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07-19-2017 | By Scott Dorsey

AES 2017 Berlin

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 and talk with people actually doing real audio research. This year AES 2017 Berlin was no exception. The conference was held in a hotel on the former East German... Read More »

07-14-2017 | By David W. Robinson

Impressions: The Sonoma Acoustics Model One Headphones [UPDATED]

[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 regarding how the Sonoma Acoustics Model One handles DSD sources. You'll want to see what I have to say.] I like headphones. Heck, I love headphones. Always have, going back to my... Read More »

07-13-2017 | By Jeremy Kipnis

From the Kipnis Studios (KSS) - A Cursory History of My Exploration into AC Power Filtration, Regeneration, and the Proximate Effect of Weird Enhancements on Audio Recording & Playback

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, presumably to make it sound better. Who hasn't played around with isolation pucks or cables at some point or another? But often critics of audiophilia start out with... Read More »

07-07-2017 | By Stephen Francis Vasta

Mephisto & Co.

LISZT: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (with two concert endings). MUSSORGSKY: Night on Bald Mountain. LIADOV: Baba Yaga. FRANCK: The Accursed Huntsman. DUKAS: The Sorcerer's Apprentice. SAINT-SAËNS: Danse macabre. ARNOLD: Tam O'Shanter.  J.STRAUSS II: Lucifer Polka. Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue. Reference Recordings RR-82CD.  TT: 71.56 DOWNLOADS: Amazon.com (mp3); emp3s.co (mp3); itunes.apple.com; qobuz.com ("16-bit" mp3);  referencerecordings.com (Apple lossless, FLAC,... Read More »

07-03-2017 | By John Marks

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

Dear friend and fellow sojourner John Marks once again shares a musical morsel with us, originally published on his blog site, The Tannhauser Gate (http://www.thetannhausergate.com). This is a fine video of the guitar master, John McLaughlin, swingin' with Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show band. As John observes below, what can one say? As the ancient Romans would... Read More »

07-01-2017 | By Positive Feedback

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

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) introducing the new partnership between audioMUSINGS and Positive Feedback and the resulting new web format. Oh, and we dropped the "Online" part a awhile ago... We were so young-er-ish (circa 2005). "Yes, I can teach... Read More »

07-01-2017 | By Positive Feedback

The Lowther Medallion II Loudspeakers 

This article, by Jeff Silverstein, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print - Vol. 8, No. 2, 1999. I miss my Lowther Medallion II loudspeakers. A lot. I had them for a while in 1998 and got to hear some magical sound. Tony Glynn of the Lowther Club of America (he is the Lowther Club of America)... Read More »

07-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

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

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 loneliness It's a place of birth And a door to nothingness Olga Jackowska, Łóżko in: Maanam, Łóżko, Kamiling Co. | Pomaton EMI 852718, CD (1996) Let's replace... Read More »

07-01-2017 | By Wojciech Pacuła

A Few Simple Words About the Future of Audio, Munich High End 2017 Interviews

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. I justify myself, giving lack of time as an excuse (which is true), but it does not absolve me from the fact that I simply did not manage... Read More »

06-29-2017 | By Roger Skoff

Raising Hi-Fi Consciousness

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 first of them, the Los Angeles Audio Show ("LAAS") has already happened and I loved it. I saw a great many of my friends; had the wonderful honor of... Read More »

06-27-2017 | By Bob Neill

Notes of an Amateur: Osorio Plays Brahms and Schubert; Bostridge's Schubert; Bartok Quartets by the Heath Quartet; Gardiner's St. Matthew Passion; Leonard Bernstein's Solo Piano Music

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 century—Brahms was the center of my initial musical universe, the symphonies in particular. As is often the case if you 'grow up' on a particular style and composer  (unless you... Read More »

06-25-2017 | By John Marks

Frank Sinatra's Hi-Fi, circa 1947

Well, lawdy Miss Clawdy! John Marks' latest republication from The Tannhauser Gate is compact, but delicious. A shout from the past, really, right after World War II, but before Bing Crosby's Ampex Corporation with its pilfered Nazi technology that we today call "tape recorders" hit the scene. 78s everywhere, of course; no LPs to be seen. A... Read More »

06-24-2017 | By Gary L Beard

PS Audio's New Huron Operating System for the DirectStream Junior DAC

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 review, HERE. Since that time, DS Junior been the primary source for my digital audio system. The beating heart of the DSJ (and big bro DirectStream), is its custom Field... Read More »

