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03-25-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Brief Impressions: Stein Music's The Perfect Interface Resonance Control Mat

Stein Music's "The Perfect Interface" Carbon Signature Resonance Control mat in place on our EMT 948 turntable. Every now and then I receive a product whose benefits are so obvious, and whose design is so straightforward that there's no point in holding back or trying to write an extended essay. It isn't a complicated call,... Read More »

03-24-2017 | By Brian Moura

Santana's Lotus: Complete Edition in Quad DSD and SACD Surround Sound

Lotus: Complete Edition, Santana (Photo: Sony Music Japan) Sony Music Japan will be celebrating Santana's upcoming concerts in Japan from April 22 to April 27, 2017 in a big way with the release of a new Complete Edition of the band's legendary Lotus album in DSD 11.2 MHz stereo (also known as DSD 256 or Quad DSD),... Read More »

03-24-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: The OPPO Digital HA-2 SE Headphone Amp and Quad DSD DAC

The Oppo Digital HA-2 SE A while back, the good folks at Oppo sent me a review sample of their replacement for the HA-2 USB DAC and Headphone Amp, the HA-2 SE (Special Edition). This is their very compact DAC + headphone amp with battery, made for road/travel warriors who want extra finesse and punch... Read More »

03-23-2017 | By John Marks

John Barry: *Somewhere In Time* Soundtrack (1998 re-recording)

Soundtrack:  The great patron of classical music over the past century, nearly...or since the "talkies" arrived, anyway...has been the voracious maw of the film industry. Better than any capricious emperor, king, duke, or philanthropist, Hollywood et al. has been a grand footer-of-bills for many decades now. Some of the results have been schlock, but some of... Read More »

03-23-2017 | By Claude Lemaire

Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 3

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. In a slight variation of sorts, and at the risk of foregoing a bit of diversity, for Part 3, I elected to pit back-to-back two selections sharing a common thread between them. 21. Buzz Brass, Mélanie Barney, The Planets. Fidelio Music Inc. FALP028 (2012), (2x45 rpm). Genre: classical, modern... Read More »

03-23-2017 | By Myles B. Astor

VPI Hosts Press Open House Day: Part I: Factory Tour

File this under a story within a story. At the surface, this report details VPI's newest product line offerings and releases. Throw in on top of that a side order of an interesting factory tour where attendees were treated to a tour of VPI turntables' assembly line, quality control testing as well as meeting the... Read More »

03-21-2017 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Elgar, Mozart, and Bach.

Elgar, Symphony No. 2. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Onyx 4165. Elgar, Elgar, Elgar. What do American music lovers make of Elgar? Probably what the English make of Samuel Barber and of Copland's ballets. Each of our cultures has its romanticism and it is generally in our romanticisms that our cultures make their most characteristic, not... Read More »

03-19-2017 | By Marc Phillips

Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack The Harry Warren Songbook

Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack, The Harry Warren Songbook (GotMusic Records, GMR-1004, available at http://www.dougmunro.com, $15.99 CD) My first trip to an honest-to-goodness high-end audio store, one where I planned on making an actual purchase, happened way back in 1989 in downtown Philadelphia. (I lived there for almost a year, which now seems strange.) I... Read More »

03-17-2017 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings - The ENGIMAcoustic Sopranino Super Tweeters

So yeah, I like to dabble in tweaks and stuff that might add that much more to our musical enjoyment. Something that gets us that such more from our music. I admit it, I am a junkie for such things. People who have visited here look at the system and comment about its complexity and... Read More »

03-17-2017 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Music@Menlo 2016; Bartok's Music for Solo Piano; Scottish Piano Trios.

