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July - August 2017

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Audio Discourse

Equipment for Making Archival Digital Copies of an LP...

08-12-2017 | By John Marks

This is a fascinating new series from our good friend John Marks, editor of The Tannhauser Gate. In it, John proposes to provide a reasonably simple...


An Adventure in the Art of Tone with the Duelund Coherent Audio...

08-06-2017 | By Jeff Day

Back in Issue 88 of Positive Feedback I wrote about the Duelund Coherent Audio DCA16GA tinned-copper audio cable that I've been using for building...


From Digital to Digital: Converting a Library from Spinning...

08-04-2017 | By Michael Zisserson

Bricasti Design surpasses their already world-class performance with a new Network Player option for the M1 DAC. Since the Network Player provides an...


Coming Up! Monterey Jazz Bash @ 60

07-31-2017 | By Jim Merod

Monterey CA, September 15 – 17, 2017 One of this legendary jazz festival's most star-studded line ups will drive energy and sheer musical glory to...


Vintage SME 3009 Tone Arm Rebuild, Part 1

07-30-2017 | By John Marks

In this exciting episode, our good friend and courageous audio guide John Marks of The Tannhauser Gate (http://www.thetannhausergate.com) announces...


Impressions: The LA Audio Show 2017, My Portraits

07-26-2017 | By David W. Robinson

David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of Positive Feedback. (Photograph by John Robinson) As time has gone by, I have become more and more interested in...


First Listen to Grado Epoch Phono Cartridge: World Premiere...

07-26-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

Great news! John Grado and Grado Labs have come out with a brand new reference Grado cartridge, and were kind enough to send me a review sample for me...


Dan Zimmerman Music Video: "It All Happened So Fast"

07-26-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Those of you who have been reading Positive Feedback for a long while will likely recognize the name Dan Zimmerman. He is a very close friend and...


Playback Designs Integrated Single Chassis Sonic Masterpiece: ...

07-21-2017 | By Jim Merod

What? My first "hi fi" stereo box, in 1957, was an elegantly constructed Magnavox LP changer with a built-in amp-preamp feeding two inch mono speakers....


Impressions: The Sonoma Acoustics Model One Headphones

07-14-2017 | By David W. Robinson

[Readers who read this article before the afternoon of 7/20/17 should re-read this amended version. In it, I correct a misapprehension that I was under...


From the Kipnis Studios (KSS) - A Cursory History of My...

07-13-2017 | By Jeremy Kipnis

High end audio is one of those hobbies where there are a seemingly endless number of tweaks and refinements one can add to an existing stereo system,...


John McLaughlin and the Tonight Show Big Band, "Cherokee"

07-03-2017 | By John Marks

Dear friend and fellow sojourner John Marks once again shares a musical morsel with us, originally published on his blog site, The Tannhauser...


The Higher End - The Beginning of the Positive Feedback "Online"

07-01-2017 | By Positive Feedback

To celebrate our 15th year of publishing Positive Feedback as a 'webzine', we are re-running the article David Robinson wrote (Issue 1, June, 2002)...


Raising Hi-Fi Consciousness

06-29-2017 | By Roger Skoff

Roger Skoff writes about bringing new people into our Audiophile hobby There will be a total of three Hi-Fi shows just in California this year. The...


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...


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Hardware Reviews

KR Audio P-135 Preamplifier

08-14-2017 | By Brad Morrical

The little preamplifier that could? KR Audio is the now relatively well known Czech amplifier brand that made its name on very big, and big sounding,...


Core Power Technologies EQUI=CORE 300

08-13-2017 | By Victor Chavira

Image courtesy of Tweek Geek Power conditioners are an essential part of a high fidelity audio system. The reproduction of musical sounds in our homes...


Elac Discovery Music Server

08-10-2017 | By Larry Cox

Computer audio is a little bit like Sauron's "Ring." It promises audiophiles control over their digital files, easier access to information about the...