06-24-2017 | By Claude Lemaire

Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 4

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 Lonely Hearts Club Band. Parlophone PCS 7027 (1967), MoFi ‎– MFSL 1-100 (JVC) (1983), 33 1/3 rpm). Genre: rock, psychedelic, art rock, baroque pop, raga, avant-garde It was fifty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught... Read More »

06-17-2017 | By David W. Robinson

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

Sometimes you write reviews. Sometimes you write raves. And sometimes you write love songs… Introduction "Sherman, set the Way-Back Machine to THE Show Newport Beach Michael Vamos. I met him a few years ago at a THE Show at Newport Beach. He had just started his high-end audio distribution biz, Audio Skies (http://www.audioskies.com), at around... Read More »

06-16-2017 | By Robert Schryer

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

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, Forum-sponsored Klipsch Pilgrimage, at a motel in Hope, Arkansas, cradle of the Klipsch speaker company. It was an event intended to honor Klipsch and its founder, Paul Wilbur Klipsch (PWK),... Read More »

06-16-2017 | By Marc Phillips

The Secret Sisters, You Don't Own Me Anymore

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, Nash and Young? The Fleet Foxes, who finally put out a somewhat troublesome yet utterly charming third album this week? My personal pick—John Doe and Exene from X—may be off the beaten path,... Read More »

06-15-2017 | By John Marks

Joel Fredericksen and Ensemble Phoenix Munich, Requiem for a Pink Moon

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 Gate.  In this case, we have the delight of hearing the fusion of Elizabethan modalities with...mirabile dictu!...none other than a particular favorite of mine, Nick Drake. As unlikely as it seems, the... Read More »

06-10-2017 | By Carol Clark

Los Angeles Audio Show Part Five

Continuing on with our coverage of the Los Angeles Audio Show... Part Five. ELAC. Stellar speakers for $6k a pair. MBL radialstrahler loudspeakers, new Noble Line stereo preamplifier, mono amplifier, and CD-DAC N31. Wireworld Eclipse Series 7 cabling. Perfect8, High End Zone, Ypsilon, Aurender. Rafe Arnott of Part-Time Audiophile checking the gear out. Perfect8 loudspeaker.... Read More »

06-09-2017 | By Greg Weaver

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

Bavarian Spring My flight landed at Flughafen München in Munich, the Bavarian capital and third most populous city in Germany, exactly on time, mid-morning Wednesday, May 17th. After stretching, collecting my bag, changing some currency from US dollars to Euro's, and using a vending machine to buy a Day Travel Pass for Munich's extensive public... Read More »

06-05-2017 | By Adam Goldfine

An Interview with Dan D'Agostino

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 A, solid-state amplifiers that were nearly indestructible and could drive any speaker load presented to it. They were among the first solid-state components to provide a viable alternative to... Read More »



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Kimber Kable Axios USB Cable: ...

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, this tour-de-force design is a semi-affordable $900 for a meter. This is... Read More »

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 Deutsche Gramophone variety; my ten years older brother had vastly greater... Read More »

Doshi Audio V3.0 Tapestage:...

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 a lot of tape software available at the time but the same held true for... Read More »

The Murasakino Musique Analogue...

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 designers have been working at maximizing & refining the performance of... Read More »

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 speaker they purchase, my 12X20 foot den can accommodate speakers bigger... Read More »

A Tale of Two Power Cables - TARA...

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 basses (our eyes were level with the stage). When you purchase discount... Read More »

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 East side of Washington state, which had been our home base for over 15... Read More »

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 acquired the cool looking and flexible Ortofon T30 that did quite well.... Read More »

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 released in excess of 5 earphones in the past 18 months, the company are a... Read More »

Synergistic Research PowerCell 12...

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 2014. It made a tremendous impact on the overall sound of my system—all for... Read More »

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 the best open air headphones in the world. The PS1000e headphones were... Read More »

Synergistic Research Galileo UEF...

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 the lookout for something better. These days, with the quality of... Read More »

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 own sonic signature. To this day, I still have a soft spot for Class A/B... Read More »

Fiio X5 3rd Generation Digital...

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 with a keen attention to detail and reception for critical feedback, Fiio... Read More »

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 cartridges, Porter Ports, Stillpoints, and custom Custom Analog/Digital... Read More »

Einstein Audio Components – The...

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 review (which you can find HERE) we had traveled from cartridge to tone... Read More »


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PS Audio very kindly provided me a P10 Power Plant Regenerator for review back in March, and after...

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