Music@Menlo 'Live,' 2016 "Russian Reflections" . (8 discs), available separately or as a box set. www. musicatmenlo.org. If you share Music@Menlo's enthusiasm for nineteenth century music, this latest edition of their annual set of (summer 2016) festival recordings will please you. It features a large group of minor and minor major Russian composers (plus Tchaikovsky... Read More »

03-16-2017 | By Andreas Koch

My Questions and Answers (MQA): An Interview with Andreas Koch

My Questions and Answers (MQA) An interview of and by Andreas Koch on the subject of digital audio formats In the age of digital audio it appears that a new format is trying to conquer the consumer market every few years, but their success-to-failure ratio is much smaller than 1. It makes us wonder why... Read More »

03-16-2017 | By Larry Cox

Bybee Filters Ride Again

Bybee filters. These things have been available for audio in various iterations for nearly twenty years, as far as I can tell. The filters are said to employ some of the technology used to reduce the noise floor of military submarines to improve sonar performance. I first read about these in the early 2000s, if... Read More »

03-10-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Krakow Sonic Society Meeting 108 - Kondo ONGAKU Integrated Amplifier

It was clear from the moment I knew I would receive Kondo OnGaku amplifier for a review that I would also want to listen to it together with my friends from Krakow Sonic Society. These meetings give us not only a chance to meet, talk and listen to some music together but most of all to... Read More »

03-03-2017 | By Dave Clark

An Interview with Greg Timbers, Past Designer/Engineer for JBL

Greg Timbers So, tell us a bit about your history in speaker design… beginnings and such. The journey that led you to JBL. I have been interested in Music since forever. My Mom played Piano and there was always music in the house. I started with Heath Kits and stuff around 12 years of age,... Read More »

03-02-2017 | By Dean Seislove

The Neoteric Listener - The A&K T8iE MK II In-Ear Monitor Headphones

Used to be, the only people needing fancy in-ear monitors were wasted rock stars or serious looking dudes protecting the President. The rest of us settled for crappy little earbuds that could only produce one sound accurately: "Good riddance!" High end IEMs were reserved for world class X-Games competitors barreling off the mini-ramp. But times... Read More »

03-01-2017 | By Mark Pearson

The VPI Avenger and a Tale of Three Tables - Part 1

Strap yourself in your seat, because we are going to go on a VIP ride with the VPI Avenger turntable. And yes, you dear readers are the VIPs in this adventure. This is part 1 of a 3 part series. The reason for the three parts is that I am going to review all three... Read More »

03-01-2017 | By Roger Skoff

Bass and Hi-Fi

Roger Skoff writes about audio's bottom line - bass and Hi-Fi. When I was twelve years old, I had never heard bass. Really. Oh, I thought I had, but when you actually think about it, my guess is that not only will you understand and agree with what I just said; you may even discover... Read More »

02-24-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: The KRONOS Pro LE Turntable, Black Beauty Tonearm, and Air Tight PC-1 Supreme MC Cartridge

The KRONOS Pro LE Turntable with Black Beauty Tonearm, photograph courtesy of KRONOS Audio. Take a breath. A shift of gear, now. From reference-grade DSD DACs to reference-grade turntables. This will be the third of three turntable evaluations that I've done over the past year, rounding out what's turned out to be the top three... Read More »

02-21-2017 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings - The Focal ELEAR Headphones and Cabling From Moon Audio, Double Helix, Wireworld, and a Whole Lot More...

So I've been playing around more with headphones (headphones from Sennheiser, Audeze, AKG, and OPPO are in my usual rotation of references), but after hearing the new ELEARs from Focal… uh, we got to have these. At an event held over in Torrance at The Source A/V a while ago, Carol and I, along with a throng... Read More »

02-20-2017 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings - USB Cables from Curious and ANTICABLES

USB Cables… my last Rambling's column centered on the Purist Audio Luminist Revision Neptune cables and how, well either differences in cables are there for you or not. For whatever reason applies here—you hear it, you don't hear it, you can't hear it, or won't hear it… really doesn't matter as everyone finds their happy... Read More »

02-19-2017 | By Marc Phillips

Tinariwen’s Elwan on LP

Tinariwen, Elwan (ANTI- 87467-1, 2-LP set $19.98 through Amazon) Reviewing contemporary music is often merely a matter of describing a hybrid. "Their music is a cross between Gwar and the first three Partridge Family LPs." "This latest album blends grindcore and dubstep with Texas swing." You can communicate the essence of a performer by mentioning two... Read More »

