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11-30-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: Robinson’s Brutus Awards for 2015, Part 2

[Here’s the second part of my Brutus Awards for 2015. Part three will appear within the next day or so.] Cables TARA Labs Zero Evolution interconnects and Omega Evolution speaker cables and AC power cables The TARA Labs Omega Evolution speaker cable, in tandem with the Audionet MAX monoblock amplifier. (Photograph by David W. Robinson)… Read More »

11-29-2015 | By Carol Clark

The 12th Annual Positive Feedback Writers’ Choice Awards for 2015 – The Best of the Best!

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 »

11-29-2015 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings – The Auralic Aries and SBooster Linear Power Supply

The saga, or journey, continues with my Auralic Aries adventures. In my last Ramblings (HERE) I shared my experiences with upping the Aires' performance quite a bit via the Certon C4 Integrita NAS, the HDPLEX linear power supply for the Neatgear switch and WiFi units, various tweeks and gadgets (for example the RLI-1 LAN Isolator… Read More »

11-28-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: Robinson’s Brutus Awards for 2015, Part 1

Gather around, audiosports fans! It's that time of year again…Positive Feedback's Brutus Awards season. At the end of each year, my unindicted co-conspirator Dave Clark and I give our Positive Feedback awards. These are our annual "best stuff we heard this year" plaudits. No padding, crap, junk food, or meaningless drivel here: Just the righteous… Read More »

11-26-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Krakow Sonic Society Meeting 98 – Roger Waters Amused to Death

Spatial sound has developed mainly thanks to the cinema. The first stereophonic system was Fantasound, created by Walt Disney's engineers to be used in Fantasia—an animated film from the year 1940. At that time, the term "stereophonic" was not synonymous with "two-channel"—sound was recorded on three tracks, based on research carried out by Graham Bell… 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 »

11-22-2015 | By Scott Dorsey

AES 2015 New York

As always, I enjoy writing about a professional audio conference for the high end community. The AES show is really two things, it's a bunch of people upstairs selling hardware mostly to professional production people, and it's a different bunch of people downstairs talking about science and technology. What makes the AES different from other… Read More »

11-19-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Tellurium Q Silver Diamond Speaker Cable

I didn't expect Geoff Merrigan, Tellurium Q's CEO, to offer a new flagship model so quickly after the release of the Ultra Silver. It was/is an excellent cable and it came from a company that has quite a stable portfolio, that does not have to use any and every novelty that comes to the market…. Read More »

11-18-2015 | By Carol Clark

RMAF 2015 – Part 4

People. What makes shows such fun. Couldn't, didn't get enough, but here are few of our many friends that make attending shows such a great time… . . . Read More »

11-18-2015 | By Carol Clark

RMAF 2015 – Part 3

Astell & Kern. GamuT, Audio Skies, Pear Audio Blue, Lucky Dog Audio.    GTT Audio, Audionet, Kronos, Kubala Sosna, YG Acoustics. Kii Audio, Audionet, GTT Audio. PranaFidelity, Kuzma, Luxman, Kubala Sosna, Kouldb Tape. Kuzma Stabi-Reference 2 turntable, Technics RS 1500 reel to reel, Luxman D-06u SACD/CD player, PranaFidelity purna/ma amplifier $8950, PranaFidelity purna/ca preamplifier, PranaFidelity Vayu/fs… Read More »

11-15-2015 | By Gary L Beard

The Audio Circular No. 17: Learning (the) Vinyl Rules, Phase Three… Lyra Delos MC Phono Cartridge

Phase Three: The Search is Over! This is final installment of my three-part series on upgrading my turntable. I've made low budget isolation tweaks, added fabulous accessories, and modified the tonearm wiring and the counterweight. The last piece of the musical puzzle was adding a new phono cartridge. While I let the cartridge choice out of the bag… Read More »

11-13-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: In which Dr. David invites Synergistic Research to visit, and gets GOB SMACKED!

