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Audio Discourse

Frank Sinatra's Hi-Fi, circa 1947

06-25-2017 | By John Marks

Well, lawdy Miss Clawdy! John Marks' latest republication from The Tannhauser Gate is compact, but delicious. A shout from the past, really, right...

PS Audio's New Huron Operating System for the DirectStream...

06-24-2017 | By Gary L Beard

It's been a little over a year since PS Audio's DirectStream Junior DAC landed in the Tune Saloon. I gave it a well-deserved two-thumbs up in my PF...

Impressions: The GamuT Reference System, a Study in Organic...

06-17-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Sometimes you write reviews. Sometimes you write raves. And sometimes you write love songs… Introduction "Sherman, set the Way-Back Machine to THE...

From the LA Audio Show: PF's DSD Seminar PowerPoints

06-15-2017 | By David W. Robinson

From the LA Audio Show:  PF's DSD Seminar PowerPoints Those of you who were at the recent LA Audio Show had an opportunity to attend the Positive...

Audio Ramblings - The Aurender A10 and Comments on Cables from...

06-13-2017 | By Dave Clark

So, two things on my mind here… the Aurender A10 and how wonderfully musical it is, and the WireWorld Starlight Cat8 Ethernet cables… and how they...

The Acoustic Revive Chronicles, Chapter 13: The RPT-6 Absolute...

06-11-2017 | By Jeff Day

Acoustic Revive was founded in Japan in 1997 by Mr. Ken Ishiguro, who is the design genius behind the innovative and ultra-quality Acoustic Revive...

The State of the High End Audio Show

06-05-2017 | By Jeremy Kipnis

Jeremy R. Kipnis & Bob Carver at New York Audio Show - Nov. 2016 As a teenager of 17, I was introduced to CES: The Winter Consumer Electronics Show...

Sony Adds Quad DSD to Car Digital Media Player

05-30-2017 | By Brian Moura

Sony RSX-GS9 Playing Dirty Work by Jenna Mammina in DSD 11.2 MHz (Photo: Blue Coast Music) Sony Electronics has announced that their RSX-GS9 Car...

Impressions: My Audio Oasis! Awards for AXPONA 2017

05-30-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Chicago 2017 is now firmly in the rear-view mirror, O'Hare Airport and all. The show itself was a well attended event, with a just announced attendance...

HiFi Pig, Part-Time Audiophile, and Positive Feedback Link-Up

05-24-2017 | By David W. Robinson

The Higher End: HiFi Pig, Part-Time Audiophile, and Positive Feedback link-up In which our hero meditates… Those of you who have been reading...

AudioQuest DragonFly Black and Red DACs - Now with MQA!

05-24-2017 | By Tom Gibbs

The two newest entries in AudioQuest's DragonFly family of DACs are the Black ($99 USD) and the Red ($199 USD), with the core design approach appearing...

Audio Ramblings - The WyWires Diamond Loudspeaker Cables

05-22-2017 | By Dave Clark

So, we come to you with another cable review. Sorry, I know many of you believe that cables cannot have a sound or character—that is either they work...

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

Campfire Audio Vega IEM

06-22-2017 | By Smit Patel

Released in 2015, Campfire Audio headed by Ken ball has emerged as a successful in-ear monitor (IEM) company across the audiophile community. Having...

Synergistic Research PowerCell 12 UEF SE Power Conditioner

06-19-2017 | By Robert S. Youman

Please be patient as I step you through some backstory. I reviewed the Synergistic Research PowerCell 10 UEF power conditioner back in October...

Grado Labs PS2000e Headphones

06-18-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

It is high time an American company—with manufacturing in Brooklyn, New York since 1953—should develop and build a state of the art challenger for...

Synergistic Research Galileo UEF AES/EBU (XLR) Digital Cable

06-12-2017 | By Robert S. Youman

Synergistic Research (SR) is at it again. Like Michael Corleone in Godfather III, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" I am always on...

Benchmark AHB2 Amplifier

06-06-2017 | By Pete Davey

I've had my fair chance at messing with all sorts of amplifier technologies, from Class A, to AB, D, even T—you name it, and each one carries their...

Fiio X5 3rd Generation Digital Audio Player

06-05-2017 | By Smit Patel

Fiio have been well-regarded as an audio company for their budget to mid-priced offerings. The original Fiio X5 DAP captivated audiences worldwide but...

Kuzma 4 Point 14" Tonearm

05-26-2017 | By Albert Porter

Albert Porter owns www.porterhouseaudio.com and features products from Allnic Audio, Stahl~Tek, Purist Audio Design, Koetsu cartridges, Airtight...

