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January - February 2015

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Audio Discourse

Impressions: The Oppo Digital HA-1 Headphone Amplifier/DSD DAC...

04-20-2015 | By David W. Robinson

I might as well come out and admit it. I've been a big fan of Oppo Digital and their product lines since I first tried them out, years ago now. I...


Musings on DSD: Using Offline Conversion from DSD to...

04-20-2015 | By Andy Schaub

"I don't know where I'm gonna live I don't know if I'll find a place I'd have to think about it some And that I do not wish to...


Phil Lesh

The Vintage McIntosh Experience: A Musical Ride With The MX110Z...

04-20-2015 | By Jeff Day

I've really had a lot of fun listening to vintage McIntosh vacuum tube audio electronics in my hi-fi system over the last year. The McIntosh MX110Z...


Case Closed: Roger Skoff Puts an End to the "Voodoo" Wars

04-20-2015 | By Roger Skoff

Julian Hirsch was co-founder of Hirsch-Houck Labs, which for many years was the leading test organization in the Hi-Fi industry, and provided the...


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The Voice of the Heretic – Is Red Book CD Hi-Resolution Audio?

04-20-2015 | By Tom Gibbs

With my forays of the last few years into computer-based audio, I've really come to appreciate the lowly compact disc. Even though the prevailing...


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My Challenge to David Pogue, Technology Reporter at Yahoo

04-20-2015 | By Cookie Marenco

Cookie Marenco of Blue Coast Records and Dominique Brulhart of Merging Technologies at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, 2014 (Photograph and processing...


Hercules Power Supplies

…and Steve says… Breathing Life into an Old Linn LP12 –...

04-20-2015 | By Steve Lefkowicz

Yes, I've used the same Linn LP12 turntable since 1984. It was a big deal for me, buying it back then, for a few reasons: At $1370, including the...


Rambler

Audio Ramblings - The Audioengine D3 and the LH Audio Geek Out...

04-20-2015 | By Dave Clark

Been awhile since I have had either the time or the desire to sit down and write about audio—let alone even spend much if any time listening to...


CEntrance Wraps iPhone in Hi-fi Player & Headphone Amp!

CEntrance Wraps iPhone in Hi-fi Player & Headphone Amp!

02-20-2015 | By Michael Mercer

CEntrance has established itself as a leader in the personal audio community/industry over the last decade. They've managed to position themselves...


The Aging Audiophile … a Tale of Sorrow and Redemption (sort...

01-29-2015 | By Dr. Sardonicus

  I stopped writing about equipment quite some time ago. I blamed it on a number of things that were absolutely true … old man, heavy...


The Audio Circular: No.12 in a Series of Parallel Narratives:...

01-29-2015 | By Gary L Beard

If you frequently read high-end publications or Internet audio chat boards, then Audioengine is not new to you. Their finely engineered audio...


Impressions: Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2014

01-29-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Damn. How does this happen? Every year, I work hard to compile my list of Brutus Award winners for the end of the year; every year I promise myself...


When New is Really Great: The Stunning AudioQuest Diamond...

01-29-2015 | By Andy Schaub

"By the time I got your letter I had lost my mind I was trippin' ‘When you gettin' better?' It's a jagged line Nothin'...


Harry Pearson: Audiophiles' Tutto de Tutti Capi

01-29-2015 | By Jim Merod

Walter Benjamin pointed out, during the tragic era when Adolph Garbage-bag stormed Europe with unquenched anti-Semitic malice, that each memorable...


The Peachtree Audio nova220SE Integrated Amplifier

The Neoteric Listener… The Peachtree Audio nova220SE...

01-20-2015 | By Dean Seislove

Four years ago, when some folks were worrying about WikiLeaks and toot-tooting their vuvuzelas, I spent two thoroughly enjoyable months listening to...


Magnepan 3.7i Upgrade and System

Magnepan 3.7i Upgrade and System Woes and Woo-hoos!

01-20-2015 | By Scott Robertson

(Including… deep breath here!... notes on the ModWright KWA 150 Signature Amplifier and LS 100 Preamplifier; the eXemplar T105 two-box tubed...


Audionet's Brilliant Reference-Class System

Impressions: Audionet's Brilliant Reference-Class System

01-20-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Introduction Funny how you can get bushwhacked by excellence in the audio arts. In the early spring of 2014, Bill Parish, a long-time audio friend, got...


Pear Audio Blue Reference Preamplifier

Pear Audio Blue Reference Preamplifier

01-20-2015 | By Larry Cox

Audio Skies, importer of the wonderful sounding Larsen Model 8 speakers, seems to have found another winner in Pear Audio Blue, a Slovenian firm which...


