beginner audiophile | hifi | gear reviews | stereo | hi-end audio
By 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.
||Clean32: Emotiva's Founder, Dan Laufman | CES Quick Hits on AMT and True Wireless Earbuds||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...||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: New LG OLED 4k, Dolby ATMOS, Micca In-Ceiling/Wall Speakers, Your Questions...||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...||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: Talking Roon with Dipin Sehdev from Roon Labs||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...||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: Hi-Res Music on Your iPhone, Marantz SR8012 Review, How To Build Your System, and More...||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...||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Home Theater, Automation, Cool Speakers, Rad TV's, and MORE at CEDIA 2018!||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...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: The State of The Audiophile | Klipsch "The Sixes" Review | Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds||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...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: Nice Speaker Setup Vs. Nice Headphone Setup...Which is Better?||Today’s theme: Good headphones vs. “Good Stereo” The News: LAAS CANCELED ROON 1.5 is out DIY Audio Amp Camp Amp https://diyaudiostore.com/collections/frontpage/products/amp-camp-amp-kit?variant=7072933085218 Kirby Meets Audio on YouTube...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Bookshelves + Sub VS. Tower Speakers, and KEF LS50 Wireless First Impressions||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...||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: The Headphone Show! CanJam 2018, "Bang for the buck" cables, Joe Harley of AudioQuest, and More||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...||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Buying Older Gear, Marantz AVR Review, Setting up your Audition Songs, Your Questions…||Patrick Norton and Michael O’Neal catch up on the latest news, what gear is in the review funnel, and talk about the Elac Debut 2.0. Then we talk about how to set yourself up to audition gear at a stereo show or a conference.||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Talking Amps & Watts with Patrick Norton, The Winner of the 1moreUSA Triples, & Your Questions!||Episode 22 of Beginner Audiophile is jam packed! Patrick Norton Co-Hosts this one with Michael O’Neal. We talk about the reality vs. myth of amps vs. watts in amplifiers, dig into reviews of the Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless and the Hive Home Securi||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Gear, Gear, and More Gear. CES Wrapup Part II, with Harris Fogel||On today's ep. Harris and I talk about what we saw and heard at CES. We've also got a new contest where you can win a pair of 1moreUSA Triple Driver Earbuds!||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: CES Wrap-Up Part 1, with Patrick Norton||Patrick Norton (http://tekthing.com) joins me, through a hacking cough, to wrap up all things audio and home theater we discovered at CES (The Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas at the beginning of January 2018.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: A Recent Historical Primer of the Audiophile||Today’s episode is an excerpt from a fantastic New Yorker article entitled “Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide” written by David Denby. (Click here to read the entire article) It does such a great job explaining what an||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: The Vinyl Revival, and Killer Systems You Can Afford||On today’s show we chat with Matthew from Vinyl Revival in Melbourne Australia. We had a great convo about the renaissance of “good” audio, getting huge bang for the buck out of your turntable, and his choices for systems costing $1000, $2500,||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Beginner Audiophile Returns! New York Audio Show Breakdown & Listener Q&A!||Fellow audio nerds! We’re back. After a long (inadvertent) haitus, BA is back. Michael gives a breakdown of how audio works based on a great analogy by Steve Guttenberg, then digs into a bunch of your questions. Then,||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Everything You Want to Know About Subwoofers, But Were Afraid To Ask||Ahhhhhh….subwoofers. That “Punch you in the chest” feeling when your favorite song really moves you. Although subwoofers are easy to plug in and turn up loud, that doesn’t give us a true audiophile experience.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: How To Audition Like a Pro, Sonus Faber Speaker Review, and more!||On this episode of Beginner Audiophile Harris and Michael talk about what a pro-audio show is like, and our secret to maintaining consistency as we audition gear. Michael then reviews the Sonus Faber Principia 1 Bookshelf Speakers,||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: The Turntable/ Record Player Renaissance, and Why You Should Care||Today we’re talking a bit of turntables, and what it takes to set one up. Turntables used to be the “gold standard” for listening, until digital files came along. Now, we are romanticizing the process…and it’s well worth it.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: How To Audition New Gear, Unboxing Some Cool Stuff, & Reviewing Some Awesome Earbuds||On today’s episode, after we catch up, we talk about unboxing some new Sonus Faber and Pro-Ject gear, including Michael’s first Turntable. Then we jump into how to audition new audio gear, especially speakers.