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01-13-2017 | By Michael Vamos

Vamos on the Music: The National, 'Trouble Will Find Me'

The National's sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me, continues the Brooklyn-based band's streak of melancholy mellow, indie rock. It's reminiscent of the rhythms and monotone vocals of Joy Division and with the suffer-in-silence-like lyrics of The Smiths. "Don't Swallow The Cap" and "Graceless" are dead ringers for Joy Division songs. Singer Matt Berninger and band... 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 »

01-09-2017 | By Chip Stern

Radio Free Chip - Tweaks are Us

Greetings from the underground, fellow music lovers and seekers after audio nirvana. As I may have conveyed in my last ruminations many, many moons ago, I am luxuriating in the aural glow of an extended series of incremental tweaks, which coming as they have, in drips and drabs, have brought me to the point where... Read More »

01-09-2017 | By Claude Lemaire

Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 1

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. Here is the first 10 of his Top 500 SuperSonic List... "This is a journey into sound. A journey which along the way will bring to you new colour, new dimension, new value..." What better way to introduce this new long term project than to quote Geoffrey... Read More »

01-09-2017 | By Tom Gibbs

Roon Headless on a NAS with the microRendu: An Important Follow-up

The NAS element of my Roon/QNAP/microRendu setup is a QNAP TS-251, which has the requisite 64-bit processor and sufficiently upgradeable RAM to run Roon Core effectively. And at a significant cost savings when compared to Roon's recommended QNAP setup ($500 vs. nearly $2000 USD). During my initial explorations of Roon late last year, I quickly... 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 »

01-06-2017 | By John Marks

Wise Men From the East, Bearing Gifts! Part 2

Part 2 of John Marks' Christmas recommendations:  This time, the hardware. Like the wise men's gifts, in a set of three. Simple. Affordable. And each clearly excellent at its price point. Very helpful, friend John! Dr. David W. Robinson, Ye Olde Editor   Part 1 covered recorded media (CD boxed sets, and an SACD/CD hybrid).... Read More »

01-06-2017 | By John Marks

Wise Men From the East, Bearing Gifts! Part 1

Very nearly too late, we publish a pair of reviews by God rest ye merry, gentleman, John Marks. He takes us through a set of gift recommendations on this twelfth-like day of Christmas, with worthy recordings suitable for bringing glad tidings of good cheer throughout this new year. Like the wise men who came to... Read More »

01-04-2017 | By Dan Zimmerman

The Inchoate Vision (Further Reflections on "Heaven with a Gun")

I continue to reflect on the time my father and I drove out to Old Tucson and visited the set of Heaven with a Gun, a western movie starring Glenn Ford. I'm not saying it was a great movie, but it continues to carry great import for me. The text for the film poster reads like this... Certain questions spring... Read More »

01-01-2017 | By Stephen Francis Vasta

A Second Grieg Piano Concerto?

GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (rev. Grieg and Grainger)*; Piano Concerto in B minor (fragments); EVJU: Piano Concerto in B minor (on fragments by Grieg)*; GRIEG: Two Songs (trans. Evju for solo piano). Carl Petersson, piano; *Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/Kerry Stratton Grand Piano GP 689.  TT: 56.35 Downloads: prestoclassical.co.uk (320-kbps mp3, FLAC);... Read More »

01-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Hijiri 聖 SMT Takumi Maestro AC Cable

It was clear from the very beginning that the Harmonix X-DC Studio Master Million Maestro power cable was a highly limited product, so it was intended for a small group of customers. Its price only this sealed this exclusivity. I envy the lucky ones who have it in their systems—it is the best power cable, I... Read More »

01-01-2017 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Prokofiev, Wu Han, and Kat Edmonson

Serge Prokofiev, Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1. Nos 2, 6, and 8. Alexander Melnikov, Harmonia Mundi HMC 902202. For those of us who find early twentieth century modernism one of the pinnacles, Prokofiev's piano concertos and piano sonatas are among its richest assets. What I have always found especially attractive in this music is a sense... Read More » . . . Read More »

01-01-2017 | By Roger Skoff

Why aren't we…?