I like surprises. I especially like them when they bushwhack me. You know…when I'm not looking and all. This doesn't happen in audioville very often. Usually there's a reasonable expectation of the quality of what I'm going to hear when products come in for review. Most of my review projects are by invitation; I generally… Read More »

11-09-2015 | By Ken Micallef

New York Audio Show 2015

Westchester, New York, November 6, 7 & 8 Roaming the sparsely populated halls of the Rye Brook Westchester Hilton during opening day of "New York Audio Show 15," the event looked to be a bust. Instead of the usual throng of audiophile fiends blocking access to popular rooms, one could stroll the show's two floors,… Read More »

11-08-2015 | By Bill Malcolm

Lampizator Golden Gate DAC

Now, more than ever, the audiophile world is awash with digital to analogue converters. Not a day seems to pass by without entry to the market of yet another shiny box sporting the latest chipset and the ability to decipher the Enigma code. Sarcasm notwithstanding, the audiophile kingdom has a plethora of choice at its… Read More »

11-07-2015 | By Jeremy Kipnis

At the Kipnis Studios (KSS)™: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Listening Room.

Audiophiles are often use to trying many different methods and ways of thinking to improve the sound of their playback systems. One can find countless varieties of tweaks, accessories, and approaches to produce even small changes in the audibility of our favorite music and sound recordings. But one of the least understood of these is… Read More »

11-06-2015 | By Malcolm J. Gomes

TAVES 2015 – Show Report

The TAVES Consumer Electronics Show is one event that I always look forward to. It is, by far, the show with the friendliest crowd that I have ever encountered any high-end audio show that I have attended over the past 35 years. It is also very well organized and always features a good number of… Read More »

11-06-2015 | By Andy Schaub

Musings on Building a Digital Music Server: The Next Generation

"How can I even try I can never win Hearing them, seeing them in the state I'm in" —"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by Lennon–McCartney I haven't written a column on digital music servers in a very long time, and I think that's because I haven't really had anything new to say. Everything… Read More »

11-05-2015 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Violinist Gidon Kremer, Cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand, and Ibragimova’s Bach Concertos.

New Seasons. Gidon Kremer. Glass, Pärt, Kanchelli, Unabeyashi. Kremerata Baltica. Deutsche Gramophone. DG 4794817. Violinist Gidon Kremer is a musical phenomenon most of us have come to admire and even love. His energetic and (at least to my ears) near vibrato-less sound brings a vigorous directness to everything he plays from Bach to Glass. In… Read More »

11-05-2015 | By Steve Lefkowicz

Computer Audio on the Cheap! (Part 3) – Another New Computer and Some USB Schiit…

I have to confess. Since moving away from CDs and other physical digital media (at least from a playback standpoint) I actually listen to music digitally more than I ever imagined I would. Looking back over the last year or so, I probably have more actual listening time using my budget digital server system than… Read More »

11-04-2015 | By Dave Clark

RMAF 2015 – Part 2

So there is a lot to see and hear at RMAF. So much, that just getting to the majority of rooms, saying hello, taking a few shots, and giving a quick listen becomes not only mind boggling, but physically boggling. So here is Part 2. Will have a lot more to say in the conclusion…. Read More »

11-03-2015 | By Dave Clark

RMAF 2015 – Part 1

Always a great time, but man are we getting old. Hard to do the shows like we used to in the past… just not able to make all the rooms nor sit and spend any amount of time. When we did, we found ourselves too beat to get up and continue. Even so, we did hear… Read More »

11-01-2015 | By Brian Moura

HDtracks Starts Offering DSD Stereo Downloads

Some of the DSD Stereo Downloads at HDtracks Two years ago at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, Acoustic Sounds and Native DSD announced their new music download sites that would feature Direct Stream Digital (DSD) downloads. At the same show, Sony Electronics introduced a family of Digital Music Servers and Converters that would… Read More »

11-01-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Rogoz Audio 3T1/BBS – Anti-Vibration Cable Stabilizers

One of the most frequent reactions of people who have never visited me before and who have nothing to do with audio, is their surprise at the sight of my speaker cables trailing on the floor. In my reference system, I have been using the Tara Labs Omega Onyx cables for many years. They are… Read More »