02-17-2017 | By Claude Lemaire

Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 2

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. Here is the second 10 of his Top 500 SuperSonic List... 11. Carole King,Tapestry. Ode Records. SP 77009 (1971), MoFi, MFSL 1-414 (2013), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: pop, soft rock, acoustic folk, jazzy overtones Throughout the 1960s Carole King and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin wrote a ton of hits... Read More » . . . Read More »

02-14-2017 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Mischa Zupko, Giaches De Wert, Schnittke, and Petrenko's Tchaikovsky

Eclipse: Chamber Music of Mischa Zupko. Wendy Warner, cello. Sang Me Lee, violin. Mischa Zupko, piano. Cedille CDR 90000168. Calling someone a "Chicago composer" as Cedille Records often does is probably not doing him a favor. It suggests limitations, local heroes. The fact is, in the case of Mischa Zupko (and cellist Wendy Warner who... Read More »

01-17-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Polish Jazz Forever III

Remasters 2016 vol. 1 | vol. 3 | vol. 4 | vol. 24 | vol. 54 | vol. 63 COMPACT DISC | LONG PLAY Warner Music Poland sp. z o.o. Wytwórnia Polskie Nagrania kontakt@warnermusic.pl polskienagrania.com.pl  warnermusic.pl  The third meeting of High Fidelity readers with Polish Jazz Remasters (the so-called second "six", as the record label decided to launch... Read More »

01-09-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

HiFiMAN Headphones - HE1000 V2 and Edition X V2

HiFiMAN Headphones - HE1000 V2 and Edition X V2  Within past several years the world of high-end audio took a course leading it towards the "wall". What wall? A complete price stratosphere. Sure, quality has to cost, and for an exceptional quality one pays double or even triple. Despite this, the current prices for the... Read More »

01-06-2017 | By David W. Robinson

A YouTube Video About PF's Jim Merod: The Jazz Man!

Positive Feedback has a lively and diverse creative community on its masthead. One very unforgettable person, and a very close, dear friend of mine, is the inimitable Dr. Jim Merod, a Senior Associate Editor at PF. A professor at Soka University in southern California, Jim is widely renowned in the world of Jazz as The... Read More »

12-12-2016 | By John Zurek

Colorado Audio Society November 2016 Meeting

Although I've been wanting to make it to one of the CAS (Colorado Audio Society) meetings forever, they are usually held in the Denver area. This makes it bit difficult for me, living about an hour and a half away. When I discovered the CAS meeting for November was being held in Colorado Springs, I... Read More »

12-07-2016 | By Michael Zisserson

The MSB Technology and Wilson Audio Event at Fidelis Home Audio

Time with fellow music lovers, intimate demonstrations of cutting-edge technology, all brought together by a gracious host is a humbling reminder of why brick-and-mortar stores are critical for music lovers everywhere. The Venue (December 3, 2016) Fidelis Home Audio in Nashua, New Hampshire is a safe-haven for music lovers and audiophiles alike. Walter Swanbon heads... Read More »

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RECENT REVIEWS

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JE Audio IS250 Integrated Amplifier

03-28-2017 | By Will Wright

If you have the slightest interest in all things audiophile—and given that you're reading this, it's a good bet you do, you will have noticed the steady influx of Chinese made audiophile products to our shores in recent... Read More »

First Watt F7 Amplifier

03-28-2017 | By John Hoffman

The First Watt series of amplifiers started as an exploration of uncommon circuit designs in a low wattage format, and has been an ongoing endeavor for two decades now. From Nelson Pass we have seen many an iconic audio... Read More »

AURALiC POLARIS Wireless Streaming...

03-26-2017 | By Victor Chavira

These are exciting times for users of integrated amplifiers. Never before have so many features and efficient power been squeezed into a single box. Over the course of thirty years, I have been privileged to own or listen to... Read More »

Graham Slee Lautus Analog...

03-19-2017 | By John Marks

After a publication gap while I was on vacation recently, John Marks of The Tannhauser Gate (http://www.thetannhausergate.com) returns to grace the pages of Positive Feedback. In this review, he praises the work of Graham... Read More »

ESS RLM-713 Headphones

03-19-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

ESS RLM-713 Headphones, photograph courtesy of ESS ESS is back big time with an array of top quality loudspeakers and—for the first time—headphones for the budding audiophile. The ESS RLM-713 headphones are very high... Read More »

Modi Multi Times, or the Modi...

