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08-21-2017 | By John Marks

Equipment for Making Archival Digital Copies of an LP, Part 2: Rega Research Ltd. Planar 3 Turntable Package

Herein we have part two of our good audio friend John Marks, he of The Tannhauser Gate blogging fame, in which he continues his series on transferring and digitizing LPs in a cost-effective way. Many PF readers will find this series to be of assistance, as they seek to archive their valuable, but so very fragile, analog records.... Read More »

08-15-2017 | By Marc Phillips


DIVA 3DCD-2017, CD $17.99, available at http://divajazz.com/sights-and-sounds/recordings/3divas_cd/ Should it matter that the music you're listening to is performed entirely by women? That's the problem I had right out of the gate when it came to reviewing this eponymous debut CD from three supremely talented jazz musicians—pianist Jackie Warren, bassist Amy Shook, and drummer Sherrie Maricle.... Read More »

08-14-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Fidata HFAS1-S10U Network Server/Files Player

I believe that the hottest word recently used by people listening to decent quality music is Tidal. Tidal is a paid streaming service offering music files in a lossless 16/44 FLAC quality (high quality CD) and hi-res video; The latest addition is the Tidal Master, which offers hi-res PCM audio encoded in MQA (Master Quality... Read More »

08-12-2017 | By John Marks

Equipment for Making Archival Digital Copies of an LP Phonorecord, Part 1

This is a fascinating new series from our good friend John Marks, editor of The Tannhauser Gate. In it, John proposes to provide a reasonably simple and affordable method for converting LPs to digital files for playback on computer-based systems. I think that his comments will be quite helpful for those of our readers here at PF who... Read More »

08-06-2017 | By Jeff Day

An Adventure in the Art of Tone with the Duelund Coherent Audio DCA Series of Tinned-Copper Cables, Part 1

Back in Issue 88 of Positive Feedback I wrote about the Duelund Coherent Audio DCA16GA tinned-copper audio cable that I've been using for building interconnects, loudspeaker cables, and for the internal wiring of my Tannoy Westminster Royal SE loudspeakers' Duelund CAST external crossovers. That was a scant seven months ago, and now due to popular... Read More »

08-04-2017 | By Michael Zisserson

From Digital to Digital: Converting a Library from Spinning Discs to Network Based Audio with the Bricasti Design M1 Network Player

Bricasti Design surpasses their already world-class performance with a new Network Player option for the M1 DAC. Since the Network Player provides an option for computer based media files that is not simply a game of swapping convenience for fidelity…It was apparent it was time to undertake the journey of computer-based, networked audio. Change is... Read More »

07-31-2017 | By Jim Merod

Coming Up! Monterey Jazz Bash @ 60

Monterey CA, September 15 – 17, 2017 One of this legendary jazz festival's most star-studded line ups will drive energy and sheer musical glory to its full height this fall in the comfortable expanse of Monterey's bucolic fairgrounds. Tributes to jazz heroes—Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald and Sonny Rollins—will punctuate the weekend. Herbie Hancock... Read More »

07-30-2017 | By Chip Stern

Segovia - The Blue Guitarist

RADIO FREE CHIP Segovia – The Blue Guitarist Ourselves in the tune as if in space, Yet nothing changed, except the place - Wallace Stevens The guitar is a small orchestra.  It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice. - Andrés Segovia In January of 1987, Andrés Segovia embarked on what... Read More »

07-30-2017 | By John Marks

Vintage SME 3009 Tone Arm Rebuild, Part 1

In this exciting episode, our good friend and courageous audio guide John Marks of The Tannhauser Gate (http://www.thetannhausergate.com) announces his intention to take on a rebuild on the venerable SME 309 tone arm. But this project will be with a twist! For part one, and to find out what the twist is, read on, dear reader, read on...... Read More »

07-29-2017 | By Marc Phillips

Sasha Matson's Tight Lines on LP

Like many boomers, I've reached the point in my life where the aesthetics of Mid-Century Americana have become incredibly pleasing. It might be nostalgia, borne from the idea that the world of my childhood looked very different than now but in delightfully subtle ways such as the lines of the furniture in the average living... Read More »

