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07-03-2015 | By Dan Schwartz

My Dinner With Paul – or – Design and Direction: Getting Up, or Getting Down

On Friday, after T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach—actually in Irvine—California, I went to dinner with PS Audio's Paul McGowan and company: Arnie Nudell, Bill Leebens, Scott Schroeder and Paul's son, Scott. Ostensibly, I was there to talk about something Paul wants to do that will probably involve me. But the talk took an interesting direction…. Read More »

07-02-2015 | By Roger Skoff

Cars and Watches and HiFi: Roger Skoff Writes About the Things We Buy

What kind of a watch does James Bond wear? That's easy; everybody knows that, at least as written by Ian Fleming, it's a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Now, what kind of a car does he drive? Odds are that, whether in a book or a movie, it's an Aston-Martin, a Lotus, a BMW, or a Bentley… Read More »

07-01-2015 | By John Acton

Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett cites a poster hanging in her Grandmother's bathroom when she was a child as inspiration for the title of her first full-length album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom+Pop Records MP221-2). Distilling the mundane into lyrical profundity extends beyond just the titular for Barnett, whose songs on… Read More »

07-01-2015 | By Dave Clark

THE Show – Newport 2015, Part 2

To reiterate from Part 1… Before we get to our show report… here are a few general thoughts on shows and the people who attend: People count, in most cases, more than gear. You have to have an emotional connection to whatever is playing, so if your room is empty it might be because you… Read More »

06-30-2015 | By David W. Robinson

The Higher End: Welcome to the New Look of Positive Feedback!

At last! And welcome! The NEW-LOOK Positive Feedback Web site will be going live on July 1, 2015, with the launch of Issue 80. You'll see that we've spent an enormous lot of time, effort, and money to take PF to a state-of-the-art new publication system. The results speak for themselves, as you'll see:  A… Read More »

06-29-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

Two Really Strong Reference Quality CDs for Audiophiles

Sagebrush Rebellion Papillon Recordings  BluePort Jazz, BPJ-024 Producer: Dmitri Matheny Recording Engineer: Jim Merod Mastered by: Jim Merod and Steve McCormack Recorded Live at Dizzy's in San Diego, CA, 11/29/13  [Image courtesy of Dmitri Matheny and BluPort Jazz] Dedicated to the artistry of Art Farmer, four stellar jazz musicians (Dmitri Matheny on flugelhorn, Nick Manson playing piano,… Read More »

06-29-2015 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Bartok and Erickson.

Bartok. Sonatas for Violin Nos. 1 and 2; Sonata for Solo Violin. Barnabás Kelemen, violin; Zoltán Kocsis, piano. Hungaroton HSACD 32515. SACD. How do you like your Bartok? Do you like Bartok? It took me several years to persuade a good fellow graduate student (who knew a lot about music) to believe me when I… Read More »

06-28-2015 | By Steve Lefkowicz

THE Show Newport 2015 – Part 1

The past few years I've been pretty soured on the whole Audio Show routine. Too much excessively high priced equipment being demonstrated to appeal to a smaller and smaller market of ultra rich clients, left me feeling I'd be more welcome in a yacht club membership committee meeting than most of the rooms exhibiting at… Read More »

06-28-2015 | By Dave Clark

THE Show Newport 2015, Part 1

Before we get to our show report… here are a few general thoughts on shows and the people who attend: People count, in most cases, more than gear. You have to have an emotional connection to whatever is playing, so if your room is empty it might be because you are playing music that is… Read More »

06-28-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Reviewers’ View, THE Show Newport 2015: David Robinson and Peter Breuninger of AV Showrooms.com, Our Final Show Impressions Part 2

Watch David Robinson and Peter Breuninger of AV Showrooms.com, share their thoughts on the THE Show Newport 2015 on YouTube Part 2 Courtesy of AV Showrooms . . . Read More »

06-28-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Reviewers’ View, THE Show Newport 2015: David Robinson and Peter Breuninger of AV Showrooms.com, Our Final Show Impressions Part 1

Watch David Robinson and Peter Breuninger of AV Showrooms.com, share their thoughts on the THE Show Newport 2015 on YouTube Part 1 Courtesy of AV Showrooms   . . . Read More »

