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Michael O’Neal and Awesome Co-hosts

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

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

Michael O’Neal and Awesome Co-hosts

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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.

Latest Episodes

44: New Gear For Beginner Audiophiles

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

33 MIN3 w ago
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44: New Gear For Beginner Audiophiles

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 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

31 MINSEP 4
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43: New "King of True Wireless" Earbuds, News from Emotiva, Powered Bookshelf Comparo, and more!

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 (@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

40 MINJUL 19
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42: Anatomy of an Affordable, KILLER 2 Channel/Home Theater Setup

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 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/ This episode brought to you by SVS. Check out the amazing offerings, including the Prime Wireless Bookshelves, at the SVS Website Here. (http://svsound.com)

56 MINJUN 19
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41: Re-Imagining The "Audiophile Conference", T.H.E. Show Review

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 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.

71 MINJUN 5
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40: Speaker Setup Revisited, QoBuz Overview, Listener Q's

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 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.

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

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 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. Today's Sponsor: This episode is brought to you by SVS Sound! Check out their dazzling array of subwoofers, SVS Prime Wireless, and the brand spankin new SVS Pinnacle at http://svsound.com

61 MINAPR 17
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38: True Wireless Earbud Bakeoff w/Sennheiser vs. Master & Dynamic, BlueSound Gear, and Your Questions

37: Interview with an Audiophile, with Matt Rockwell

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 afascinatingconversation 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 Audiohttp://greenmountainaudio.com/eos-hd/ Subwoofer: Relhttps://rel.net/shop/powered-subwoofers/serie-ti/t9i/ Integrated Amp: Jeff Rowland https://www.jeffrowlandgroup.com/continuum-s2/ DAC:http: Aesthetix Pandora with Signature Upgrade //aesthetix.net/digital.php Digital Source: Custom Ubuntu 18.04 Linux, Real-Time Kernel. Running Roon/Tidal and JRiver Media Player Headphones: Speaker Man - Ether :https://www.mrspeakers.com/headphones-22/ether.html Headphone Amp: Amp Sound : https://ampsandsound.com/products/kenzie-headphone-amp Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Oval 9https://www.analysis-plus.com/product/home-audio/speaker-cables/black-mesh-oval-9/ Digital Interface: Off-Ramp-4https://www.stereophile.com/content/empirical-audio-ramp-4-usb-format-converter Power Conditioning: Running Springs Jaco :http://www.tonepublications.com/review/running-springs-audio-jaco-power-conditioner/ Power Cables: Shunyata Venom : https://shunyata.com/products/power-cables/venom-hc/ Interconnects (RCA and XLR: Audo Magic Liquid-Air :https://www.audio-magic.com/files/128166265.pdf Today's Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by SVS. SVS makes some of the best bang for the buck in high-end audio. Check them out at http://svsound.com

65 MINAPR 3
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37: Interview with an Audiophile, with Matt Rockwell

36: The Great USB Cable Bake-Off, Audio News, Your Questions

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. Follow us on Instagram at http://instagram.com/beginneraudiophile

40 MINMAR 13
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36: The Great USB Cable Bake-Off, Audio News, Your Questions

35: 2019 Audiophile Gear "Bargains"

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.

36 MINFEB 27
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35: 2019 Audiophile Gear "Bargains"

Latest Episodes

44: New Gear For Beginner Audiophiles

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

33 MIN3 w ago
Comments
44: New Gear For Beginner Audiophiles

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 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

31 MINSEP 4
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43: New "King of True Wireless" Earbuds, News from Emotiva, Powered Bookshelf Comparo, and more!

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 (@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

40 MINJUL 19
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42: Anatomy of an Affordable, KILLER 2 Channel/Home Theater Setup

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 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/ This episode brought to you by SVS. Check out the amazing offerings, including the Prime Wireless Bookshelves, at the SVS Website Here. (http://svsound.com)

56 MINJUN 19
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41: Re-Imagining The "Audiophile Conference", T.H.E. Show Review

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 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.

71 MINJUN 5
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40: Speaker Setup Revisited, QoBuz Overview, Listener Q's

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 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.

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

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 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. Today's Sponsor: This episode is brought to you by SVS Sound! Check out their dazzling array of subwoofers, SVS Prime Wireless, and the brand spankin new SVS Pinnacle at http://svsound.com

61 MINAPR 17
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38: True Wireless Earbud Bakeoff w/Sennheiser vs. Master & Dynamic, BlueSound Gear, and Your Questions

37: Interview with an Audiophile, with Matt Rockwell

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 afascinatingconversation 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 Audiohttp://greenmountainaudio.com/eos-hd/ Subwoofer: Relhttps://rel.net/shop/powered-subwoofers/serie-ti/t9i/ Integrated Amp: Jeff Rowland https://www.jeffrowlandgroup.com/continuum-s2/ DAC:http: Aesthetix Pandora with Signature Upgrade //aesthetix.net/digital.php Digital Source: Custom Ubuntu 18.04 Linux, Real-Time Kernel. Running Roon/Tidal and JRiver Media Player Headphones: Speaker Man - Ether :https://www.mrspeakers.com/headphones-22/ether.html Headphone Amp: Amp Sound : https://ampsandsound.com/products/kenzie-headphone-amp Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Oval 9https://www.analysis-plus.com/product/home-audio/speaker-cables/black-mesh-oval-9/ Digital Interface: Off-Ramp-4https://www.stereophile.com/content/empirical-audio-ramp-4-usb-format-converter Power Conditioning: Running Springs Jaco :http://www.tonepublications.com/review/running-springs-audio-jaco-power-conditioner/ Power Cables: Shunyata Venom : https://shunyata.com/products/power-cables/venom-hc/ Interconnects (RCA and XLR: Audo Magic Liquid-Air :https://www.audio-magic.com/files/128166265.pdf Today's Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by SVS. SVS makes some of the best bang for the buck in high-end audio. Check them out at http://svsound.com

65 MINAPR 3
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37: Interview with an Audiophile, with Matt Rockwell

36: The Great USB Cable Bake-Off, Audio News, Your Questions

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. Follow us on Instagram at http://instagram.com/beginneraudiophile

40 MINMAR 13
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36: The Great USB Cable Bake-Off, Audio News, Your Questions

35: 2019 Audiophile Gear "Bargains"

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.

36 MINFEB 27
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35: 2019 Audiophile Gear "Bargains"