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RTR Tape Start to EQ


Harold Tichenor is a Rell-to-Reel (RTR) tape archivist with over 40 years of experience as a professional. His prior article for Positive Feedback was an important summary of RTR provenance and tape generations, which I highly recommend to our readers. In this article, Harold outlines the history and elementals of RTR tape reproduction. It is... Read More »


The Fuse Box, an Ice Box, and the Mixed Metal Arts - Further Rumination on the Swiss Digital Fuse Box


Back in February's Issue 132 (HERE) I wrote about the remarkable improvement in my system from replacing a couple pricey audiophile fuses with first one, and then two Swiss Digital Fuse Boxes. At that time there remained a couple of unresolved issues—first was the impending arrival of a rhodium-plated tellurium copper "Super-Duper-Sluggo" (the actual metal... Read More »


Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 40


This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations 236. Charlie Mingus, Blues & Roots. Atlantic – SD 1305 (1960), 33 1/3 rpm, Analogue Productions – APA 001-45 (2023), Atlantic 75 Audiophile Series, (2x45 rpm). Genre: experimental big band, avant garde jazz, blues, hardbop, swing. Here is a great album featuring six tracks including the well... Read More »


Sounds of the Summer: Cool and Collectible Limited Edition Colored Vinyl LPs from Rhino Entertainment


Rhino Entertainment has just launched their Sounds of the Summer LP series, which features a slate of 24 limited edition LP releases, with most of them being offered in deep sea blue colored-vinyl versions. The multitude of releases traverses a broad range of genres and artists, and includes catalog album reissues, greatest hits packages, and... Read More »


Just Turn Me Loose, George Maharis


I've spent decades searching my butt off for interesting and well-recorded albums, all while some albums, including some really good ones, were just sitting in my path. Just Turn Me Loose (Epic BN 26037) by actor-singer George Maharis (1928-2023) is a prime example of an album that was just sitting and waiting for me to... Read More »


The Acoustic Revive Chronicles, Chapter 15: RTS-30 Turntable Mat, RHS-1 Headshell, RHR-21 Helmholtz Resonator, CS-3K Outlet Stabilizer, RCI-3HK Cable Lifts, and RGC-24K Ground Conditioner!


Greetings friends, and welcome to Chapter 15 of the Acoustic Revive Chronicles! You can see a list of the previous chapters of the Acoustic Revive Chronicles in the archives HERE. In Chapter 15 of the Acoustic Revive Chronicles I'll be telling you about the new RTS-30 turntable mat, RHS-1 headshell, RHR-21 Helmholtz resonator, and the... Read More »


New from the audio analyst© - Virtual High End Munich - It's a Wrap!


Following my first three episodes from this year's event, these wrap-up event episodes bring you my final three sets of coverage, each addressing three remarkable rooms. Can you say World Premieres? In this episode, I explore the world premiere of the Kronos Discover Phono stage, the Göble Divin Comtesse loudspeakers, and Alon Wolf's Magico S5... Read More »


Yes, Fragile: Super Deluxe Edition from Rhino Entertainment


Rhino Entertainment has just released the Super Deluxe Edition of progressive rock titans Yes' fourth studio album, 1971's Fragile. Now available in an expansive multi-disc box set, Fragile: Super Deluxe Edition (SDE) offers media choices that will satisfy all listeners. The unusual package design features an LP-sized gatefold jacket that matches the band's recent SDE... Read More »


Rhino Opens the Vault and We are the Big Winners! Two Fantastic Vinyl Box Sets from Dire Straits and Lindsey Buckingham


Dire Straits Live 1978-1992 Let me get right to the point! The sound quality of each and every reissue in this box set is absolutely magnificent! There are many reasons, but three are extremely important. All of the vinyl was mastered by Andy Walter at Abbey Road and cut by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman... Read More »


Impressions: My AXPONA 2024 Audio Oasis! Awards, Part This One...


Ye Olde Editor delivering the goods, Corvallis, Oregon, 1972. (Photograph by John Hull.) Yes, I've always been this way. Munich has come and gone...so has my serious bout with pneumonia...and I'd like to get my AXPONA 2024 Audio Oasis! Awards published before any more time goes by. (These are two big shows that are too... Read More »


High-End Audio Luminary Michael Fremer Produces His First Record Album


Reprinted with permission from Copper magazine. Michael Fremer needs little introduction to Copperreaders. He's been a stalwart of the high-end audio industry for decades, and is currently the editor of The Tracking Angleand editor at large at The Absolute Sound. He has been a champion of vinyl since long before the days in the early 1980s when the "Perfect... Read More »


The Strangest Hobby


Roger Skoff writes about audiophilia No matter how busy we are with home, family, making or spending money, or any of our other more mundane concerns, all of us have time and resources that are not demanded for something else, and things that we do or enjoy for no reason other than simply that we... Read More »


ampsandsound Kenzie Integrated Amplifier


It's been a little over eight years since I last reviewed an amplifier by Southern California's ampsandsound (HERE). In the intervening years, Justin Weber has taken his little, almost hobbyist endeavor into the world of being a serious full-fledged business manufacturing extremely high quality boutique products. His lineup currently includes six amplifiers designed for driving... Read More »


Tekton Lore Loudspeakers


This article by Steve Lefkowicz originally ran in Positive Feedback's ISSUE 60 March/April 2012, so while we call this section "New Old Stock - Articles from Our Days in Print" you are also going to see some articles from our early days of going online.  This might be a little longer than normal introduction. Those... Read More »


Revisiting the Oldies: Gershwin and Copland


Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue*; An American in Paris; Cuban Overture. Ivan Davis, piano*; Cleveland Orchestra/Lorin Maazel.  Copland, Appalachian Spring; Fanfare for the Common Man. Los Angeles Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta. London Jubilee  417 716-2.  TT: 71.17 For me, as a professional musician and a professional listener, life doesn't always allow much time for repeat listening. But I find it instructive... Read More »


The Legacy Continues – The Valve Amplification Company (VAC) Renaissance SE Phono Stage


Over the last two years, I have been on a determined mission to find a standalone phono stage for my system. I have been experimenting with both solid state and tube phono stages at several different price points. I have posted a few reviews, but not for everything that has entered my listening room. The... Read More »


Bella Sound Hana Power Conditioner


Fifteen or more years ago I purchased a John Curl/Jack Bybee Signature Pro power conditioner, and still use it to this day. The Signature Pro used two power cords, each one connected to a bank of four outlets, one bank labeled Digital and the other Analog. Each bank utilized three Bybee Quantum Purifiers. You may... Read More »


Notes on Recent Finds, No. 22 - Six Marvelous Pure DSD256 Recordings


With some of the best sonics you will ever experience, I'd like to introduce you to six recently released Pure DSD256 recordings from Eudora Records, Hunnia Records, and Yarlung Records. All of these albums are originally recorded directly to DSD256 and not to analog tape and then transferred to DSD. If you value the ultimate... Read More »


Joni Mitchell, The Asylum Albums (1976-1980), on 180 gram LPs and CDs from Rhino Entertainment


Rhino Entertainment continues the superb Joni Mitchell Archives Series with their latest installment, The Asylum Albums (1976-1980), which presents newly remastered versions of Joni Mitchell's final four albums for David Geffen's Asylum Records. Including the studio recordings Hejira (1976), the double album Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (1977), and Mingus (1979), along with Joni's double live... Read More »


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