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02-01-2016 | By Robert Schryer

Journeys in Audio Subjectivism – Part 3

The $18,000 Challenge, or: "Where the heck was I just now?" The gods of inspiration picked the moment I was fishing out leaves from my pool to wallop me in the head with an idea so unassailable right and fair and potentially fun it felt like I'd been granted a power to make the average... Read More »

02-01-2016 | By Roger Skoff

It's Still Good…

It's Still Good… Roger Skoff writes about buying and enjoying older gear My sister called me the other day and said that she and her husband (a no-kidding world famous junk sculptor) had fifty or a hundred old vinyl records; nearly that many tape cassettes; and "a bunch" (unspecified) of CDs that they wanted to... Read More »

01-30-2016 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Auerbach, Wolpe, Wuorinen.

Homo Ludens. Piano Music of Lera Auerbach. Eli Kalman, piano. Centaur CRC 3441. There are three Lera Auerbachs (1973) in this program, held together by a powerful, singular voice that only becomes clear after extended listening. The first Auerbach we hear is in Images of Childhood (2000), a dozen short idylls focused on Auerbach's childhood... Read More »

01-28-2016 | By Wojciech Pacuła

New Music - Bach and Wyman

J.S. Bach, Motets. Fabio Bonizzoni, Capella Cracoviensis. Alpha ALPHA 199, Compact Disc. Alpha label has been known for years for their sophisticated releases. It was founded in 1999 by Jean-Paul Combet and it's also known for very special covers of their releases, chosen by Denis Grenier. In December 2014 Mr Didier Martin was named the new director, which... Read More »

01-25-2016 | By Brian Moura

Prism Sound Announces Callia DAC/Preamp for Home Audio Market

Prism Sound, makers of recording studio and pro audio A/D and D/A converters and the SADiE digital workstation, has announced plans to enter the home audio market with their first product later this month. The announcement follows similar entries into the home audio market by a series of companies that started in the pro audio... Read More »

01-21-2016 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: Art Pepper Arrives in Double DSD!

In the world of Jazz, there are the greats, the near greats, the great-but-obscure, and the close-but-no-cigar. It's easy (but contentious!) to list the obvious first tier…my own list, in no particular order, would have artists like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Nat King Cole, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Count... Read More »

01-21-2016 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Lumïn M1 Streaming Amplifier/Player

When in 2005 Arcam, a company specializing in multi-box, mid-priced systems introduced their new Solo systems it seemed like a crazy move. The very first Solo 5.1 was in fact a home-theater system. It combined a multi-format transport (DVD, CD, but also SACD and a HDCD decoder!), home theater decoders and five power amps. Soon... Read More »

01-21-2016 | By Carol Clark

In Search of the Perfect Song, the RMAF Edition

I know, Carol when are you going to give the perfect song idea a rest? Well, unlike a 'favorite' song, I think there can be many versions of a 'perfect' song. In fact, this edition of my perfect song series revisits a song from the first article. The difference here is the venue, and the... Read More »

01-21-2016 | By Wojciech Pacuła

JBL 4367 Studio Monitor

The JBL Model 4367 Studio Monitor premiered in October 2015 at CEDIA, and soon after that was also presented during Audio Video Show 2015  in Warsaw. This review is one of the first, if not the first, review of this product in the world. The goal that was set when designing these speakers was simple:... Read More »

01-20-2016 | By Marc Phillips

Janet Feder - THIS CLOSE

I've told this story before, so bear with me. I first met Janet Feder at the 2012 California Audio Show in San Francisco. That was the show that marked the US debut of the KEF LS50 loudspeaker—I know that because I supplied the Unison Research amplification that powered those amazing little Halloween-colored monitors. Janet walked... Read More »

01-18-2016 | By Andy Schaub

Musings on Building a Digital Music Server Goes Portable: The Chord Mojo and the Importance of Synergy

"I know it's only rock 'n roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do" —The Rolling Stones Not that long ago, I was working under contract at a big software company in Silicon Valley. However, I had been having tremendous pain in my right knee, largely from a sports injury, and got the... Read More »

01-17-2016 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur - Favorite Classical Recordings of 2015

Joan Tower. Violin Concerto. Stroke. Chamber Dance. Cho-Liang Lin, violin. Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor. Naxos 8.559775.   New Seasons. Gidon Kremer. Glass, Pärt, Kanchelli, Unabeyashi. Kremerata Baltica. Deutsche Gramophone. DG 4794817.   Rosary Sonatas. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Rachel Podger, violin. David Miller, theorbo and arch lute; Marcin Swiatkiewicz, harpsichord, organ; Jonathan... Read More »

01-14-2016 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Wilhelmina Smith, Cellist; Bridge Records’ American Modernists, Part I.