Accuphase DP-560 Super Audio CD Player

08-06-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

The Compact Disc player launched some time ago by the Norwegian Hegel Audio company was called the Mohican. It is a clear allusion to The Last of the...


World Premiere Review of the Grado Epoch Phono Cartridge

08-02-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

The Grado Epoch Phono Cartridge has become available this August, 2017, and takes its place as Grado's supreme cartridge offering. With my hands-on...


Unique Innovation Technology Perfect Music Purifier (PMP)...

07-22-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

At the recent LA Audio Show packed with manufacturers—many known to me, but also many surprises—I noticed a table loaded with sharp-looking cables...


Stein Music Power System, World Premier Review: Powerbar 10...

07-22-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

   The Stein Music Powerbar 10 Signature (US version) With a track record of doing the amazing and, occasionally, the impossible, Stein Music of...


Kimber Kable Axios USB Cable: World Premier Review

07-16-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

Hot off the assembly line in Ogden, Utah, comes Ray Kimber's very latest thinking in USB cable design. With five other models listed, starting at $50,...


Koeppel Design Record Dividers

07-15-2017 | By Danny Kaey

It was about fifteen, sixteen odd years ago that I fell into the "vinyl" trap. Sure, growing up mom and pop had records, mostly of the classical...


Doshi Audio V3.0 Tapestage: Choices, Choices, Choices

07-15-2017 | By Myles B. Astor

To go reel-to-reel tape or high resolution digital? That was the question facing this basically all analog person some ten years ago. No, there wasn't...


The Murasakino Musique Analogue Sumile MC Phonograph Cartridge...

07-14-2017 | By Jeff Day

Ever since the first moving-coil phonograph cartridge was developed in 1948 by Holger Christian Arenstein (the Ortofon Mono-A), phono cartridge...


NSMT M100 Loudspeakers

07-01-2017 | By Francisco Duran

For many years my music has been enjoyed through small, two-way stand mounted speakers. Although ones listening room usually dictates the size of the...


A Tale of Two Power Cables - TARA Labs Omega Evolution and The...

07-01-2017 | By Marshall Nack

One Monday night at Carnegie Hall, we found ourselves in the second row orchestra, way over on the right, in front of and looking up at the double...


Wireworld Eclipse 7 Cables

06-28-2017 | By John Hoffman

The years 2015 and 2016 was a major transition for my family. A promotion for my wife resulted in the remodeling and eventual sale of our home on the...


EAR MC4 Step Up Transformer

06-28-2017 | By Robert H. Levi

Back in the olden days, I owned an Ortofon MC30 Cartridge. It had output to low for my ARC SP3 to handle so I went looking for a step up transformer. I...


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...


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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....


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...


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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...


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Music Reviews

3Divas

08-15-2017 | By Marc Phillips

DIVA 3DCD-2017, CD $17.99, available at http://divajazz.com/sights-and-sounds/recordings/3divas_cd/ Should it matter that the music you're listening to...


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...


Bill Evans Trio, Sunday at the Village Vanguard

07-29-2017 | By Claude Lemaire

Bill Evans Trio, Sunday at the Village Vanguard. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UD1S 2-002 Box (2017, June), #2103 of 3000. Originally released on...


Mephisto & Co.

07-07-2017 | By Stephen Francis Vasta

LISZT: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (with two concert endings). MUSSORGSKY: Night on Bald Mountain. LIADOV: Baba Yaga. FRANCK: The Accursed Huntsman. DUKAS:...


Notes of an Amateur: Osorio Plays Brahms and Schubert;...

06-27-2017 | By Bob Neill

Jorge Federico Osorio, Final Thoughts. Last Piano Works of Schubert and Brahms. Çedille CDR 90000171. I grew up on the music of the late nineteenth...


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...


