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09-03-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

Premier LP Review of Reference Recordings: Copland Fanfare and Third Symphony

Pressed by QRP on 200 gram vinyl, 33.3, half-speed mastered, this recording from 2000 is receiving its LP release for the first time. The original release was on HDCD CD and has been a reference disk for my reviews since it was available. It features Eiji Oue conducting the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. The Producer was… Read More »

09-01-2015 | By Roger Skoff

Psychiatry 5 Cents

[Roger Skoff writes about some people he encounters on the internet…] Although I use the internet daily, I'm not all that familiar with a lot of the lingo and the current culture that has developed from and around it. Oh, I know (after having asked someone) what IMHO means, and LOL, and even ROFLMAO, but… Read More »

09-01-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: The Cembalo Audio Labs Spring 1 Headphone Amp

We live in the true Golden Age of fine audio. I've said this before, but I don't want readers to forget the fact that we're awash in a great wave of audio designs in all categories, with the recordings to go with them. The best DSD and DACs, the best turntables, the best LPs ever… Read More »

09-01-2015 | By Robert Schryer

Journeys In Audio Subjectivism, Part Two

Hitting the Ocean, or: "What Are You Babbling about Now?" Those words contained about as much sympathy as you'd be likely to imagine they would. "What are you babbling about now?" That was my wife of 19 years, her face contorted in that 'you-know-I-don't-care' expression that drops like a curtain at the first sign of… Read More »

08-30-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: The Merging Technology NADAC MC-8 DSD DAC

Product launches happen all the time in fine audio. We have well over 300 DSD DACs now, for example, new turntables and cartridges all the time, with amps, preamps, integrateds, headphones, wireless speakers, cables, accessories, music servers, NAS/hard-drive arrays, and speakers spilling forth continuously. It seems like nearly every day I get new press releases… Read More »

08-30-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

KRAKOW SONIC SOCIETY: Meeting 97 – Siltech Triple Crown

Gabi was standing in the door, looking at us condescendingly while we were discussing acoustics, the microphones used and distortions. A moment before we had finished our first round of listening sessions and each of us was enthusiastically trying to convince the others that he was right. We paid the most attention to what Edwin… Read More »

08-30-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła


There is not too many people like Mr Shirokazu Yazaki. I was tempted to write something like: are extremely rare, but I managed to hold myself back. He is an engineer with impressive education and immense practical experience with both, analogue and digital devices. He created such a remarkable devices like TEAC A-7300 reel-to-reel, high… Read More »

08-30-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Xavian PERLA Loudspeakers

Edwin van der Kleij, the owner of Siltech, is a great fan of speakers designed by Franco Serblin. Over the years he bought all his designs with Sonus faber logo, and later with Franco Serblin one, too (see HERE and HERE). As he told us during Cracow Sonic Society meeting in Cracow, death of Mr… Read More »

08-28-2015 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur – Nelsons’ Shostakovich 10 with the B.S.O.; Bach’s Cello Suites by Higham and Kuijken; Stacey Garrop’s String Quartet No. 4.

Shostakovich, 'Under Stalin's Shadow.' Symphony No. 10. Andris Nelsons. Boston Symphony Orchestra. Deutsche Gramophone DG 479-5059. I bought this album out of loyalty to my 'local' orchestra under their new leader. Nothing was at stake as I had already married Petrenko's terrific Shostakovich cycle on Naxos, but I'll admit to some hopes. And then the… Read More »

08-14-2015 | By Tom Gibbs

Classics Online HD•LL Streaming Service

Sometimes it's not just the destination, it's the journey, whenever it is that you finally arrive. Trust me, this is, in fact a review of Naxos' Classics Online HD•LL Streaming Service, but a little background is in order, so please bear with me…. I know myself pretty well, and, let’s face it—I can get pretty… Read More »

08-13-2015 | By Jim Merod

MONTEREY JAZZ, 2015: “A Man’s Gotta Know His Limitations”

After laughter at the first GOP debate from Donald Trump's chauvinist dump on Rosie O'Donnell, jazz hounds, east and west, now look eagerly ahead to the impeccable vocal art of Diane Reeves on the third weekend of September this year near Carmel. Ms. Reeves is literally at the top of any astute list of jazz… Read More »

08-08-2015 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Bach, Vasks, and more Bach.

Helen Callus [viola]. Luc Beauséour [harpsichord] Bach – Krebs – Abel. Analekta. AN2 9879. There are reasons not to buy this album of Bach (and Krebs and Abel) cello sonatas. If you don't like your Bach played direct and frontal—and on a viola, which cuts the music less slack than a viola de gamba or… Read More »

08-06-2015 | By Jim Merod

John Fedchock Big Band: Like It Is (Mama Records)

This kick-ass New York jazz orchestra's fifth album, scheduled for release on Friday, August 7, is leader John Fedchock's eighth publication. Already a powerhouse big band leader and arranger, trombonist Fedchock gained chops and jazz sea-legs working for legendary jazz orchestra guru, Woody Herman. He was Herman's musical director—a ferociously exacting task which earned him praise from the no-BS… Read More »

08-05-2015 | By Austin Lefkowicz and Michelle Duffy

Riva Roadtrip – Commentary on the Riva Turbo X Bluetooth Audio System

AL: Freshly graduated from Syracuse University and done with my last school year, it was time to go home to California. With a daunting eight-day and 4,000-mile drive ahead, traversing the U.S. both east to west, and north to south, we had to make plans since our car had no working stereo. Our rite of… Read More »

08-01-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: Remembering Stan Ricker