07-29-2017 | By Claude Lemaire

Bill Evans Trio, Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Bill Evans Trio, Sunday at the Village Vanguard. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UD1S 2-002 Box (2017, June), #2103 of 3000. Originally released on Riverside – RLP 9376 (1961, Oct.) Category: jazz. Format: Vinyl (2x180 gram LPs at 45 rpm) Ratings Global Appreciation: 9.6 - Music: A (9.0) - Recording: 9.2 - Remastering + Lacquer Cutting: 10 - Pressing:... Read More » . . . Read More »

07-26-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: The LA Audio Show 2017, My Portraits

David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of Positive Feedback. (Photograph by John Robinson) As time has gone by, I have become more and more interested in covering not only audio shows or events, but also the people there. And not as photojournalism, but as art. Real portraits made during the difficulties of audio show circumstances. Show reporting... Read More »

07-26-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

First Listen to Grado Epoch Phono Cartridge: World Premiere Audition

Great news! John Grado and Grado Labs have come out with a brand new reference Grado cartridge, and were kind enough to send me a review sample for me to try and to report to our readers worldwide here at Positive Feedback.  The Grado Epoch Phono Cartridge premieres in August, 2017 and is a cartridge of firsts! ... Read More »

07-26-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Dan Zimmerman Music Video: "It All Happened So Fast"

Those of you who have been reading Positive Feedback for a long while will likely recognize the name Dan Zimmerman. He is a very close friend and fellow sojourner with me, and we have many deep interests in common:  film, painting, photography, videos, poetry, philosophy, Christian life and thought, and spirituality...the list is a long one.... Read More »

07-21-2017 | By Jim Merod

Playback Designs Integrated Single Chassis Sonic Masterpiece: The IPS-3

What? My first "hi fi" stereo box, in 1957, was an elegantly constructed Magnavox LP changer with a built-in amp-preamp feeding two inch mono speakers. All of this consumed a minimal internal and external footprint. The device sat on splayed legs to raise it to easy access. It made sound of some discernible sort resembling... Read More »

07-19-2017 | By Scott Dorsey

AES 2017 Berlin

The Audio Engineering Shows in Europe are much smaller and more oriented toward papers than the trade show, which makes them a good opportunity to sit and talk with people actually doing real audio research. This year AES 2017 Berlin was no exception. The conference was held in a hotel on the former East German... Read More »

07-14-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: The Sonoma Acoustics Model One Headphones [UPDATED]

[Readers who read this article before the afternoon of 7/20/17 should re-read this amended version. In it, I correct a misapprehension that I was under regarding how the Sonoma Acoustics Model One handles DSD sources. You'll want to see what I have to say.] I like headphones. Heck, I love headphones. Always have, going back to my... Read More »

07-13-2017 | By Jeremy Kipnis

From the Kipnis Studios (KSS) - A Cursory History of My Exploration into AC Power Filtration, Regeneration, and the Proximate Effect of Weird Enhancements on Audio Recording & Playback

High end audio is one of those hobbies where there are a seemingly endless number of tweaks and refinements one can add to an existing stereo system, presumably to make it sound better. Who hasn't played around with isolation pucks or cables at some point or another? But often critics of audiophilia start out with... Read More »

07-07-2017 | By Stephen Francis Vasta

Mephisto & Co.

LISZT: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (with two concert endings). MUSSORGSKY: Night on Bald Mountain. LIADOV: Baba Yaga. FRANCK: The Accursed Huntsman. DUKAS: The Sorcerer's Apprentice. SAINT-SAËNS: Danse macabre. ARNOLD: Tam O'Shanter.  J.STRAUSS II: Lucifer Polka. Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue. Reference Recordings RR-82CD.  TT: 71.56 DOWNLOADS: Amazon.com (mp3); emp3s.co (mp3); itunes.apple.com; qobuz.com ("16-bit" mp3);  referencerecordings.com (Apple lossless, FLAC,... Read More »