Bent Audio AVC1 Preamplifier

The Audio Circular - No. 13 in a Series of Parallel Narratives:...

01-20-2015 | By Gary L Beard

Eight years ago or so, I purchased a pair of David Slagle's Intact Audio "Basic" $200 autoformers. They lay unloved in a drawer for five...


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Hardware Reviews

Viero Equilibrio Level 3 Speaker Cables - Old World Magic

Viero Equilibrio Level 3 Speaker Cables - Old World Magic

04-19-2015 | By Myles B. Astor

In some ways, Mark Pearson and I are birds of a feather. Among other things, we're both extremely picky and demanding about the performance of...


Inex 5

INEX Innovation Generation III Photonic Interconnects and 3D...

04-19-2015 | By Michael Wechsberg

The era of photonic interconnect cables has arrived and we should all be singing praises! What do I mean? I've written before about the photonic...


KLaudio CD-CLN-LP 200 Vinyl Record Ultrasonic Cleaner V.4 and...

04-02-2015 | By Myles B. Astor

KLaudio has introduced several significant functional and cosmetic improvements to their highly acclaimed ultrasonic record cleaning machine since my...


Belles 150A Reference V2 Amplifier

02-15-2015 | By John Hoffman

Since the early 1980's David Belles has been plying his craft with soldering iron, resistor, and capacitor to bring us some of the finest...


Symposium Acoustics Segue ISO Platform

01-29-2015 | By Bruce Kinch

  As an occasional contributor to this site, may I also mention that I "read" every issue of Positive-Feedback.com in more or less the...


INEX Innovation 3D Creator AC Cord

01-29-2015 | By Roger S. Gordon

Most power line conditioners are passive, meaning the components that are doing the conditioning are in parallel to the power cord. This is done so...


Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum Integrated

01-29-2015 | By Robert S. Youman

The Krell legacy via designer Dan D'Agostino is well known and respected if not revered. Thirty plus years ago I remember my first experience with...


Tara Labs Air Evolution Interconnects

01-29-2015 | By Marshall Nack

The Jazz Mecca At one time, you could club hop along 52nd street in New York City and hear the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles...


Vermouth Audio Black Pearl Speaker Cables - Making a Case for Globalization

Vermouth Audio Black Pearl Speaker Cables - Making a Case for...

01-19-2015 | By Al Chieng

Globalization has definitely made it easier for people to have a chance to show what they can do. When my "o fearless editor" suggested that...


K&K Audio Premium Maxxed-Out Phono Preamplifier

01-19-2015 | By Marshall Nack

Some products are disarmingly ingratiating. It's possible that attraction can be subversive, so pleasing that you let your guard drop, and thus...


Azule Platinum Moving Coil Cartridge - A True Gem

Koetsu Azule Platinum Moving Coil Cartridge - A True Gem

01-19-2015 | By Myles B. Astor

So much for the Japanese tradition of honoring your ancestors! The simply stunning looking and even better sounding blue stone body Azule Platinum...


YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeakers

YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeakers

01-19-2015 | By Danny Kaey

Certainly 2014 stood out at chez K, for it was the year that I reviewed not one, not two, but three full range, quasi statement speakers...


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Interviews

David Robinson and David Elias on DSD... Interviewed by Steve...

02-19-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Enjoy the Music.TV's interview with David W. Robinson of Positive Feedback magazine and singer/musician/songwriter David Elias. Hosted by...


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RMAF 2014 DSD Panel Presentation

02-10-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Click here to watch the DSD panel discussion from RMAF 2014.


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Music Reviews

Impressions: The First Batch of Yarlung Records Quad DSD...

04-18-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Quad DSD (DSD256) is arriving! And I am delighted to say that it is doing so with some albums that makes us sit up and take notice of the powerful...


Notes of an Amateur: Buxtehude, CPE Bach, pianist Wu Han

04-18-2015 | By Bob Neill

Dieterich Buxtehude. Complete Vocal Works, 10 volumes (17 CD's). Ton Koopman. Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Chorus. Challenge Classics. In my...


Notes of an Amateur: Petrenko plays Elgar 1; Ibragimova's...

04-18-2015 | By Bob Neill

Elgar, Symphony No. 1. Cockaigne Overture. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko. Onyx. ONYX4145. Why listen to Elgar? Unless...


Joseph Rouleau: Operas Russes

02-04-2015 | By Stephen Francis Vasta

CD: Orchestra of Radio Canada/Jean Deslauriers; *unidentified pianist DVD: Nancy De Long (s), Feodor; Misha Raitzen (t), Shuisky; Yoland Guérard...


The Jayhawks

02-02-2015 | By Andy Goldenberg

Springing out of Minneapolis in the early '90's, the Jayhawks' music offered a healthy musical antidote to the rainy weather nihilism...


