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 58m. Bisher sind 48 Folge(n) erschienen.

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

40: Speaker Setup Revisited, QoBuz Overview, Listener Q's

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...


 2019-06-05  1h11m

39: Big Room Subwoofer Solutions, Choosing Speaker Wire, A RAD 4k Projector, and Speaker Break-In Redux

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...


 2019-05-03  1h1m

38: True Wireless Earbud Bakeoff w/Sennheiser vs. Master & Dynamic, BlueSound Gear, and Your Questions

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 , and the .  Both priced at $300, do they...


 2019-04-17  1h1m