beginner audiophile | hifi | gear reviews | stereo | hi-end audio

Michael O'Neal and his co-hosts 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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 57m. Bisher sind 51 Folge(n) erschienen.

50: Setting Up A New Listening Room From Scratch | KEF LS50 Wireless vs. Passive | Getting Scammed with Used Gear

On today's episode I tell a story of how I (almost) got scammed buying a pair of KEF LS50's, used, how I'm setting up a new listening room from scratch, and did a bake-off of the LS50 Passive vs. Wireless.



49: Are Headphones Required Now? | HELM Audio Founder Eric Johnson Interview | Long Beach System Breakdown

On today's ep. I chat about my new Long Beach House, and break down the system. (Check out for pics) Then I get into why headphones have gotten so important over the last couple of months.  Finally, I chat with Eric Johnson, founder of HELM...


 2020-04-28  48m

48: Vintage Audio Buyer's Guide with Mark Cerasuolo

LONG overdue, on this ep I bring vintage audio expert Mark Ceresuolo on, and we talk all things vintage audio, from which companies made the great gear, some origin stories, and what to look for in vintage receivers, speakers, and turntables.  


 2020-04-20  1h6m

47: "Mid-Fi" Integrated Amp Bake Off - Peachtree vs. Vincent Audio vs. Parasound

During the course of creating this show, I set a mental "cap" that no piece of equipment would cost more than $3000.  With few exceptions, I've stuck to that directive.  Today however, we push right up to the edge of that limit with three...


 2020-02-13  47m

46: CES Wrap Up | Ported vs. Non-Ported Subs | Our New Fave Wireless Earbuds from Jabra

On today's solo episode, I talk about CES 2020, the state of audio, and what's up with the show.  Then I break down ported vs. non-ported subwoofers.  Finally, a review of the Jabra Elite 65T True Wireless earbuds, and the 85H headphones.  


 2020-02-06  45m

45: Being A Kid in the 70's and 80's, and how it Shaped Our Music Tastes, with Brooks Hollan. AudioQuest Cobalt Review

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...


 2019-10-26  1h4m

44: New Gear For Beginner Audiophiles

On this show we talk about some new gear from Elac, Pro-Ject, Audioquest, Amazon Music and more!  


 2019-09-30  33m

43: New "King of True Wireless" Earbuds, News from Emotiva, Powered Bookshelf Comparo, and more!

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 ...


 2019-09-03  31m

42: Anatomy of an Affordable, KILLER 2 Channel/Home Theater Setup

Today I share the story of a home theater install I did for my good friend Jase Bennett () of The Ohana Adventure.  They have (!) subscribers.  Jase and his wife have 6 kids, and he wanted an amazing place for all of them to watch...


 2019-07-18  40m

41: Re-Imagining The "Audiophile Conference", T.H.E. Show Review

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...


 2019-06-19  56m