07-03-2017 | By John Marks

John McLaughlin and the Tonight Show Big Band, "Cherokee"

Dear friend and fellow sojourner John Marks once again shares a musical morsel with us, originally published on his blog site, The Tannhauser Gate (http://www.thetannhausergate.com). This is a fine video of the guitar master, John McLaughlin, swingin' with Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show band. As John observes below, what can one say? As the ancient Romans would... Read More »

07-01-2017 | By Positive Feedback

The Higher End - The Beginning of the Positive Feedback "Online"

To celebrate our 15th year of publishing Positive Feedback as a 'webzine', we are re-running the article David Robinson wrote (Issue 1, June, 2002) introducing the new partnership between audioMUSINGS and Positive Feedback and the resulting new web format. Oh, and we dropped the "Online" part a awhile ago... We were so young-er-ish (circa 2005). "Yes, I can teach... Read More »

07-01-2017 | By Positive Feedback

The Lowther Medallion II Loudspeakers 

This article, by Jeff Silverstein, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print - Vol. 8, No. 2, 1999. I miss my Lowther Medallion II loudspeakers. A lot. I had them for a while in 1998 and got to hear some magical sound. Tony Glynn of the Lowther Club of America (he is the Lowther Club of America)... Read More »

07-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Acoustic Revive RAS-14 Triple-C and RPC-1

The bad is a magical space Whispers screams and laughter There is room for happiness There is room for sin It's an island of pleasure A sea of loneliness It's a place of birth And a door to nothingness Olga Jackowska, Łóżko in: Maanam, Łóżko, Kamiling Co. | Pomaton EMI 852718, CD (1996) Let's replace... Read More »

07-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

A Few Simple Words About the Future of Audio, Munich High End 2017 Interviews

People keep on learning that this year I skipped this or that room, missed one or another presentation, or did not manage to come to some appointments. I justify myself, giving lack of time as an excuse (which is true), but it does not absolve me from the fact that I simply did not manage... Read More »

06-29-2017 | By Roger Skoff

Raising Hi-Fi Consciousness

Roger Skoff writes about bringing new people into our Audiophile hobby There will be a total of three Hi-Fi shows just in California this year. The first of them, the Los Angeles Audio Show ("LAAS") has already happened and I loved it. I saw a great many of my friends; had the wonderful honor of... Read More »

06-27-2017 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Osorio Plays Brahms and Schubert; Bostridge's Schubert; Bartok Quartets by the Heath Quartet; Gardiner's St. Matthew Passion; Leonard Bernstein's Solo Piano Music

Jorge Federico Osorio, Final Thoughts. Last Piano Works of Schubert and Brahms. Çedille CDR 90000171. I grew up on the music of the late nineteenth century—Brahms was the center of my initial musical universe, the symphonies in particular. As is often the case if you 'grow up' on a particular style and composer  (unless you... Read More »

06-25-2017 | By John Marks

Frank Sinatra's Hi-Fi, circa 1947

Well, lawdy Miss Clawdy! John Marks' latest republication from The Tannhauser Gate is compact, but delicious. A shout from the past, really, right after World War II, but before Bing Crosby's Ampex Corporation with its pilfered Nazi technology that we today call "tape recorders" hit the scene. 78s everywhere, of course; no LPs to be seen. A... Read More »

06-24-2017 | By Gary L Beard

PS Audio's New Huron Operating System for the DirectStream Junior DAC

It's been a little over a year since PS Audio's DirectStream Junior DAC landed in the Tune Saloon. I gave it a well-deserved two-thumbs up in my PF review, HERE. Since that time, DS Junior been the primary source for my digital audio system. The beating heart of the DSJ (and big bro DirectStream), is its custom Field... Read More »

06-24-2017 | By Claude Lemaire

Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 4

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair"... 31. The Beatles. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Parlophone PCS 7027 (1967), MoFi ‎– MFSL 1-100 (JVC) (1983), 33 1/3 rpm). Genre: rock, psychedelic, art rock, baroque pop, raga, avant-garde It was fifty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught... Read More »