Einstein Audio Components – The System Part 2

05-25-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

With technical contributions by Jürgen Saile. While working on Einstein's complete audio system with its laudable analogue source, in Part 1 of this...

Einstein Audio Components – The System Part 1

05-25-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

Anyone who has ever looked into the hi-fi world in a little bit more intensive way knows that the arbitrary combination of well-reputed audio...

Thales TTT Compact II Turntable & Simplicity II Tonearm 

05-24-2017 | By Marshall Nack

From time to time, an item is plucked from the mildewed bins of analog history by one of the reissue houses. Occasionally the dredging action strikes...

Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier

05-23-2017 | By Gary L Beard

A few times I've been lucky enough to review a product before the rest of the audio-press get their red-hot hands on it, but mostly I've been...

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 Electrons - 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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An Interview with Dan D'Agostino

06-05-2017 | By Adam Goldfine

Dan D'Agostino is a name that is nearly synonymous with high end audio. As the founder of Krell, Dan pioneered the development of high powered, Class...

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 4

06-24-2017 | By Claude Lemaire

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair"... 31. The Beatles. Sgt. Pepper's...

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

The Secret Sisters, You Don't Own Me Anymore

06-16-2017 | By Marc Phillips

New West Records BO6XPTH66X, LP $20.98, Amazon.com When it comes to harmonizing singers, who's your favorite group? The Beach Boys? Crosby, Stills,...

Joel Fredericksen and Ensemble Phoenix Munich, Requiem for a...

06-15-2017 | By John Marks

Good friend John Marks once again shares with PF readers the rich trove of musical discoveries that he shelters at his blog site, The Tannhauser...

Thurston Moore, Rock and Roll Consciousness

05-25-2017 | By Marc Phillips

Ecstatic Peace!/Caroline Records CAROL015LP, $19.99 2-LPs Amazon.com For me there are two Sonic Youths. I really like one of them. They're edgy and...

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

Magna Hifi Mano Music Streamer (High-Res)

06-14-2017 | By Wolfgang Kemper

Dieser Music-Streamer mit ungewöhnlicher technischer Ausstattung kommt aus den Niederlanden. Entwickelt wurde er für eine ganz spezielle Zielgruppe..... . . Read More »

Audio Exklusiv Powercord Netzkabel

06-14-2017 | By Bert Seidenstücker

Die akademische Ausbildung meiner von mir sehr geschätzten Nachbarn ist umfangreich. Einem Physikstudium schloss sich ein Studium der Mathematik an..... . . Read More »

Kaiser Acoustics Kawero! Classic

06-14-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

Wer ab und zu einen Blick in die Liste der für den Test verwendeten Komponenten wirft, dem dürfte aufgefallen sein, dass die Kawero! Classic schon.... . . Read More »

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

Klipsch Pilgrimage, 2017 - A Story About Speakers, People, and...

06-16-2017 | By Robert Schryer

by Dave Mallette with assistance from Robert Schryer In 2014, a dozen of us from the Klipsch Community Internet forum held our first, the first,...

Los Angeles Audio Show Part Five

06-10-2017 | By Carol Clark

Continuing on with our coverage of the Los Angeles Audio Show... Part Five. ELAC. Stellar speakers for $6k a pair. MBL radialstrahler loudspeakers, new...

Munich High End 2017 - The Greatest Audio Show on Earth?

06-09-2017 | By Greg Weaver

Bavarian Spring My flight landed at Flughafen München in Munich, the Bavarian capital and third most populous city in Germany, exactly on time,...

Los Angeles Audio Show Part Four

06-09-2017 | By Carol Clark

Continuing on with our coverage of the Los Angeles Audio Show... Part Four. Musical Fidelity, Crystal Cable, Audio Plus Services. Musical Fidelity. A...

Los Angeles Audio Show Part Three

06-09-2017 | By Carol Clark

Continuing on with our coverage of the Los Angeles Audio Show... Part Three. Channel Islands Audio had two passive line controllers, the PLC.1 MKII and...

Los Angeles Audio Show Part Two

06-08-2017 | By Carol Clark

Continuing on with our coverage of the Los Angeles Audio Show... Part Two. Elite Audio Systems, Viola Labs, Kharma International. Alma Music &...

Los Angeles Audio Show Part One

06-07-2017 | By Carol Clark

This was the first time for this new show, also known as the LAAS. The venue moved from Orange County to LAX. This show report will feature a lot of...

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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