Roger Skoff writes about the state of our hobby and the industry that supports it. One of the politicians in the recent U.S. Presidential election asked, with apparently real surprise, "Why am I not fifty points ahead?" Frankly, I'm no expert on politics, so it doesn't surprise me at all that I could not think... Read More »

01-01-2017 | By Dean Seislove

The Neoteric Listener…The Audio-Technica A2000Z Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones by Dean Seislove

What's that old saying about the more you learn, the less you know? Boy, does that ever apply to the constantly changing world of audio. Changing technology (and physiology) constantly adjusts what best pleases our ears, as evidenced by a return to my review of the Audio-Technica ATH-A900x headphones four years ago with respect to... Read More »

12-27-2016 | By Greg Beron

Really Reel: Greg Beron on Tape, Part 2, Opus3 Records Sampler Tape #6

At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas I was showing my UHA tape Decks with Tom Campanga of Quintessence Loudspeakers and PBN electronics. We had a nice size room on the main floor at T.H.E. Show in the Flamingo Hotel, thanks to our late pal Richard Beers. The room just happened to be... Read More »

12-26-2016 | By Justin Weber

Boy Finds Music Again, Part 1 of a Story of Sorts

I began this story to share the "joy of boy finds music again," but quickly realized that it's a story with more hats than that simple narrative could support. As a first time contributor to audio discussions not made via posts to forums; an introduction is appropriate. I am Justin Weber of ampsandsound, a certified... Read More »

12-24-2016 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2016, Part The Last

Herewith is Impressions:  Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2016, Part The Last. Part The First can be found HERE, Part The Second HERE, Part The Third HERE, and Part The Fourth HERE. Music Software/Record Companies/Download Sites Year in and year out, we audiophiles and music lovers rely on our trusted labels, recording companies, re-issuers, and download sites to provide us with... Read More »

12-21-2016 | By Bruce Kinch

The Revenge of Analog

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, by David Sax The morning of Black Friday, just two weeks and counting past a very bleak Wednesday, and still a bit drowsy from the previous day's over-indulgence, I opened the front door and stooped to pick up our copy of the NY Times. Instead... Read More »

12-20-2016 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2016, Part The Fourth

Herewith is Impressions:  Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2016, Part The Fourth. Part The First can be found HERE, Part The Second HERE, and Part The Third HERE. This final installment of my Brutus Awards for hardware in 2016 (there will be a very last installment dealing with labels and music companies) concludes with cables, accessories, and system enhancements. In the... Read More »

12-17-2016 | By Nicholas Taylor

Preoccupations, 'Preoccupations'

Preoccupations, Preoccupations JAGJAGUWAR, Digital, vinyl, and CD In hindsight, naming a band Viet Cong probably wasn't the best idea, but they did it anyway and controversy ensued. Claims of cultural appropriation and insensitivity sparked outrage from student communities, online communities, and the threat of protest and boycotts forced the hand of concert promoters to cancel shows. That... Read More »

12-15-2016 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2016, Part The Third

Herewith is Impressions:  Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2016, Part The Third. Part The First can be found HERE and Part The Second HERE. There will be a fourth installment to cover this busiest of years...stay tuned! All photographs are courtesy of their respective companies, unless otherwise noted. Aurender W-20 Music Server The Aurender W-20 Reference Music Server, a technological... Read More »

12-14-2016 | By Dave Clark

Brutus Awards 2016 - A System of Sorts

So here it is the end of 2016 and us with our Brutus Awards. This has been a year with major changes for both Carol and I (we retired from many years as public school educators) and a year where we saw many people being taken from us earlier than anyone expected, needless wars and bloodshed,... 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 »

12-02-2016 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: A Cornucopia of Modern Music

