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ISSUE 72 march/april 2014





Our Readers Respond… and We Respond Right Back!




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A High End Death Spiral?
by Roger Skoff

An Audio Feast: Magnepan, Pass Labs, Oppo Digital, and Cardas!
by Scott Robertson

Impressions:  Notes on the Minus K Technology 100BM-8
by David W. Robinson

More Musings on Building a Digital Music Server: the KingRex UPower, uArt Y USB Cable, and UD384 High-Resolution DAC
by Andy Schaub

The Neoteric Listener... the ADL H118 Headphone and ADL X-1 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier
by Dean Seislove

Robinson's Updated DSD Download Site List: February, 2014
by David W. Robinson

Tony Weber of MIT Passes Away

The Audio Circular - No.8 in a Series of Parallel Narratives: A First Look at the Rogue Audio Pharaoh Integrated Amplifier!
by Gary L. Beard

Of Hi-Fi, Watches, and Do-It-Yourself Craziness
by Roger Skoff

Downsizing While Upscaling: Ayre VX-R, McIntosh C2300, Harbeth 30.1
by Sasha Matson

Ever Wish Your LPs Were Ultrasonic Clean? Record Genie to the Rescue
by Bruce Kinch

The Sophia Electric 91-03 300B Stereo Integrated Amplifier
by Jeff Day

The Audiophile Forums – A Maddening Obsession!
by Tom Gibbs

Follow Up: Zesto Audio BIA 120 Class A Amplifier
by Robert H. Levi

Musings on Building a Digital Music Server: The AudioQuest Diamond USB and Stealth Varidig Sextet versus the Synergistic Research USB Active SE and their Element Copper, All with a Manley Skipjack
by Andy Schaub

The Audio Circular - No. 9 in a Series of Parallel Narratives: Boosting the Flea: The Unison Research Unico Upower Amplifier
by Gary L Beard

Addendum to Paper or Plastic? Vinyl's Final Resting Place - MA Recordings Record Inner Sleeves
by Myles B. Astor

Well Wishes for Matt Ashland of JRiver
by Tom Gibbs

Announcing the new Series 3 Loudspeaker from Bamberg Audio! The Bamberg 3 TMW
by Gary L. Beard

Roger Waters' Amused to Death Remastered Edition Coming to Multichannel SACD and LP from Analogue Productions
by Brian Moura

Paraclete Recordings Brings Choral Recordings to NativeDSD Download Site
by Brian Moura

Live-Wall by Bay Audio
by Andre Marc

Sonic Upgrades for Sony's HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Audio Server
by Brian Moura

Bliss Digital Music Management
by Pete Davey

Audio Ramblings - Gauder Akustik Berlina RC7 Loudspeakers
by Dave Clark




A portrait of the ELROG Elektronenröhren GmbH and an interview with Dr. Klaus Schaffernicht (in English)

A review of the Swiss Cables Reference (in English)

A review of the outstanding passive preamp Audio Consulting Silver Rock Meteor (in German)

A review of the Total DAC d1-tube (in English)

A review of the MC-step up transformer Silvercore MC Pro 120 (in German)

A review of the hybrid power amp JE Audio Dyad S400 (in German)

A show report from Europe's most import music and pro-equipment fair (lots of pictures, text in German)

And enjoy a download of a song in highres and DSD played by three of Germany's leading jazz musicians (music international, text in German)



Reimyo DAP-999EX Limited
by Wojciech Pacuła, photos by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Krakow Sonic Society - Meeting No. 91: John Zurek of Positive Feedback in Krakow
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

KBL Sound - Reference Power Distributor + Red Eye
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Krakow Sonic Society Meeting No. 92 - Capella Cracoviensis, or the "Absolute Sound"
by Wojciech Pacuła, images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Trenner & Friedl Pharoah Loudspeakers
by Wojciech Pacuł, images by Wojciech Pacuła | T&F, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Preamplifier + Stereo Amplifier... the TeddyPre PR1 + TeddyAmp ST60
text by Marek Dyba, images by Marek Dyba  and Teddy Pardo

Jeff Rowland Design Continuum S2 Integrated
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

TechDAS Air Force One
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła and TechDAS, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Vermöuth Audio's Black Pearl MkII Interconnect and Red Velvet Speaker Cables
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec



iBasso DX50 Digital Audio Player
by Frank Iacone & Arly Borg

Lehmann Audio Linear USB Headphone Amp/DAC
by Michael Liang & Michael Mercer

The Stunning McIntosh D100
by Michael Mercer & Michael Liang

Woo Audio's WA7 Fireflies - Le Menage a six (six reviewer perspectives, ALL respected Head-FIers)

Miniwatt N4 It Sounds as Beautiful as it Looks
by Brian Hunter & Kevin Venable

Astell & Kern 240
by Warren Chi and Michael Liang

SPL Phonitor 2
by Michael Liang & Kevin Vanable

The Official 2014 SoCal Head-Fi Meet
by Kevin Venable 

The Crystal Method by The Crystal Method Subtitle: Los Angeles is Crackin'
by Arly Borges, Michael Mercer, and Kevin Venable


