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September - October 2017

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Audio Discourse

Sound Devices USBPre 2 Portable High-Resolution Audio Interface,...

09-20-2017 | By John Marks

This is Part 4 of John Marks six-part series on digitizing LPs. This series is re-published from John's blog site, The Tannhauser Gate. In this set,...


Brief Impressions: UIT Perfect Music Purifier Series RCA Cables

09-16-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Back in Issue 92 of Positive Feedback, Bob Levi did a review of the Unique Innovations Technology (UIT) Perfect Music Purifier Series of audiophile...


Impressions: The GamuT Lobster Chair for Audiophiles

09-09-2017 | By David W. Robinson

The GamuT Lobster Chair in the sweet spot at the PF listening room in River City. "And now," said Monty Python, "for something completely different!"...


A Second Visit to Distinctive Stereo

09-09-2017 | By Marshall Nack

The coincidences were uncanny. Exactly a year ago to the date we first visited Distinctive Stereo. Plus two weekends before that we had gone to...


PrimeSeat Launches DSD 11.2MHz Streaming Audio

09-08-2017 | By Brian Moura

PrimeSeat Presents the NHK Orchestra in DSD 11.2 MHz (Photo: PrimeSeat Software) While many were celebrating Independence Day this 4th of July, a...


Arturo Delmoni & Yuri Funahashi: Amy Beach Violin Sonata...

09-04-2017 | By John Marks

A gift, a sudden gift from audio compadre John Marks, proprietor of The Tannhauser Gate blog site. John is also the driving force behind John Marks...


Playing J.S. Bach in the Style of Nicholas Bruhns

09-01-2017 | By John Marks

Like my good friend John Marks, proprietor of The Tannhauser Gate, I am a profound lover of Bach. But I was unaware of Nicholas Bruhns, and the...


Analogue Productions Goes to the Dogs: RCA Living Stereos on...

09-01-2017 | By Myles B. Astor

Shaded dogs that is! This isn't the first time these absolutely legendary RCA Living Stereo recordings have appeared on reel-to-reel tape (Scheherazade...


The Higher End: Shifting to Symantec VeriSign "Norton Secured"...

09-01-2017 | By David W. Robinson

This is a brief note to all our readers worldwide, letting you all know that as of late August, 2017, Positive Feedback has shifted to secure Web...


Brief Impressions: HDTT's Howard Hanson: An American Romantic...

08-29-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Unless you're a 'phile who lives under rocks, listens to CDs, and thinks that eclipses happen because someone didn't pay the power bill, you're aware...


Blank Recording Tape Comparison: Quantegy GP-9 vs. SM-900

08-28-2017 | By Greg Beron

Blank tapes:  Not usually the topic of an article in a high-end audio journal! But Greg Beron, he of United Home Audio fame, with its treasure trove...


Sexy Blue Tubes: The Sophia Electric EL34-ST and Aqua 274B...

08-27-2017 | By Jeff Day

I've always enjoyed visiting with Richard and Sue at Sophia Electric about their vacuum tubes and amplifiers, so when Dr. David contacted me about...


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Hardware Reviews

Astell & Kern AK T1p Headphones

09-18-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

Exciting news! Astell & Kern has some really great new headphones that you need to know about. They're the A&K T1p, and I think they're...


LP Gear Vessel R3SV Cartridge

09-18-2017 | By John Hoffman

When the final rays of light faded from the horizon on what was widely perceived as the twilight of analog playback in this hobby, there was a tragic...


Charisma Reference Two Moving Coil Cartridge: A Honey of A...

09-16-2017 | By Myles B. Astor

I covered back in Issue 80 of Positive-Feedback an entirely new moving coil cartridge from Bernard Li and Charisma Audio in Canada. The $1495 Charisma...


Cables from Audiomica Laboratory

09-11-2017 | By Will Wright

The end is nigh. I've read the news and it sure looks bad. Hurricanes, forest fires, eclipses! Oh my! Oppression, discrimination, bigotry! Oh no! Chaos...


Transrotor JR Tamino MC Cartridge

09-08-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

With its top-of-the-range models, Transrotor plays a prominent role internationally in the highest league of analogue playback. However, to date there...


The PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC/Preamplifier: Sheer Audio...

09-06-2017 | By Tom Gibbs

Up until the arrival of the Stellar Gain Cell DAC a couple of months ago, my home system—while capable of producing some very satisfying music—was...


Rogoz Audio Trio/BBS Anti-Vibration Rack

09-05-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

The Rogoz Audio website shows no less than 23 anti-vibration rack models and that doesn't include the latest series. Some of them are versions of the...


AVM Ovation CS 6.2 Streaming CD-Receiver

09-01-2017 | By Michael Wechsberg

AVM Audio Video Manufaktur GmbH is a German company that has been around more than 30 years but has only recently made a significant push into the...


Lamm LL1.1 Signature Dual-Mono Preamplifier

08-25-2017 | By Marshall Nack

I was on the phone with Vladimir Lamm discussing delivery of his LL1.1 Signature Preamp when somehow we got onto the subject of foreign accents. MN: "I...


World Premier Review of the Astell&Kern A&ultima...

08-22-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York has a slogan. "The improbable will be done right away. The impossible takes just a little longer."...


