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May - June 2017

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Audio Discourse

My Digital Journey and the Mytek Brooklyn DAC

05-07-2017 | By Pete Davey

Nothing beats the convenience of digital music. For many years, I have stored and played back digital music (before the MP3) because of how easy it...


The Neoteric Listener - The Sonneteer Orton Integrated Amplifier

05-05-2017 | By Dean Seislove

Sonneteer may not be a familiar company to many of my American compatriots, but they've been in business since 1994 and have a line of audio products...


Beauty, Audio, and Money

05-04-2017 | By Roger Skoff

Roger Skoff writes about how our eyes, ears, and wallets may all be tied together The traffic on Pacific Coast Highway ("PCH") in Newport Beach,...


and Steve Says… What About Affordable, Entry Level, and Budget...

04-28-2017 | By Steve Lefkowicz

As anyone who has followed my work for the past twenty years or so know, I am all about lower cost, high value audio. I love finding equipment that...


Journeys in Audio Subjectivism - Part Eight: Of Andrew Jones,...

04-18-2017 | By Robert Schryer

"The speaker that changed my life?" said Jones. "Easy. The Quad ESL57. It's the first true Hi-Fi speaker I heard once I got to university. I have...


Lefson: French High-End Analog Audio Devices - The Lefson...

04-16-2017 | By Jeff Day

I have been enjoying quite a lot of audio adventures over the last year or so while doing audio projects where I experimented with various wire types,...


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Hardware Reviews

The Audia Flight Strumento n°1 mk2 Preamp

05-14-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

The Audia Flight Strumento n°1 mk2 Preamp Many audiophiles believe that they can get along without any preamplifier in these digital times. However, I...


van den Hul Colibri XGW Stradivarius Moving Coil Cartridge -...

05-10-2017 | By Myles B. Astor

I'll save you the trouble and time of skipping the discussion and jumping directly to the conclusions for the low down on the van den Hul Colibri...


Makin' Magic with Protons and Neutrons - The BybeeTech Quantum...

05-07-2017 | By Larry Cox

Jack Bybee's iQSE or internal Quantum Signal Enhancer (iQSE) differs from the AC Purifiers I wrote about last month. As you'd expect the signal from...


Scansonic MB-5 Loudspeakers

05-07-2017 | By Pete Davey

There has always been something magical about the Raidho line of speakers. Why do I mention Raidho in an article about Scansonic speakers? Great...


Ayon Audio Vulcan Evo Amplifiers

05-06-2017 | By Brad Morrical

Ayon Audio has over the last 15 years become one of the best known high end tube amplifier manufacturers, at least here in Europe. In particular, they...


Esperanto Audio Black S/PDIF Cable

05-05-2017 | By Michael Zisserson

Michael Zisserson's review of the Esperanto Audio Black S/PDIF Cable is published with a disclosure. Michael has done some professional work for John...


Audiophile Analog and Digital Quickies

05-05-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

Stein Music The Perfect Interface,  Pi Slip Stein Music's Pi Interface Sheet under your LP and prepare for sonic improvement most every time. Whether...


A Second Look at the AURALiC Altair Wireless Streaming DAC

05-01-2017 | By Michael Wechsberg

A couple of years ago I wrote one of the first in the nation reviews of the AURALiC Vega DAC (read my Vega review HERE). I found the experience of...


Larsen Model 4 Loudspeaker

04-26-2017 | By Larry Cox

In 2013 I wrote about Sweden's Larsen Hifi Model 8 speakers (HERE) a veritable bargain at $6,995 for those with such resources. The musical and organic...


KEF LS50 Wireless Loudspeakers

04-24-2017 | By Danny Kaey

We are witnessing an entirely new generation of HiFi. Gone [going?] are the singularly designed, specifically functioning, one trick ponies; all hail...


Ultimate Ears Pro 18+ Custom IEMs

04-21-2017 | By Smit Patel

With their headquarters based in sunny-side California, Ultimate Ears was initially founded in 1995 by Jerry and Mindy Harvey. The former of which has...


Accuphase DP-950/DC-950 Super Audio CD Player

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...


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Interviews

Bill Parish Talks with PF's Jim Merod

05-05-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Jim Merod was in NYC recently, helping to MC a special Jazz event at The Lincoln Center. While there, he took the time to visit with Bill Parish of GTT...


From the Kipnis Studios (KSS): The View From The Top - An...

03-31-2017 | By Jeremy Kipnis

Kipnis Studio Standard (KSS) - Stereo Loudspeaker & Amplifier Testing Array with (Left to Right) Ologe Model FIVE, Ceratec Effeqct Mk. IV, and...


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Music - SuperSonic Recordings

Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 3

03-23-2017 | By Claude Lemaire

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,...


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Music Reviews

Freedom is Free, Chicano Batman

05-19-2017 | By Tony Damico

As I write this review, Chicano Batman takes the stage in the blaring sun of the Coachella Valley for the second time—two years ago, some...


Notes of an Amateur: Goerne Sings Schumann, Pacifica Quartet...

05-09-2017 | By Bob Neill

Einsam Keit. Schumann Lieder. Mathias Goerne, baritone, Markus Hinterhäuser, piano. Harmonia Mundi HMM 902243.  Coming to Matthias Goerne without...


Robt Sarazin Blake, Recitative

05-06-2017 | By Marc Phillips

Same Room Records SSR030, double LP $25, double CD $20, download $15—robertsarazinblake.bandcamp.com Recitative is one of those albums you release...


The Mother of All Music - Music of the Bushmen

05-06-2017 | By Albert Grantowski

Bushmen of the Kalahari When We Were Free: Bushman Music of the Kalahari Rhythm is the prominent element of the music on these CDs: claps, rattles,...