06-28-2015 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings – Acoustic Imagery Atsah Amplifiers and Jay-Sho Passive

Last late Winter… or early, early pre-Spring, depending on how you prefer your "pretty much the same with some slight differences, though not really all that much" seasons here is SoCal, I found myself staring at John Young's Acoustic Imagery Atsah (Htpex NCore 1200 Class D power amplifiers, $9995/ pair based on the Hypex NC1200… Read More »

06-18-2015 | By Brian Moura

DSD and Analog: The Great Convergence

The recent edition of THE Show Newport was held at the Hotel Irvine and featured not only a host of audio exhibits and demonstrations, but also a series of seminars titled "Audio University". One of these sessions focused on the similarities between Single, Double, and Quad bit rate DSD and Analog Recording. The panelists have… Read More »

06-14-2015 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings – Verastarr Grand Illusion AC Power Cords

Verastarr Grand Illusion AC power cords ($2500 in 6 foot length) use high purity copper metal foils and produce a musical presentation that is big, bold, and robust. Not to be clichéd here, but being a copper-based cable, and using lots of copper to address skin effect with its four 2-inch wide foils, music with… Read More »

06-10-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Niemen, NIEMEN, or the Red album, or Człowiek jam niewdzięczny

Style of the work of Czesław Niemen is very heterogenic. It covers big-beat, progressive work, rock with jazz elements, blues-rock, avant-garde, and electronic music—you will find all these elements in his works. The period from 1967, the year of his debut album Dziwny jest ten świat… till 2001 was the most interesting period in popular… Read More »

06-08-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Miyajima Laboratory MC Cartridge

Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine (jap. 石清水八幡宮) is one of the three most important Hachiman-gu Shintō shrines in Japan. It was founded in 859 by the monk Gyokyo on the instructions of the Emperor Seiwa in Yawata. Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu enshrines Hachiman, the God of War, associated with the mythical Emperor Ojin. Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu was built for the… Read More »

06-04-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Trilogy 925 – Integrated Amplifier

As I already mentioned once (in the review of Wow Audio Lab L1/M1 amplifier), Audio Show in Warsaw is a place for me to collect information. Not necessarily about the sound but rather about brands, products and people. But I always welcome a nice surprise, I mean a really good sounding system. Such a system,… Read More »

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Ultimate Ears Model 10 Reference...

07-02-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

The old proverb is false. You can teach an old dog new tricks! After 55 years as an audiophile, I finally have inner ear monitors (IEMs) that are not hearing aids! They are Ultimate Ears Reference Pro Monitors developed for... Read More »
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Audionet PAM G2 Phono Preamplifier...

07-02-2015 | By Marshall Nack

At a Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance in Carnegie Hall one night I struck up a casual chat with the greybeard seated next to me. I learned he was a retired professional violinist and now, beyond being an enthusiast, he... Read More »
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The iFi Micro iPhono – and...

06-29-2015 | By Bruce Kinch

  If you have followed the trending audiophile markets for headphone amps and DACs, you've probably stumbled across the iFi line of shiny, pocket-sized electronics much as I did. iFi is the budget brainstorm of UK... Read More »
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The Art of the Subtle – The...

06-29-2015 | By Al Chieng

Although a stalwart in many the audiophile setup, you can really see the resurgence of analog playback in mainstream society. Even chain stores are now trying to tap into the market where it once was deemed prehistoric,... Read More »
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Funk Audio 6.1P Loudspeakers

06-29-2015 | By Victor Chavira

Nathan Funk resides in Canada. Nathan lives for music. He is handy with shop tools and would love to build you a pair of speakers. That is exactly what Nathan and his team has been doing at their shop in Halfmoon Bay British... Read More »
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Synergistic Research Atmosphere...

06-28-2015 | By Robert S. Youman

Synergistic Research continues to be one of the driving forces in the high end audiophile community. Teaming up with several industry leaders at the various audio shows throughout 2015, their showrooms have been receiving... Read More »
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Pass Laboratories INT-60 Integrated...