06-17-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: The GamuT Reference System, a Study in Organic Synergy

Sometimes you write reviews. Sometimes you write raves. And sometimes you write love songs… Introduction "Sherman, set the Way-Back Machine to THE Show Newport Beach Michael Vamos. I met him a few years ago at a THE Show at Newport Beach. He had just started his high-end audio distribution biz, Audio Skies (http://www.audioskies.com), at around... Read More »

06-16-2017 | By Robert Schryer

Klipsch Pilgrimage, 2017 - A Story About Speakers, People, and Hope

by Dave Mallette with assistance from Robert Schryer In 2014, a dozen of us from the Klipsch Community Internet forum held our first, the first, Forum-sponsored Klipsch Pilgrimage, at a motel in Hope, Arkansas, cradle of the Klipsch speaker company. It was an event intended to honor Klipsch and its founder, Paul Wilbur Klipsch (PWK),... Read More »

06-16-2017 | By Marc Phillips

The Secret Sisters, You Don't Own Me Anymore

New West Records BO6XPTH66X, LP $20.98, Amazon.com When it comes to harmonizing singers, who's your favorite group? The Beach Boys? Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young? The Fleet Foxes, who finally put out a somewhat troublesome yet utterly charming third album this week? My personal pick—John Doe and Exene from X—may be off the beaten path,... Read More »

06-15-2017 | By John Marks

Joel Fredericksen and Ensemble Phoenix Munich, Requiem for a Pink Moon

Good friend John Marks once again shares with PF readers the rich trove of musical discoveries that he shelters at his blog site, The Tannhauser Gate.  In this case, we have the delight of hearing the fusion of Elizabethan modalities with...mirabile dictu!...none other than a particular favorite of mine, Nick Drake. As unlikely as it seems, the... Read More »

06-10-2017 | By Carol Clark

Los Angeles Audio Show Part Five

Continuing on with our coverage of the Los Angeles Audio Show... Part Five. ELAC. Stellar speakers for $6k a pair. MBL radialstrahler loudspeakers, new Noble Line stereo preamplifier, mono amplifier, and CD-DAC N31. Wireworld Eclipse Series 7 cabling. Perfect8, High End Zone, Ypsilon, Aurender. Rafe Arnott of Part-Time Audiophile checking the gear out. Perfect8 loudspeaker.... Read More »

06-09-2017 | By Greg Weaver

Munich High End 2017 - The Greatest Audio Show on Earth?

Bavarian Spring My flight landed at Flughafen München in Munich, the Bavarian capital and third most populous city in Germany, exactly on time, mid-morning Wednesday, May 17th. After stretching, collecting my bag, changing some currency from US dollars to Euro's, and using a vending machine to buy a Day Travel Pass for Munich's extensive public... Read More »

06-05-2017 | By Adam Goldfine

An Interview with Dan D'Agostino

Dan D'Agostino is a name that is nearly synonymous with high end audio. As the founder of Krell, Dan pioneered the development of high powered, Class A, solid-state amplifiers that were nearly indestructible and could drive any speaker load presented to it. They were among the first solid-state components to provide a viable alternative to... Read More »



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Fiio X5 Gen III Digital Audio...

08-21-2017 | By Tom Gibbs

Last year I reviewed Fiio's M3 DAP, which broke the mold and set new standards for great-sounding, CD-quality, microscopically sized DAPs at the sub-$100 USD price point. But if you wanted a more full-featured... Read More »

KR Audio P-135 Preamplifier

08-14-2017 | By Brad Morrical

The little preamplifier that could? KR Audio is the now relatively well known Czech amplifier brand that made its name on very big, and big sounding, tubes and tube amplifiers. Who, in the audiophile world, doesn't know the... Read More »

Core Power Technologies EQUI=CORE...

