphones vs. “Good Stereo” The News:
Good headphone setup vs a good stereo speaker setup.
Sony MDR7506 + Audioquest Dragonfly or Schiit Fulla 2…
Mr. Speakers Aeon https://www.mrspeakers.com/headphones-15/aeon.html
Micca MB 42XBalanced Woven carbon fiber woofer for enhanced transient and impactful bass High performance Silk dome tweeter for smooth treble and accurate imaging and Frequency Response: 60Hz-20kHz (Typical In-Room) Highly optimized 12Db crossover with Zobel network and baffle step compensation Ported enclosure delivers extended bass response with low distortion Dramatically transformed sound signature that is incredibly open, balanced, and dynamic Sensitivity: 85dB 1W/1M $89.95 9.5 (H) x 5.8 (W) x 6.5 (D) https://www.amazon.com/Micca-MB42X-Bookshelf-Speakers-Tweeter/dp/B00E7H8GG2?ref=ast_p_ep https://www.fakespot.com/product/micca-mb42x-bookshelf-speakers-black Listener Questions
Hello Michael, I emailed you a couple of weeks ago in regards to your opinion if I should upgrade my polk subs to an SVS 13 ultra. Well, I took your advice and I purchased the SVS SB 16 ultra. Not just one, but two SVS SB 16 ultras. I absolutely Love both of them, it was a great upgrade. Thank you for the great advice, I will keep these for a very long time. I do have another question. You mention the benefits of buying gear from Craigs list or ebay. I read on several sites to be aware of counterfeits. Is counterfeits something to worry about in the Audiophile world . If so, which audio items would you not buy from craigs list or ebay.
Thanks for such a great podcast!PICK OF THE WEEK
Loudness wars: http://www.chicagomasteringservice.com/loudness.html
25: Bookshelves + Sub VS. Tower Speakers, and KEF LS50 Wireless First ImpressionsMay 4, 2018 01:03:23
Dude. We're getting the BAND back together!! Dr. Paul Anderson and I (The OG!) are back for episode 25 of BA. After catching up, we chat about the incredible KEF LS50 Wireless, and offer our first impressions. Then, we dive into a few of your questions before the GREAT BOOKSHELVES + SUB VS. TOWER SPEAKERS BAKE OFF. (The results might not be what you think...)
24: The Headphone Show! CanJam 2018, "Bang for the buck" cables, Joe Harley of AudioQuest, and MoreApr 16, 2018 01:03:56
Today the boys wrap up what they saw and heard at CanJam 2018 in Los Angeles, including tons of mini product reviews. We strapped on Sennheisers Orpheus $50,000 headphone system to mindboggling results. And chatted with Joe Harley about being one of the founders of Audioquest, what gives you "bang for the buck" in audio cables, what it's like to hit a home run with a device like the DragonFly, and more!!