06-12-2015 | By Robert S. Youman

Over the past ten years, I have reviewed a half dozen or more products from Pass Labs. I ended up purchasing many of those components. It seems like every time I roll the dice and drift away in another direction, I come... Read More »
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Audio-Technica AT33EV Cartridge

06-12-2015 | By John Hoffman

Audio-Technica was founded in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita; the company's first offerings were the AT-1 and AT-3 phono cartridges. Over the years the company has branched into numerous facets of music reproduction, with... Read More »
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Finite Elemente Pagode APS...

06-12-2015 | By Marshall Nack

I'm no longer responsible. I've relinquished control—the system has taken over. I'm only along for the joyride, afforded aural thrills on a regular basis that are beyond what I could have imagined only... Read More »
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Jasmine LP3.0 MM/MC Phono...

06-07-2015 | By Ken Micallef

Did you know that the sweet jasmine plant is represented by 200 species native to tropical temperate regions of Eurasia, Australasia and Oceania? Or that jasmine is widely cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their... Read More »
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Transfiguration Proteus Moving Coil...

06-07-2015 | By Myles B. Astor

Transfiguration's new top-of-the-line Proteus cartridge is unquestionably one of today's finest moving coil transducers. The Proteus truly excels when mounted in VPI's 3D tonearm at revealing musical nuances,... Read More »
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06-07-2015 | By Francisco Duran

Mama said not to believe rumors and hearsay. And in college we learned the meaning of illicit generalizations. So it was in regards to the sound and performance of Fritz Loudspeakers. A few years back I heard so much about... Read More »
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Audience Adept Response aR2p,...

06-07-2015 | By Steve Kozle

I think we can all agree that, generally speaking, the thought of experiencing a new power supply or conditioning product is not quite as exciting as fresh new speakers and amplifiers. I mean, who really wants to spend all... Read More »
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PS Audio Sprout – A...

05-24-2015 | By Steve Lefkowicz

Over the past several years, one of the big topics in field of high end or perfectionist audio has been how to get new people, and especially younger people, to participate. That means not just getting a new generation to... Read More »
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Ortofon 2M Mono Phono Cartridge

05-24-2015 | By Tom Gibbs

When I first found out last fall that I was getting the new Beatles Mono LP box for review, I contemplated going full-on mono to bring as much authenticity as possible to the process. That would require some serious... Read More »
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Vermouth Audio – Black Pearl...

05-24-2015 | By Steve Lefkowicz

When talking about the controversial topic of audio cables, there are three specific areas that keep getting discussed: Do cables actually sound different? If they do sound different, are any actually better, or are they... Read More »

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PS Audio NuWave DSD is now available! 6/28/15

NuWave DSD is now available! PS Audio, makers of fine audio components since 1974, is excited to announce the availability of the NuWave...

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NEWS RELEASE 3/1/15

exaSound Audio Design, manufacturer of innovative, exceptional fidelity audio products, announced today the introduction of the model e12...

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The Passing Of a Legend – Harry Pearson… From the Heart of Michael Mercer By Michael Mercer

It is with heavy hearts that we must share with you the sad news of the passing of a legendary man. Last night, the...

Ethan Wolf: Our Man in Sweden Part I – How it All Began By Ethan Wolf

As personal audio enthusiasts, most of us have a decent portable rig to get us through the day. Occasionally, it...

Ethan Wolf: Our Man in Sweden Part I – How it All Began By Ethan Wolf

As personal audio enthusiasts, most of us have a decent portable rig to get us through the day. Occasionally, it...

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Transrotor Figaro Pickup (in German) By Dirk Sommer

Wohl selten dürfte in die Entwicklung und Abstimmung eines Tonabnehmers soviel analoge und musikalische Erfahrung...

Auralic Aries Bridge and SBooster(in German) By Wolfgang Kemper

Die Auralic Aries Bridge ist nicht brandneu, wurde aber im ersten Jahr nach Markteinführung im Detail verbessert und...

Unison Sinfonia Integrated Tubeamp By Mathias Jung

High-End-Röhrengeräte werden ja gern außerhalb jeder Konkurrenz gesehen. Geradezu ätherisch der Welt entrückt...

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