08-13-2017 | By Victor Chavira

Image courtesy of Tweek Geek Power conditioners are an essential part of a high fidelity audio system. The reproduction of musical sounds in our homes begins with AC power. Unfortunately, AC power is susceptible to all... Read More »

Elac Discovery Music Server

08-10-2017 | By Larry Cox

Computer audio is a little bit like Sauron's "Ring." It promises audiophiles control over their digital files, easier access to information about the music they are listening to and even dominion over the information from... Read More »

Accuphase DP-560 Super Audio CD...

08-06-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

The Compact Disc player launched some time ago by the Norwegian Hegel Audio company was called the Mohican. It is a clear allusion to The Last of the Mohicans, a novel by James Fenimore Cooper from the year 1826, which... Read More »

World Premiere Review of the Grado...

08-02-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

The Grado Epoch Phono Cartridge has become available this August, 2017, and takes its place as Grado's supreme cartridge offering. With my hands-on experience using the Grado Statement 1 and Statement 2, the Statement 2... Read More »

Studio Electric FS1 Loudspeakers

07-29-2017 | By Dan Schwartz

I've used the same pair of speakers for 22 years. (And they still surprise me.) They're nameless and were made for me by Richard Marsh: a pair of Dynaudio cabinets with Dynaudio drivers and crossovers built by Richard. He... Read More »

Unique Innovation Technology...

07-22-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

At the recent LA Audio Show packed with manufacturers—many known to me, but also many surprises—I noticed a table loaded with sharp-looking cables and manned by a gentleman I knew: Mitch Ko. His previous company, INEX,... Read More »

Stein Music Power System, World...

07-22-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

   The Stein Music Powerbar 10 Signature (US version) With a track record of doing the amazing and, occasionally, the impossible, Stein Music of Germany introduces a power distribution system that works effectively and... Read More »

Kimber Kable Axios USB Cable: ...

07-16-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

Hot off the assembly line in Ogden, Utah, comes Ray Kimber's very latest thinking in USB cable design. With five other models listed, starting at $50, this tour-de-force design is a semi-affordable $900 for a meter. This is... Read More »

Koeppel Design Record Dividers

07-15-2017 | By Danny Kaey

It was about fifteen, sixteen odd years ago that I fell into the "vinyl" trap. Sure, growing up mom and pop had records, mostly of the classical Deutsche Gramophone variety; my ten years older brother had vastly greater... Read More »

Doshi Audio V3.0 Tapestage:...

07-15-2017 | By Myles B. Astor

To go reel-to-reel tape or high resolution digital? That was the question facing this basically all analog person some ten years ago. No, there wasn't a lot of tape software available at the time but the same held true for... Read More »

The Murasakino Musique Analogue...

07-14-2017 | By Jeff Day

Ever since the first moving-coil phonograph cartridge was developed in 1948 by Holger Christian Arenstein (the Ortofon Mono-A), phono cartridge designers have been working at maximizing & refining the performance of... Read More »

NSMT M100 Loudspeakers

07-01-2017 | By Francisco Duran

For many years my music has been enjoyed through small, two-way stand mounted speakers. Although ones listening room usually dictates the size of the speaker they purchase, my 12X20 foot den can accommodate speakers bigger... Read More »

A Tale of Two Power Cables - TARA...

07-01-2017 | By Marshall Nack

One Monday night at Carnegie Hall, we found ourselves in the second row orchestra, way over on the right, in front of and looking up at the double basses (our eyes were level with the stage). When you purchase discount... Read More »

Wireworld Eclipse 7 Cables

06-28-2017 | By John Hoffman

The years 2015 and 2016 was a major transition for my family. A promotion for my wife resulted in the remodeling and eventual sale of our home on the East side of Washington state, which had been our home base for over 15... Read More »


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Bryston Launches BP-173 Preamplifier

New preamp is the first to employ patented Salomie input circuit and new feature set with highly flexible input/output array Peterborough,...

Audio Skies is Now the North American Distributor …

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Burwell & Sons Bring "Plain Jane", New Model …

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Ein neues Topmodell von Grandinote erblickt das Licht der High-End-Welt. Hat die Genesi Vorstufe...

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Dieser Music-Streamer mit ungewöhnlicher technischer Ausstattung kommt aus den Niederlanden.