||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Songs To Test and Tune Your System With, Backing Up Your Audio, and More!||On today’s show Harris and Michael talk about songs and albums they use to “test and tune” their systems. We also briefly talk about a couple pieces of gear we are testing: The AudioControl Rialto 600 integrated amplifier,||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Wireless Technologies, USB DAC Review, New Music Recommendations||On today’s show, after catching up with Harris and Michael, we talk about DTS-PlayFi and other wireless home technologies, give some feedback on the ELAC UB5, Harris reviews the AudioQuest Dragonfly and the Night Owl carbon headphones,||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: A BIG Announcement, LA Audio Show Wrapup, Anthem MRX 1120 Review, and YOUR questions!||On today’s show we have a special announcement! We have a new Co-host, Mr. Harris Fogel! (Star of Episode 9) Harris has been in the biz for many many years, and will offer years of “insider” perspective.||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: 4 Epic LA Audio Show Interviews, starring Sonus Faber/Mcintosh, 1MoreUSA, Paradigm, and Cambridge Audio||Just back from the LA Audio Show, and we got some GREAT interviews with William Kline of Sonus Faber/Mcintosh, Ari Morguelan from 1MoreUSA, Chris Sipes from Paradigm/Anthem, and Gregg Chopper from Cambridge Audio,||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck on Stereo Gear, With Harris Fogel||Harris Fogel (http://maceditionradio.com) joins us for a chat about how he became an audiophile, what kind of gear to look at, and how he’d spend $1500 to get great sound! Gear Guide, Topics & Highlights: Philip Glass – Glassworks Alb||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Speaker Placement 101||No matter how high end your speakers are, you’ve got to put them in the right place to maximize the sound. The old adage says “a cheaper, well placed pair of speakers will sound better than a more expensive, poorly placed set. In this solo episod||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Do Speaker Cables REALLY Matter??||On today’s Beginner Audiophile, we “bake off” 4 different speaker cables from Monster, Blue Jeans, Analysis Plus, and Monoprice to see if A: if we can hear any difference, and B: if the difference is palpable enough for us to make a buying decisio||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Resolution Demystified, Oppo Sonica DAC/Streamer Review, What is The WAF?||On today’s Beginner Audiophile, we start by explaining the WAF, audio file resolution, and Michael gives an aptX update. Then we jump into the review of the OPPO Sonica DAC and what made a huge difference while we tested it. Finally,||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: When Things Go Terribly Wrong…||…or at least, when things don’t go the way you expect them to. Today’s episode is about patience. I received a piece of gear that I couldn’t get to connect to the interwebs, and Paul and I fiddled for hours with the Oppo Sonica DAC until we g||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: The Great Subwoofer Bake-Off, and Nicholas Brown of SVS||On today’s show, Paul and I test out various ways to integrate a subwoofer into your 2-channel and multichannel system, including doing the infamous “subwoofer crawl”. We also check in with Nicholas Brown from SVS live from CES,||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: A Deep Dive Interview with Andrew Jones, The Speaker Designer Who’s Breaking The Rules of the Audiophile Industry||Today’s show is a real treat. We got to sit down with Andrew Jones (Of TAD / Pioneer Fame) of ELAC. We’d first heard of Andrew a couple years ago when he made these insanely affordable Elac Debut B6 Speakers (See Episode 1 for A Review of these||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Michael’s System, and The Great Headphone Bake-Off, Starring 1MoreUSA, Audio-Technica, & Mr. Speaker||Today Michael tells the story of how he fell down the rabbit whole of audiophilia and walks us through his reference system. Then, we do the Great Headphone Bake-Off, volume 1, testing $100 vs $150 vs $1800 headphones.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Origin of Beginner Audiophile, Paul’s System Walkthrough, Testing PS Audio Sprout/ELAC System||Origin of Beginner Audiophile. Our audiophile stories. What IS an audiophile. Tour of Paul’s system. We test the ELAC B6 and Sprout. Gear Guide: Paradigm Monitor 7 speakers Tidal Chromecast 1MOREUSA E1001 Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones 1M||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Finally a show dedicated to high end audio!
This show is great. It's a couple of real guys talking about what REALLY sounds better in the audiophile world, instead of the nonsense. And I'm not just saying that because I'm the host.
Ok, I am slightly biased.
Just what the doctor ordered for the beginner audiophile.
I know very little about audio. Episode 1 was full of value nuggets. The hosts seem very knowledgeable. They spoke to my level of expertise and never sounded pretentious. I feel much more informed after only one episode. Looking forward to the next episode.
Good show, misleading name
There is nothing beginner about this podcast. The second guy talks about multi thousand dollar headphones and cables. The lead guy swears by HD audio downloads when it’s been proven that you can’t hear the difference in double blind tests. How do you upsample analog recordings from the 70s? It’s hard to take their gear reviews serious when they believe in placebo nonsense. No difference from the golden ear, magic cable people.