11-01-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Amare Musica ASPIRIAA Phonostage

When one of the fellow audio journalists from abroad asks me about the best Polish audio brands among few I always recommend Warsaw based Amare Musica. It is a company that from the very beginning, from 2012 when they debuted during Audio Show in Warsaw, always offered highest quality products. They debuted with the De… Read More »

11-01-2015 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings – The PranaFidelity Vayu/fs Loudspeakers

In past reviews of loudspeakers I presented the notion that products, for me at least, tend to sound like the personality of the designer. How so…? Well… From Issue 64…"So how do they fit into the idea of being cut from the same (or similar cloth) as the designer? That is… do they present the… Read More »

10-29-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: My RMAF 2015 Show Report, Conclusion…the Audio Oasis! Awards

The Audio Oasis! Awards Time is short…on to my Audio Oasis! Awards. These I give to the rooms that were of high quality, drawing me in to sit down and really get into the music. You know:  An audio oasis! Rest for the weary audio traveler and all that. For me, that's a sign of… Read More »

10-25-2015 | By Mark Pearson

RMAF 2015 Part 2

I have some more pictures to share from RMAF and a few more thoughts about the show.  Below is a picture of the Einstein/AF-2 room. I think the AF-2 is a great looking table, but nothing much was happening when I visited the room so I really don’t have much to share beyond the pictures…. Read More »

10-24-2015 | By Brian Moura

Korg Continues to Expand into the High-Res Audio Frontier with Introduction of DS-DAC-10R and Audiogate 4

USB DAC recording system offers professional-grade A/D conversion and the ultimate in vinyl archival To satisfy audiophiles everywhere, KORG expands its Direct Stream Digital (DSD) hardware and software products with the introduction of the DS-DAC-10R, a revolutionary USB DAC recording system offering professional-grade Analog-to-Digital (ADC) conversion.  Thanks to seamless integration with the improved AudioGate 4 software… Read More »

10-23-2015 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Podger’s Biber, Gli Incogniti’s Vivaldi, Brahms; Schumann by Faust; Melnikov, Eric Nathan.

Rosary Sonatas. Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Rachel Podger, violin. David Miller, theorbo and arch lute; Marcin Swiatkiewicz, harpsichord, organ; Jonathan Manson, viola da gamba, cello. Channel Classics SACD. CCSSA 37315. Biber's (1644-1704) searching, expressly mystical meditations on the Christian story from the annunciation through the nativity to the crucifixion and resurrection and on to… Read More »

10-21-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: Robinson on RMAF 2015, Part 1

Damn! Unbelievable! Yet another trip to Denver done; another annual circuit in the Earth's orbit; the 12th RMAF is in the books. The only one of these that I've missed was the 2008 show, when I had just temporarily relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Otherwise, I've seen them all, from the very beginning, when Al Stiefel… Read More »

10-18-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Einstein – The Preamp and Silver Bullet OTL Amplifiers

While getting ready to conduct another interview for "The Editors" series, I sent an appropriate enquiry to the largest printed German audio magazine—Audio (it is a coincidence, of course, but the latest interview from the series also involved another printed German magazine—"Stereo", read HERE ). Audio has been published for many years and it is… 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 »

09-20-2015 | By Dave Clark

Audio Ramblings – Elevating the Auralic Aries with the Integrita C4, Sablon Audio, Acoustic Revive, and More

Okay so in my last two Ramblings I shared my experiences, and expectations, of music servers or streamers; specifically the Antipodes DX and the Aries from Auralic. Both stunningly good, and yet both at rather opposite ends of the "what does it cost to get the best," and how they are packaged to the end… Read More »



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The SST Thoebe II and Son of...

11-19-2015 | By Dan Schwartz

These are interesting pieces to have to write about in my first for Positive Feedback. When I picked them up, Dave, who hadn't heard them, said something like, "You may not like them and if so, then just don't... Read More »
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Pass Laboratories XP-25 Phono...