Ustvolskaya, Silvestrov, and Kancheli. Works for Piano and Orchestra. Elisaveta Blumina, piano. Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Sanderling. Grand Piano Records GP 678. To many music lovers, the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries belong to the composers of Eastern Europe and Russia. Notable among this group are Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2000), Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937), and... Read More »

12-01-2016 | By Myles B. Astor

Acoustic Sounds Goes Ultimate Analog - Reel-to-Reel Tape Comes of Age

"It's so easy to fall in love." Buddy Holly and Norman Petty might have just as easily been writing about reel-to-reel tape as finding one's soulmate (although tapes are not for fools!). Everything from the machines' "retro" look to the "coolness" factor to the feel of spooling up the tape to the look of the... Read More »

11-08-2016 | By Marshall Nack

New York Audio Show 2016

If you find yourself in the Big Apple, you are likely to encounter street musicians. Of course, their quality varies: some are quite good, others not quite ready, while some shouldn't be out in public. I guess it's like that for most of our endeavors. Welcome to the New York Audio Show 2016, held at... Read More »

07-13-2016 | By Robert Schryer

Journeys in Audio Subjectivism – Part Six, John DeVore

DeVore Fidelity: Why Getting the Best Sound is all About Balance, or: "C'mon, John. Just once for the camera—Cheeeeese!"   "I began obsessing about hi-fi more than 40 years ago. I also love station-wagons with manual transmissions, shirts that actually fit, old stuff that looks futuristic and new stuff that looks retro. I'm also more... Read More »



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Merrill Audio's Christine...

01-14-2017 | By Marshall Nack

Merrill Wettasinghe with his Merrill Audio Christine Preamplifier at Nack Labs When you think about it, the room is arguably your most important component. I am well aware of the sound of mine, a 12' W x 8' H x 32' L living... Read More »
Magico S5 Mk. 2 Loudspeakers: A New...

01-11-2017 | By Myles B. Astor

Speakers—out of all the components in the audio chain— have seen the biggest advancements in performance over the last couple of years. Cabinet design. Driver design. Enclosure and driver materials. Computerized speaker... Read More »
Sophia Electric Magik Box

01-09-2017 | By Francisco Duran

Positive Feedback has reviewed a number of products from Sophia Electric. Way back in Issue 8 of audioMusings hardware reviews, I was fortunate enough to review their "Baby" tube amplifier. Recently, I reviewed their... Read More »
Esoteric F-05 Integrated Amplifier

01-05-2017 | By Robert S. Youman

The Esoteric K-01X SACD/CD player that I recently reviewed was an amazing performer. It was my first experience with an Esoteric product and I found it to be extremely impressive—one of the most impressive components that... Read More »
Raven Audio Silhouette MK2...

01-03-2017 | By Mark Pearson

I'm no stranger to reviewing Raven Audio gear having previously reviewed a pair of the Raven Audio Silhouette Reference amplifiers and Silhouette Reference preamplifier, and the Shadow Reference stereo amplifier for PF. All... Read More »
Ayon Audio CD-35 Super Audio CD...

01-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

The Super Audio CD Player, Ayon Audio  CD-35 turned out to be significantly different from typical products of this type, both in terms of technical aspects, the sound quality and price/performance ratio. We believe that... Read More »
Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2...

01-01-2017 | By John Acton

Ascend Acoustics is a high-end loudspeaker manufacturer operating out of Southern California. Founded by David Fabrikant in 1999, Ascend Acoustics' mission has been to deliver class-leading price-to-performance ratios for... Read More »
Zesto Audio Andros Téssera Phono...

12-28-2016 | By Robert H. Levi

Zesto's audio designer and chief engineer, George Counnas, reminds me of the late great William Z. Johnson of ARC fame. Johnson just had to think about what he wanted to build and then he built it. Easy! George Counnas just... Read More »
Journeys in Audio Subjectivism -...

12-28-2016 | By Robert Schryer

The Unison Research Unico DM amplifier (image courtesy of Unison Research) "There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life." - Federico Fellini You've got to hand it to the Italians: the... Read More »
Devialet Expert 1000 Pro Integrated...