Victoria Terekiev, Wind from the East

04-28-2017 | By Stephen Francis Vasta

PIPKOV: Bulgarian Suite for Piano, Op. 2. HADJIEV: Melodic Etudes. VLADIGEROV: Bulgarian Songs and Dances, Op. 25. Victoria Terekiev, piano. Gega New...


Brahms: The Four Symphonies, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris...

04-19-2017 | By John Marks

This time Brahms. Our musical guide John Marks, of The Tannhauser Gate (http://www.thetannhausergate.com), leads us into a recent recording of four...


Camilla Tilling, "loves me… loves me not…"

04-11-2017 | By John Marks

In which our esteemed friend, John Marks of The Tannhauser Gate (www.thetannhausergate.com) introduces us to yet another worthy singer, she of a...


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New Old Stock - Articles from Our Days in Print

The Sun Rises in America - Reinventing Push/Pull: Some Dancing...

05-01-2017 | By Positive Feedback

This article, by Harvey Rosenberg, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print - Vol. 7, No. 6, 1998. During my short tenure as PF's...


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Our Friends at HIFI Statement

High End Munich 2017

05-19-2017 | By Positive Feedback

Our Partner in Europe, Dirk Sommer of HIFI Statement, offers a plethora of images from Day 1 of the High End Munich 2017 show by HIFI Statement's.... . . Read More »


Einstein Audio Components Komplettanlage - Teil 1

05-06-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

Wer sich auch nur ein wenig intensiver mit Hifi beschäftigt hat, weiß, dass die willkürliche Kombination auch von bestens beleumundeten Komponenten.... . . Read More »


Crayon Audio CFA-1.2

05-06-2017 | By Wolfgang Kemper

Ein alter Bekannter? Für einige von uns ist sicherlich. Auf den Norddeutschen HiFi-Tagen brachte eine gelungene Präsentation des RB-Audiovertriebs.... . . Read More »


ZeroUno Plus

05-06-2017 | By Roland Dietl

Vor ungefähr einem Jahr hatte ich mit dem ZeroUno DAC einen Digital-Analog-Wandler zum Test, der wie eine kleine Röhrenendstufe aussah und der mich.... . . Read More »


Wells Audio Milo

04-03-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

Falls Ihnen der Milo bekannt vorkommt, ist das kein Déjà-vu-Erlebnis: Im Bericht über die Messe in Warschau hatte ich Ihnen den originell.... . . Read More »


Zingali Twenty Evo 1.2

04-03-2017 | By Peter Banholzer

Was hat die Zahl „Twenty“ mit den Lautsprechern der italienischen Edelschmiede Zingali zu tun? Wenn Sie jetzt weiterlesen, werden Sie noch viel.... . . Read More »


Ayon S10 Streamer

04-03-2017 | By Roland Dietl

Bereits auf der letztjährigen High End hat mir Gerhard Hirt, Eigentümer und Chef von Ayon, seine Neuentwicklung im Bereich Netzwerkspieler.... . . Read More »


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Our Friends at High Fidelity

Soundsmith Zephyer MIMC Star Cartridge

05-18-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Soundsmith Zephyer MIMC Star Cartridge The world's best turntables use Soundsmith because we've been designing and hand-building the world's best phono...


Yayuma Audio Awareness Line ASP 01 Sound Processor

05-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

A general rule, which I try to follow selecting audio products for my tests and when performing the test boils down to credibility. On the one hand, my...


Accuphase DP-950/DC-950 Super Audio CD Player

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...


Krakow Sonic Society Meeting 108 - Kondo ONGAKU Integrated...

03-10-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

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...


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Our Friends at Part-Time Audiophile

ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 floor standing speakers

05-21-2017 | By John Richardson

What we have from the outside is, as I mentioned, a pair of fairly conventional-looking narrow-baffle towers. Each speaker stands 39 inches in height.... . . Read More »


Fostex TH-610, Massdrop TH-X00, and TH-X00 Ebony

05-21-2017 | By Brian Hunter

Fostex has a long history in the audio business. The company was founded in 1973, but its parent company Foster Electric Co., Ltd was formed way back.... . . Read More »


darTZeel CTH-8550 integrated amplifier (with Siltech)

05-21-2017 | By Rafe Arnott

The $25,000 USD gold, and Ferrari-red, solid-state integrated amplifier from Switzerland exuded raw sex appeal as it sat in my listening room oozing.... . . Read More »


“Affordable high-end” — is that like “jumbo shrimp”?

05-21-2017 | By John Stancavage

How many Simolians do you have to part with these days to get good sound? I mean, really? Is it even possible, or just a frustrating pipe.... . . Read More »


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Show Reports

High End Munich 2017

05-19-2017 | By Positive Feedback

Our Partner in Europe, Dirk Sommer of HIFI Statement, offers a plethora of images from Day 1 of the High End Munich 2017 show by HIFI Statement's.... . . Read More »


AXPONA 2017: Pictures at an Audio Exhibition

05-10-2017 | By Gary L Beard

Dateline: Westin Hotel, Rosemont, Ill., April 21-23rd, 2017 AXPONA! I get a serious kick out of listening to exotic, cost-no-object systems. In fact,...


AXPONA 2017: A Personal Journey, and the Von Schweikert Audio...

05-05-2017 | By Greg Weaver

Audio shows! Local, regional, national, international. I've been covering shows and have had the privilege of producing show reports for various...


The "New" AXPONA?

04-27-2017 | By Maurice Jeffries

Devices and Desires: The Best of the Best at AXPONA 2017 Without question, last weekend's AXPONA show (April 21-23) in Rosemont, Illinois ranks amongst...


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