11-15-2015 | By Robert S. Youman

Pass Labs is on a roll. The new Xs lineup that includes the Xs Preamplifier ($38,000) and Xs-300 Monoblock Amplifiers ($85,000) has been receiving rave reviews worldwide. Definitely considered state of the art contenders by... Read More »
Angel City Audio Seraphim...

11-06-2015 | By Pete Davey

A few times a year there comes a revolutionary product from a vendor. Sometimes it's a well known vendor with the usual high-dollar offerings. With those, it's usually an automatic—"well, they have the... Read More »
Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB...

11-06-2015 | By Ed Kobesky

The only thing "entry level" about Audio-Technica's new AT-LP1240-USB is the price. MSRP is $530, and the street price is closer to $450. It's easily competitive with any source I can think... Read More »
Classe’s Sum of Preamps...

11-04-2015 | By Larry Cox

This is my second installment investigating surround preamplifiers that might function as a reference two channel preamplifier. Leaving my Onkyo 885(b) for the NAD M17 was an encouraging, nearly thrilling start to my... Read More »
Getting Active with ATC SCM 40A...

11-01-2015 | By Larry Cox

ATC are makers of studio monitors. I expect every reader of this review has at least one recording in which an ATC speaker was used in producing it. And we're talking some exceptional recordings, think Pink Floyd, Mark... Read More »
CH Precision L1 Preamplifier

11-01-2015 | By Marshall Nack

The Truth Serum We just arrived at Alice Tully Hall here in New York City on Saturday night, but I wasn't looking forward to the program. Yet another Dvořák's New World Symphony? C'mon, give it a rest,... Read More »
Sunshine Company, Ltd. S50...

11-01-2015 | By Scott Robertson

The Sunshine Company, Ltd. S50 Underboard Isolation Platform Early this year, David Robinson asked if I would be interested in reviewing a line of cost-effective isolation products from a Japanese company, Sunshine Company,... Read More »
Cary Audio DMC-600 Special Edition...

11-01-2015 | By John Brazier

This is a review of the Cary Audio DMC-600 Special Edition ("SE") digital music center which was added to the Cary Audio line up of products in the fall of 2014 or, perhaps, early 2015. It went on my radar after I... Read More »
PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC: How Close...

10-26-2015 | By Tom Gibbs

When you're basically just maintaining the middle-of-the-road audio status quo, it's really very easy to get caught up in allowing yourself to become relatively pacified by garden-variety, substandard fidelity... Read More »
A Mini-Impression: The Epson...

10-24-2015 | By David W. Robinson

This review is short, and to the point. And yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. This is something really different, and what does a label printer have to do with high-end audio, anyway? Well, the connection is actually pretty clear... Read More »
New Grado Labs Wooden Cartridge
Grado Labs Statement Reference...

10-24-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

Winner! Winner! Winner! Finally, Grado Labs has stepped up with a mono phono cartridge you can take home to mother. After much research, John Grado has developed an entirely new motor and sculpted wood body which sings with... Read More »
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Phoenix Engineering LLC RoadRunner...

10-20-2015 | By Pete Davey

You would be surprised if you actually measured your turntable's platter. It may be several RPM off and you didn't even know it. I started to get suspicious when I was listening to some music and the pitch just... Read More »
Music Hall de-be Headphones

10-20-2015 | By Victor Chavira

Admittedly, I am not a headphone enthusiast.  I have an old pair of open backed Grado SR 60s used occasionally for casual listening around the house. For music on the go I carry a pair of Klipsch S4i earbuds. Both pairs... Read More »
Making a Case for Convenience:...

10-11-2015 | By Al Chieng

Audeze has come a long way from its first planar magnetic offering. The upstart company from the United States has steadily grown and offered what some would say to be the best headphones currently in the market place. Not... Read More »
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Master & Dynamic MH 40 Meets...

10-08-2015 | By Ken Micallef

Today, headphones are designed for DJs, hipsters, style mongers and those willing to spend $3k on high-end "Wearable Technology." The $399 Master & Dynamic MH 40 headphones stand in stark contrast to those... Read More »


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