Wilhelmina Smith, Cello. Britten, Schnittke, and Shostakovich. Thomas Sauer, piano. Arabesque 26801. I had known of Wilhelmina Smith since her career began in the 1990's, knew especially that she played on the wonderful Arabesque album of Copland's chamber music. But I did not know until recently that she had also made a recording as lead.... Read More »

01-14-2016 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings - The Lino Phonostage from Channel D

Phonostages. Or phono preamplifers. Same things. You know, the box or input on your preamp or whatever that takes what is coming from your turntable and makes it into something you can actually appreciate—like music. Right, so let me elaborate… it amplifies the signal and applies the required RIAA curve necessary for proper vinyl playback. Sounds easy,... Read More »

01-13-2016 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings - The Concerto Turntable from Triangle Art

Analog is the thing now. Well for many it has always been the thing, but for many others… it is the new thing. Nice. Great stuff on vinyl and for sure, if done right, it can be quite different than digital. I say different, as better, all depends on the mastering, pressing, quality, etc. I... Read More »

01-04-2016 | By Karl Lozier

New Classical Music

This is Glyndebourne's first ever staging of an opera by Rameau. Though he was well known as an innovator/thinker in the music world, it was not until he was fifty years old before he composed this opera in 1773. It just might be his best opera. Based on a well-known story from long ago, there... Read More »

01-03-2016 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: The Blue Microphones Mo-Fi Powered Headphones

And now for something really different, with a set of reflections that are short, sweet, and right to the point. Last May I was approached by a company I was unfamiliar with, Blue Microphones, to evaluate their new powered headphone, the Mo-Fi. (Yes, I found that name to be interesting, as well. Wonder if the... Read More »

12-31-2015 | By Marek Dyba

Audio Tekne TFA 9501 Preamplifier, TM 8801 Power Amplifiers, and TEA 8695 Phonostage

When in January this year I received an email from Mr Hari Strukelj of Natural Sound asking if I was willing to review one of Audio Tekne's products I had no idea whether this would be a one time gig or maybe I would be given a chance for more encounters with products by this... Read More »

12-31-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Krakow Sonic Society Meeting 99 - Diana Krall Digital Comparison: Compact Disc, SHM-CD, Platinum SHM-CD, FLAC 24/96

I was that close to falling asleep while waiting for the final results of  17. International Chopin Competition that were presented after midnight. The list of awarded musicians was also quite surprising, as my favorite was Kate Liu, and I also keep my fingers crossed for Aimi Kobayashi from Japan. A bronze medal for an... Read More »

12-31-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

We are Audiophiles and Proud of it Project - Remaster, Or When Good is Good Enough

That actually offers us three pieces of information: it is a label ("record label"), it deals with re-issues of recordings, and it is known for "audiophile-quality sound recordings". This label differs from most others as it focuses its efforts on re-issues of already recorded and previously released material, unlike other labels that record and release... Read More »

12-31-2015 | By Stephen Francis Vasta

Mariss Jansons Conducts Shostakovich

Despite the virtual disappearance of EMI Classics as a separate label—having been swallowed into the Warner Music combine—Mariss Jansons's inconsistent but always interesting Shostakovich cycle remains worth examining. (Besides, with online and secondhand shops largely having replaced the big music chains as retail sources, the nominal "availability" of this or that item has become moot:... Read More »

12-29-2015 | By Carol Clark

The 12th Annual Positive Feedback Writers' Choice Awards for 2015 - The Best of the Best! Updated!