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New Old Stock - Articles from Our Days in Print

The Lowther Medallion II Loudspeakers 

07-01-2017 | By Positive Feedback

This article, by Jeff Silverstein, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print - Vol. 8, No. 2, 1999. I miss my Lowther Medallion II...


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Our Friends at HIFI Statement

Aurorasound Vida

07-14-2017 | By Dirk Sommer

Die feine Analog-Elektronik von Aurorasound wird in Japan von Shinobu Karaki entwickelt und gefertigt. Mit einem Umweg über die Bretagne, . . . Read More »


Grandinote Genesi

07-14-2017 | By Peter Banholzer

Ein neues Topmodell von Grandinote erblickt das Licht der High-End-Welt. Hat die Genesi Vorstufe das Zeug dazu,. . . Read More »


Thrax Dionysos und Heros

07-14-2017 | By Roland Dietl

Die in Sofia beheimatete Firma Thrax hat sich in kurzer Zeit einen ganz ausgezeichneten Ruf unter Audiophilen erarbeitet.. . . Read More »


Magna Hifi Mano Music Streamer (High-Res)

06-14-2017 | By Wolfgang Kemper

Dieser Music-Streamer mit ungewöhnlicher technischer Ausstattung kommt aus den Niederlanden. . . . 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 »


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Our Friends at High Fidelity

Fidata HFAS1-S10U Network Server/Files Player

08-14-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

I believe that the hottest word recently used by people listening to decent quality music is Tidal. Tidal is a paid streaming service offering music...


Accuphase DP-560 Super Audio CD Player

08-06-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

The Compact Disc player launched some time ago by the Norwegian Hegel Audio company was called the Mohican. It is a clear allusion to The Last of the...


Acoustic Revive RAS-14 Triple-C and RPC-1

07-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

The bad is a magical space Whispers screams and laughter There is room for happiness There is room for sin It's an island of pleasure A sea of...


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Our Friends at Part-Time Audiophile

The Smoking Jacket: Pablo’s Boutique

07-30-2017 | By Marc Phillips

As an agnostic progressive, I’ve learned to keep my own counsel when herfing with strangers or casual acquaintances. I don’t want to perpetuate any.... . . Read More »


Mini-Review: Zu Audio Dirty Weekend Omen Version II

07-30-2017 | By John Richardson

Sometimes just reading the news here at PTA gets me into trouble. Like last March, when I happened upon a blurb about Zu Audio’s Dirty Weekend event,.... . . Read More »


Review: McIntosh MP1100 Phono Preamplifier, Digging into Your...

07-30-2017 | By Richard Mak

When the McIntosh MP1100 phono preamplifier arrived at my doorstep, I was as excited as when I saw the first McIntosh product at 12 years old. I.... . . Read More »


Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: High Fives on Day Two

07-01-2017 | By Rafe Arnott

Smiles greeted me from a number of manufacturer representatives as I headed into HiFi Centre for the second, and final day of the inaugural Vancouver.... . . Read More »


LA Audio Show 2017: The $350 to $5,000 systems they were lining...

07-01-2017 | By John Stancavage

There were a number of spectacular, cost-no-object components drawing stereo fans at the Los Angeles Audio Show, but the room I had the hardest time.... . . Read More »


Review: Roon, Tidal and totaldac – Part Two – delving into...

07-01-2017 | By Rafe Arnott

This is the second part of a three-part series on living with a computer-based audio system from an analog diehard’s perspective, and how it has.... . . Read More »


PS Audio P10 Power Plant Regenerator: An impressive start

07-01-2017 | By Rafe Arnott

PS Audio very kindly provided me a P10 Power Plant Regenerator for review back in March, and after having the unit in my reference system for last few.... . . Read More »


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Radio Free Chip

Segovia - The Blue Guitarist

07-30-2017 | By Chip Stern

RADIO FREE CHIP Segovia – The Blue Guitarist Ourselves in the tune as if in space, Yet nothing changed, except the place - Wallace Stevens The guitar...


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Show Reports

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...


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,...


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