Impressions: 2L's Magnificent Magnificat (SACD stereo; Double...

01-22-2015 | By David W. Robinson

Shall I confess something? I've fallen in love. This time with an exceptional chorale and orchestral recording from Morten Lindberg and the good...


Yarlung Records: DSD Albums from Native DSD A New Adventure in...

01-04-2015 | By Robert H. Levi

I am new to the digital download game, but better late than never! With my excellent Astell&Kern 240 portable digital audio player (DAP) as a music...


Dance With The Dead, Near Dark

01-02-2015 | By Jimmy Bustillos

Imagine this, it is 1986, your girlfriend/boyfriend has been kidnapped, people out there are trying to kill you, and you can only rely on yourself for...


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Our Friends At HIFI Statement

Nordeutsche Hifi-Tage, second largest Hifi Show in Germany part...

01-29-2015 | By Wolfgang Kemper und Dirk Sommer

Zum zehnjährigen Jubiläum konnten die Norddeutschen Hifi-Tage mit mehr Ausstellern aufwarten als je zuvor. Kein Wunder also, dass wir auch noch für.... . . Read More »


Nordeutsche Hifi-Tage, second largest Hifi Show in Germany part...

01-29-2015 | By Wolfgang Kemper

Wie Matthias Jung bereits schrieb, es wird von Jahr zu Jahr stetig besser. Dieses war die zehnte, also Jubiläumsveranstaltung dieser bedeutendsten.... . . Read More »


Nordeutsche Hifi-Tage, second largest Hifi Show in Germany part...

01-29-2015 | By Matthias Jung

Fieses, nasskaltes Wetter konnte auch dieses Jahr den Ansturm auf die Norddeutschen HiFi-Tage des Hifistudios Bramfeld nicht bremsen. Noch einmal um.... . . Read More »


Leadingedge Racksystem (in German)

01-29-2015 | By Jürgen Saile

Seien wir doch einmal ehrlich, der allerbeste Weg, unser Hifi-System zu verbessern ist der Austausch einer Komponente gegen ein neues Modell. Und wenn.... . . Read More »


Revel Performa 3 Speaker (in German)

01-29-2015 | By Peter Banholzer

Man sieht sich immer zweimal im Leben – diese Erfahrung haben ja schon viele erleben dürfen oder müssen. Bevor ich mit dem Test beginne, muss ich.... . . Read More »


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Our Friends At High Fidelity

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MUSIC ON VINYL - How the black disc conquered the world

02-10-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

  BACK IN BLACK The vinyl is back for good. If there are people who haven't noticed this yet, they are clearly the sort that have no interest...


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Vermöuth Audio Black Pearl Speaker Cables

02-06-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Most of Poles realize that there are two countries in Europe who's flags are a combination of horizontal white and red strips. One of them is...


PTP Audio

PTP Audio SOLID9 Audiomods SERIES FIVE Turntable + Tonearm

02-05-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

There are certain inventions, technologies and design ideas that should have disappeared long ago, and yet stubbornly cling to existence. They are only...


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Mark Levinson №52 40th Anniversary Line/Phono Preamplifier

02-04-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

Each business enterprise has its own so-called "founding myth" (in Western classical scholarship often referred to as etiological myth from...


AR (5)

Acoustic Revive RCA-1.5 TRIPLE C-FM Interconnect and SPC-2.5...

02-02-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

In 1986, Professor Atsumi Ohno of the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan, a respected inventor and scientist, after years of research proposed an...


Linear Audio Research

Linear Audio Research IA-120H Integrated Amplifier

01-29-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

I've been trying to remember how long have we known each other with Mr Eugeniusz Czyżewski and I've realized it's been 12 years already....


G-Lab Design

G•LAB Design Fidelity BLOCK Integrated Amplifier

01-29-2015 | By Wojciech Pacuła

New audio brands emerging on the market have become an everyday experience. Each year I come across new brands, names and designs, the same with new...


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Show Reports

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2015 CES - A Yellow Brick Road Of Integrated Amplifiers

04-19-2015 | By Robert S. Youman

If you have been following my reviews over the last few years, I have taken a considerable interest in integrated amplifiers. This includes those from...


AES 2014

Sidebar: AES 2014 Awards

01-29-2015 | By Scott Dorsey

Best Sound in Show Pro Audio LA took some folks offsite to a studio called The Realm to audition some gear, most notably the new Guzauski-Swist...


AES 2015

AES 2014 Show Report

01-15-2015 | By Scott Dorsey

The AES show has long been two shows in one: a scientific conference in one set of rooms and a trade show in another set of rooms. What is great about...


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