David W. Robinson and Stan Ricker, VSAC 2003 (photograph by Dave Glackin) I got the word last week from an audiobud online. Stan Ricker, recently stricken with a stroke, was dead. Oh no. Not again. Another good man down…this one truly irreplaceable. Another great audio friend gone; more tons of audio lore and wisdom subtracted… Read More »

07-25-2015 | By Norman Tracy

Lone Star Audio Fest 2015 Show Report

With the bluebonnets in bloom spring is a lovely time to travel in Texas. Bluebonnet the Lone Star state flower For music loving audiophiles no better excuse can be had for a springtime drive in Texas than the Lone Star Audio Fest held in Dallas, the first weekend of May for the past 11 years…. Read More »

06-28-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Reviewers’ View, THE Show Newport 2015: David Robinson and Peter Breuninger of AV Showrooms.com, Our Final Show Impressions Part 2

Watch David Robinson and Peter Breuninger of AV Showrooms.com, share their thoughts on the THE Show Newport 2015 on YouTube Part 2 Courtesy of AV Showrooms . . . Read More »



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Premier Review of Zesto Audio Leto...

09-03-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

Change is good, particularly in high-end audio, as the Leto from Zesto Audio becomes the version 1.5 and positively improves its standing as a top notch and enviable offering. With a more dynamic presentation and even lower... Read More »
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TARA Labs The Zero Evolution...

09-02-2015 | By Marshall Nack

Spatial Holography Last I checked the principles of Newtonian physics still apply. That's why I see my role as communicating the real-life observations that go down in Nack Labs: that's the key—observation and... Read More »
Ortofon Quintet Bronze Cartridge

09-01-2015 | By Ken Micallef

Reviewing phono cartridges, be they of the moving magnet, moving coil, or moving iron variety, involves that old "devil in the details." Depending on your tonearm and headshell you'll encounter varying degrees... Read More »
AudioQuest JitterBug USB Data and...

08-30-2015 | By Tom Gibbs

"EMI and RFI run deep, into your DAC they will creep. Stop, now, what's that sound, everybody look what's going down…"—with deepest apologies to Stephen Stills. I'm basically an... Read More »
Soundstring Cable Generation II...

08-16-2015 | By Francisco Duran

Talk about the proverbial can of worms. Recently Soundstring Cable Company's Len Miller asked if I would like to review two full complements of wire from their new line of cable. Whoa, that is a lot of cable. I have... Read More »
Zesto Audio Andros 1.2 Phonostage...

08-11-2015 | By Mark Pearson

The Zesto Audio Andros 1.2 phonostage has been one of my tougher reviews to finish. I know it sounds cliché, but the Andros 1.2 is one of those pieces of gear that makes you want to quit writing and just listen to the... Read More »
Nordost Heimdall Headphone Cable

08-03-2015 | By Danny Kaey

Nordost. Seems that these days Nordost is everywhere. Norse 2 series? Check. Valhalla 2 series? Check. Odin 2? Check. Headphone cables? Check. HDMI cables? Check. You get my point. All made in America, all made with... Read More »
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Mini-Review: Merrill Audio ANAP...

08-02-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

Let me just say right up top that I generally do not review cables in this low price range. At $1149 per meter, whether RCA or XLR, the Merrill ANAP is expensive for many, but not for the audiophile like me who has to have... Read More »
Mini-Review: Grado Limited Edition...

08-02-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

The Grado GH1 Headphones…the sound of Brooklyn-born Maple! "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and becomes not furniture, but headphones for music lovers around the world. This limited edition headphone is Grado's... Read More »
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Finite Elemente Resonator Reference...

07-22-2015 | By Marshall Nack

I like the idea of resonators as a prescription: Take one a day to keep the shakes away. Ha! Not quite, just me being silly. Seriously though, they are a sonic purgative. The actual prescription is to put them at strategic... Read More »
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PS Audio Power Plant P10

07-16-2015 | By Pete Davey

I may have said this before, but I'll say it again… all of these amazing cables you have in your system (as beautifully constructed as they are) will not amount to much if you have garbage power coming into your... Read More »
WyWires Platinum Series USB and...

07-13-2015 | By Malcolm Gomes

If there is one credo that Alex Sventitsky the founder of WyWires Technology goes by, it is that the accurate reproduction of music is a very complex process and so "One size does not fit all!" This dogged... Read More »
Charisma Audio MC-2 Moving Coil...

07-10-2015 | By Myles B. Astor

The $1495 Charisma Audio MC-2 moving coil cartridge sounds far better than it has any right to! In fact, this recently introduced cartridge–and cartridge line—is undoubtedly one of today's best bangs... Read More »
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Music Hall Audio On Merit:...

07-07-2015 | By Ken Micallef

Tipping the register at $1095 and $1195, respectively, the Music Hall MMF-5.1SE and recently introduced Ikura turntables share certain design and implementation features in their equally attractive frames. Both share a... Read More »
Ultimate Ears Reference...

07-02-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

The old proverb is false. You can teach an old dog new tricks! After 55 years as an audiophile, I finally have inner ear monitors (IEMs) that are not hearing aids! They are Ultimate Ears Reference Pro Monitors developed for... Read More »
Audionet PAM G2 Phono Preamplifier...

07-02-2015 | By Marshall Nack

At a Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance in Carnegie Hall one night I struck up a casual chat with the greybeard seated next to me. I learned he was a retired professional violinist and now, beyond being an enthusiast, he... Read More »


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Melco HA-N1A, Teil 1 By Dirk Sommer

Sie möchten Ihre Sammlung digital gespeicherter Musik bequem verwalten und vor allem auf hohem klanglich Niveau...

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