03-17-2017 | By Larry Cox

My son's increased homework load and need for more quiet time is requiring more headphone listening for me. I don't particularly like listening to headphones... not sure why, maybe it's growing up in a "Big Fat Greek... Read More »

Accuphase DP-950/DC-950 Super Audio...

03-10-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

It's been thirty years since Accuphase presented to the world their own Compact Disc Player. The two-box DP-80/DC-81 system premiered in July 1986 and immediately became a flagship player for this brand. The CD transport... Read More »

T+A elektroakustik PA 3100 HV...

03-06-2017 | By Robert S. Youman

I have been very excited about this review since the opportunity was presented late in 2016. The T+A PA 3000 HV integrated amplifier and PDP 3000 HV SACD/CD/DAC  have both received many rave reviews over the last two years.... Read More »

Lamm Industries L2.1 Reference...

03-03-2017 | By Marshall Nack

"I suppose there's no remote? Dual mono volume controls?" I was discussing the operation of his L2.1 Reference Preamp with Vladimir Lamm. VL: "Yes, that's right." MN: "Ah, determinedly 20th century." VL: "Correction: 22nd... Read More »

Ayon CD-3sx CD Player

03-01-2017 | By Gary Lea

The Ayon CD-3sx CD Player is a companion piece to the Ayon Triton III integrated amplifier that I reviewed. This is a full-featured Tube Top Loader CD-Player Class-A triode vacuum-tube output stage for single-ended &... Read More »

The Value of Treatments: GIK's New...

03-01-2017 | By Gary L Beard

As Joe Walsh would say, I'm an ordinary, average guy. While I've got some very nice gear, the room itself has been neglected. I'm sure it has modal ringing, uneven frequency response, and sucky suck-outs. This chamber of... Read More »

Audio Research Ref 6 Preamplifier -...

03-01-2017 | By Mark Pearson

I'm overdue to finish what I started with my preliminary review of the Audio Research Ref 6 preamplifier (HERE). I have now spent many pleasurable hours listening to and using the Ref 6 as part of my reference system. Prior... Read More »

Kimber Kable Select KS 1236 Phono...

02-25-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

New to phono enthusiasts is Ray Kimber's latest and greatest tonearm cable concoction which will definitely delight and amaze you. The Kimber Select KS 1236 Phono Cable is compact, elegantly constructed, and made of the... Read More »

Grado RA-1 AC Powered Headamp

02-25-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

Let's cut right to the chase. I have had a battery powered Grado RA-1 since 1996, and found it to be more than satisfactory with Grado cans. With new revisions in place by Grado, I was very interested to hear the newest RA-1... Read More »

Audioengine HD3 Powered Speakers:...

02-23-2017 | By Tom Gibbs

Those of  you who pay any attention to any of my stuff at all will know that I've been in the process of building a new home for the last year, and it really began for me in mid-February of 2016 when my real estate agent... Read More »

Duevel Venus Loudspeakers

02-17-2017 | By Paul Candy

The Venus is the third Duevel speaker I have reviewed and sits directly in the middle of their lineup. Since I have heard at one time or another all of Duevel's models, the Venus just might offer the biggest bang for the... Read More »

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Before I started Love + Gratitude (cuz it's only a week after the first shot at it - sorry bout' that folks ) I made a...

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This particular Mercer Memo is (if not painfully obvious) a continuation of the last, which took a week-and-a-half to...

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After the madness (and I mean, literally BTW) ensued following my separation, I found myself driving back to Los...

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Movements are too big for ANY one website, online publication, forum, show/convention, person, or group. A movement is...

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Der NightOwl ist nicht einfach die geschlossene Variante des an dieser Stelle vor knapp anderthalb Jahren vorgestellten...

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Als sich der MastersounD DueVenti zum Test ankündigte, sorgte das bei mir nach inzwischen mehreren beeindruckenden...

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Da lag ihre makellose Hülle vor mir. Ihr platinblondes Antlitz schimmerte im Abendlicht. Die kühle Schönheit Ihres...

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