Fiio X5 Gen III Digital Audio Player with F5 Balanced In-Ear...

08-21-2017 | By Tom Gibbs

Last year I reviewed Fiio's M3 DAP, which broke the mold and set new standards for great-sounding, CD-quality, microscopically sized DAPs at the...


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Interviews

A Few Simple Words About the Future of Audio, Munich High End...

07-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

People keep on learning that this year I skipped this or that room, missed one or another presentation, or did not manage to come to some appointments....


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Music Reviews

Notes of an Amateur: Goerne Sings Bach; Two New Penderecki...

09-09-2017 | By Bob Neill

Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantatas for Bass. Matthias Goerne, baritone. Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Gottfried von de Goltz. Harmonia Mundi HMM 902323. If...


Karol Szymanowski Symphonies

09-06-2017 | By Stephen Francis Vasta

No. 2, Op. 19; No. 3, Op. 27 ("Song of the Night"). Ewa Marczyk, violin; +Ryszard Minkiewicz, tenor; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and +Choir/Antoni...


Elinor Frey, Fiorè Complete Cello Sonatas & 17th Century...

09-03-2017 | By Tom Gibbs

Anyone with any level of appreciation for great cello performance should check out Elinor Frey at once; an immensely talented and virtuosic player,...


Notes of an Amateur: Ibragimova's Mozart, Haimovitz Plays Philip...

08-31-2017 | By Bob Neill

Mozart Violin Sonatas, Nos 3, 8, 20, 25, 26, 30. Alina Ibragimova, violin and Cédric Tibeghien, piano. Hyperion CDA 68164. (2 CD's.) What always...


Legrand Jazz, Impex Records LP Reissue

08-29-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

Legrand Jazz, Impex Records LP Reissue, Stereo. IMP 6028 of Columbia CS 8079 It is about time Legrand Jazz, this historic jazz LP—or shall I say...


Tony Minasian's Drums & Bells

08-25-2017 | By Larry Cox

I was at CES when GamuT Audio of Denmark was starting to make a footprint with their electronics. This was in the early 2000s well before Gamut had...


Sasha Matson's Tight Lines on LP

07-29-2017 | By Marc Phillips

Like many boomers, I've reached the point in my life where the aesthetics of Mid-Century Americana have become incredibly pleasing. It might be...


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New Old Stock - Articles from Our Days in Print

Blue Circle BC3 Preamplifier

09-01-2017 | By Positive Feedback

This article, by Carol Clark, Victor Chavira, and Larry Cox, originally ran when audioMusings was in print - Issue 3, 1998 I met Gilbert Yeung,...


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Our Friends at HIFI Statement

Mytek Manhattan II

08-26-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

Seit mehr als fünf Jahren tummeln sich die in der Studio-Szene schon damals anerkannten Digital-Spezialisten von Mytek auch sehr erfolgreich auf dem.... . . Read More »


Hijiri 'Takumi'

08-26-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

Als ich mich vor etwa einem Jahr mit den Hijiri-'Nagomi'-Netzkabeln beschäftigte, musste ich den Rat des Herstellers, sie in einem mit.... . . Read More »


Chord Hugo 2

08-26-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

Nachfolger erfolgreicher Vorgänger können es mitunter schwer haben, besonders wenn der Vorgänger die Messlatte sehr hoch gehängt hat. Dies ist bei.... . . Read More »


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Our Friends at High Fidelity

Rogoz Audio Trio/BBS Anti-Vibration Rack

09-05-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

The Rogoz Audio website shows no less than 23 anti-vibration rack models and that doesn't include the latest series. Some of them are versions of the...


Krakow Sonic Society - Power Cables from Siltech and Crystal...

09-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Meeting #109: Crystal Cable's The Ultimate Dream power cable and Siltech's Triple Crown power cable One of the most pleasant things about the job...


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Our Friends at Part-Time Audiophile

Review: DeVore Fidelity Gibbon X

09-01-2017 | By Scot Hull

John DeVore makes loudspeakers. I’m hoping you know that, prior to hitting this page, but on the off-chance this fact has escaped notice, consider.... . . Read More »


Revisited: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and Memory Player

09-01-2017 | By John Richardson

OK folks, this one is an ongoing saga here in the world of Part-Time Audiophile. Like a boomerang (or certain Millennial offspring) the subject of this.... . . Read More »


Review: Aurender A10 digital music server and DAC

09-01-2017 | By John Richardson

I come from a do-it-yourself type family. To the best of my knowledge, this handy trait started out with both of my grandfathers and got handed down.... . . Read More »


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Radio Free Chip

Elliott Carter - A Personal Recollection by Radio Free Chip

09-01-2017 | By Chip Stern

There's an old adage folks like to dust off whence we suffer some loss, as wrenching as it is inexplicable, not unlike a late April ice storm, midst...


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Show Reports

Lone Star Audio Fest 2017

09-22-2017 | By Norman Tracy

Passion, that one word sums it all up and answers many questions. Why collectively spend decades evolving a simple table radio into a complex...


AES 2017 Berlin

07-19-2017 | By Scott Dorsey

The Audio Engineering Shows in Europe are much smaller and more oriented toward papers than the trade show, which makes them a good opportunity to sit...


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