12-26-2016 | By Robert S. Youman

This is the third in my series of reviews on the Devialet product line. Please see my commentary on the Devialet Expert 400 and Devialet Expert 800 by just clicking on the model number. Devialet has now introduced their... Read More »
Graham Slee Accession Phono Stage

12-17-2016 | By John Hoffman

The humble phono stage is the unsung hero in most analog systems, yet many hobbyists overlook its importance and often allow it to become a bottleneck. This is especially true for those folks who operate in the affordable... Read More »
Esoteric K-01X SACD/CD Player

12-12-2016 | By Robert S. Youman

The Esoteric K-01X SACD/CD Player It has been an interesting couple of years while ramping up on my knowledge and experience with computer audio and the latest from all things digital. For those marketing folks out there,... Read More »
Sophia Electric Coke Bottle KT88-ST...

12-10-2016 | By Francisco Duran

Since the modification to my solid-state Reference Marantz integrated amplifier more than a few years ago, my tube amplifiers have been gathering dust. My modified PM15S1 has been getting the lion's share of the musical... Read More »
van den Hul 3T Rock Cables
Notes on the van den Hul 3T The...

12-09-2016 | By Robert H. Levi

van den Hul 3T Rock Interconnects I have been most curious about Van den Hul interconnects as they have a sterling reputation, but a lesser following in America compared to the rest of the world. Jay Rein, their distributor... Read More »
Redefining Neutrality - The...

12-07-2016 | By Maurice Jeffries

For several months, the superb Silnote Audio Orion-M1 Master Reference XLR interconnects have anchored my reference system. The time spent testing their sonic mettle has proven an unmitigated delight, and a revelation. I... Read More »
Auralic Altair Wireless Streaming...

12-05-2016 | By Gary L Beard

For the second time this year, I've had the good fortune to report on an exciting new digital product. This time it is Auralic's latest digital to analog star, the Auralic Altair Wireless Streaming DAC.   According to... Read More »


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LA Audio Show Names NY PR Firm

LA Audio Show NY PR Firm THERE'S A NEW SHOWMAN IN TOWN LA Audio Show Names NY PR Firm; Goes After New Market   LA Audio Show NY PR...

Introducing GoldenEar’s New Flagship: The Triton Reference

  In 2014, GoldenEar introduced the Triton One to great acclaim at the Las Vegas CES. Then, the Triton One launched into the...

Déjà vu Audio Announces the Opening of Déjà vu Audio West!

Déjà vu Audio, one of the nation’s top high end retailers is excited to announce the opening of the third store-Déjà vu Audio West....

Zanden Launches New Reference Preamplifier

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Occupy Hifi
My Crazy Hifi-Life + Honoring My Brother By Michael Mercer

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

Love + Gratitude - REALLY, really? By Michael Mercer

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

Couch-Surfing & Liquid Dreamin' By Michael Mercer

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

OccupyHifi - Part WTF: Are We Really-Reachin' Out to Music Culture By Michael Mercer

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

HIFI Statement
Mutec MC-3+ Smart Clock USB By Roland Dietl

USB ist heutzutage – zumindest im Heimbereich - die gängigste Schnittstelle, um digitale Audio-Daten von einem PC...

Audia Flight Strumento n°1 mk2 By Dirk Sommer

Viele Audiophile meinen, in diesen digitalen Zeiten ohne Vorstufe auskommen zu können. Diese Ansicht teile ich nicht:...

Göbel Lacorde Statement Ethernet oder wohin mit dem Router By Dirk Sommer

Oliver Göbels Digitalkabel sind nun in der Serienversion erhältlich – werden aber nicht in Längen oberhalb von...

Diapason Astera Loudspeaker By Dirk Sommer

Ich habe mich – zumindest gefühlt – seit Jahrzehnten nur noch mit Standboxen beschäftigt. Dementsprechend war...

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