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HB Cable Design PowerSlave Acrylic Distributor
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks - A Hard to Ignore Tweak
as reviewed by Malcolm J. Gomes

Accustic Arts Tube PreAmp ll Mk2 and Amp ll Mk 2 - Part 1
as reviewed by Gary Lea

Accustic Arts Tube PreAmp ll Mk2 and Amp ll Mk 2 - Part 2
as reviewed by Gary Lea

NewClear Audio NC1000L Amplifier
as reviewed by Adam Goldfine

TBI Audio Majestic Diamond II Loudspeakers
as reviewed by John Hoffman

CH Precision A1 Amplifier - The Bar is Moving
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Actinote Aria Cables
as reviewed by Paul Candy

DanaCable Diamond Speaker Cables
as reviewed by Michael Wechsberg




Wyred4Sound mPre Preamplifier
by Francisco Duran

Audience Au24 SE Cables
as reviewed by Gary Lea

Mad Scientist Audio BlackDiscus - Life as an Audiophile
as reviewed by Will Wright

Reed 3P Tonearm
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

ZYX Universe II Moving Coil Cartridge - Stuck in an Emotional Groove
as reviewed by Myles B. Astor

KWA Silver Empowered Cord v2 - Third Time is the Charm
as reviewed by A. Colin Flood

Raven Audio Silhouette Reference Preamp and Amplifiers - A Road Less Traveled
as reviewed by Mark Pearson

EINSTEIN The Poweramp
as reviewed by Danny Kaey

Transfiguration Axia MC Cartridge
as reviewed by Peter Davey

KingRex UPower and uArt Y USB Cable
as reviewed by Andre Marc

Mojo Audio Mac mini Music Sever
as reviewed by Al Chieng

HB Cable Design PowerSlave Marble Power Distributor
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Gingko Audio Cloud 12
as reviewed by Peter Davey

Charisma Audio MC-1 Cartridge
as reviewed by Paul Candy

Synergistic Research UEF Tuning Circuits and Transporter SE Ultra
as reviewed by Robert S. Youman

Tralucent Audio 1plus2 In-Ear Monitors
as reviewed by Amos Barnett

IQ Audio M300 Amplifiers
as reviewed by Steve Lefkowicz

AER Acoustic Energizer AE300
as reviewed by Pete Davey


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Robinson Interview with Chad Kassem: Acoustic Sound Super Hirez Download Site Going Live
by David Robinson

David Robinson and Chad Kassem Interviewed by Steve Rochlin  - Video!

David Robinson and David Elias on DSD... Interviewed by Steve Rochlin  - Video! NEW



CES and T.H.E Show Las Vegas 2014 - Part 1
by Steve Lefkowicz

CES and T.H.E Show Las Vegas 2014 - Part 2
by Steve Lefkowicz

CES and T.H.E Show Las Vegas 2014 - Part 3
by Steve Lefkowicz

CES and T.H.E Show Las Vegas 2014 - Part 4
by Steve Lefkowicz

So-Cal Head-fi Meet Report
by Dean Seislove

by Myles Astor

by Myles Astor

by Myles Astor


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Current Releases of Musical CDs and SACDs
by Karl Lozier

Impressions: Music Notes
by David W. Robinson

Notes of an Amateur: Beethoven Trios, Music@Menlo 'Live' 2013, Gerald Barry.
by Bob Neill

Elinor Frey: La Voce Del Violoncello - Solo Works of the First Italian Cellist-Composers
by Tom Gibbs

The Future Is Here - Audio Still Rules
by Karl Lozier

Acoustic Sounds' New RCA Shaded Dogs Reissues and the Pines of Rome Legacy
by Andy Schaub

Vinyl in the Round: The Beatles On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2
by Ken Micallef

Notes of an Amateur: CPE Bach, R. Murray Shafer, Lindberg, Goerne's Schubert.
by Bob Neill

together Pangea, Badallic
by Nicholas G. Taylor

The '70s Singer-Songwriter Trifecta: Sony/Legacy reissues Paul Simon's Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, and Still Crazy After All These Years
by Ken Micallef

Beck, Morning Phase
by Michael Mercer

Musical Impressions:  Analogue Productions New Reissues of the RCA Living Stereo Series, Scheherazade and Respighi/Reiner/Chicago Symphony Orchestra
by David W. Robinson

Treasures of Spanish Art Song
by Stephen Francis Vasta

Ataulfo Argenta: Espana
by Tom Gibbs

New Music
by Karl Lozier

Notes of an Amateur: Górecki and Larcher, with Notes on Britten and CPE Bach.
by Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Petrenko's Shostakovich #14. The Alexander Quartet & friends do Brahms. Les Arts Florissants. Gardiner's Stravinsky.
by Bob Neill

Vinyl in the Round
by Ken Micallef




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