Beginning at the end of 2003, PF established its first annual awards for fine audio. The Brutus Award was established for the best that David Robinson and Dave Clark had heard in their own listening rooms during that year. You can think of it as our equivalent of an "Editors' Choice" award. The Gizmo Award,... Read More »

12-27-2015 | By David Williamson

My Top Picks for New Songs in 2015

The 20 songs I played a lot more than other songs this year, in alphabetical-artist-order, that were released in 2015 and that ended up on a list I made at the end of the year in 2015… Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful "Baby Blue" Action Bronson takes himself, and his music, juuuusssttt seriously enough to... Read More »

12-20-2015 | By Gary L Beard

The Audio Circular No. 18: The Merrill Audio Taranis Stereo Amplifier

I first met Merrill Wettasinghe at AXPONA 2014 where he was showing his Veritas monoblock amplifiers with Sadurni horn speakers. It was quite an incredible system, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. After enjoying the Merrill Audio room once again at the 2015 show, Mr. Wettasinghe offered to send me his... Read More »

12-18-2015 | By Myles B. Astor

The Reel Deal: Dealing with Tape Overload

Never in my wildest imagination did I ever foresee myself facing a mountain of reel-to-reel tapes to review in 2015. Sure, some of the backlog is directly traceable to summer AC problems that halted my reviewing for over two months. At the same time, however, it's also an indication of just how many new companies... Read More »

12-18-2015 | By Dan Zimmerman

Breaking Through

[In this brief jotting, Dan Zimmerman, Contributing Artist to Positive Feedback, continues his meditations upon art, music, and creativity. Some of these will be longer…others, shorter. But all of these reflect the understanding of creativity, the arts (including the audio arts), and spirituality in our ongoing search for the transcendent in our lives. Selah. To... Read More »

11-22-2015 | By Scott Dorsey

AES 2015 New York Awards

Best Sound in Show The 78 project brought in a live acoustic band, Sean Walsh and Ray Williams, sat them down in the conference room, stuck a microphone in front of them and recorded them with a portable Presto lathe. The recording, well, it sounded like something out of an old Presto, but the band... Read More »

09-24-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Interview with Michael Lang, Editor of Stereo Magazine

The Editors Series Numbers show how much the world of hobbyist magazines has changed. In a book entitled EISA. Looking Back, Moving Forward published in 2007, which was to add splendor to the 25th anniversary of the EISA reward, we read that the German Stereo magazine had an impressive circulation of 70,000 at that time... Read More »

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02-01-2016 | By Dirk Sommer

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01-28-2016 | By John Hoffman

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01-22-2016 | By Steve Lefkowicz

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01-21-2016 | By Malcolm J. Gomes

Over the past couple of decades, many of my audiophile friends have often questioned my preference for well designed, intelligently engineered 2-way speakers over their 3-way counterparts. This preference has been based not... Read More »
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01-17-2016 | By John Zurek

Since converting my digital playback chain to a heavily modded Mac Mini/Mytek Stereo 192 source (read review HERE) I've been very happily listening to a variety of 16/44 and hi-res files. For once I couldn't... Read More »
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01-14-2016 | By Marshall Nack

We are creatures of habit. For ten consecutive years Lynn and I have taken our summer vacation at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival in Canada, which bills itself as the largest of its kind in the world. It is... Read More »
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01-10-2016 | By Malcolm J. Gomes

I have come across many audiophiles who have truly splendid turntables, tone arms, and cartridges, of which cost them an arm and a leg. Nevertheless, they still may not enjoy the best that vinyl has to offer if the... Read More »
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12-31-2015 | By Marshall Nack

"It disturbs me that footers make such a difference." Ain't that the truth, Abe. But then you shouldn't have been so surprised. Remember when you gave me an assist installing the Finite Elemente Pagode APS... Read More »
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12-18-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

(Image courtesy of Zesto Audio) Introduced at RMAF in October by Zesto Audio, these new powerhouse mono-blocks have the Zesto signature house sound, which is nearly nothing at all. It also has enough power from tubes to be... Read More »
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12-17-2015 | By Robert S. Youman

I am a huge fan of Integrated Amplifiers. I am a firm believer that less is more.  Fewer boxes, cables and resonance control devices is a big plus in my book. Past reviews for models from Vitus, D'Agostino, Pass... Read More »
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12-17-2015 | By Tom Gibbs

Back in the early days of digital-to-analog conversion, I bought one of the first commercially available (for consumers) DACs, a Threshold. I felt the results it yielded were pretty impressive, lifting CD playback to a much... Read More »
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12-11-2015 | By John Acton

Few audio companies can lay claim to as rich and storied a legacy as that possessed by JansZen Loudspeaker Ltd. Arthur A. Janszen is credited with the invention of the first practical electrostatic loudspeaker, and in 1954,... Read More »
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Analysis Plus was established in 1993 with a unique perspective in the cable market. Proprietary computer modeling had shown that hollow oval shaped conductors performed better than any other form or geometry. Think of the... Read More »

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