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Dayton Audio MK402BT Bluetooth Speaker Review

By | August 19th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

There is currently a preponderance of single poweredwalmart pyle discoo jam.jpeg Bluetooth and WiFi speakers on the market like the RBH Soundkick ($129), or the Oppo Sonica ($299), but a simple Google search shows a lack of decent budget powered Bluetooth speaker pairs out there. Sure, you can get a Disco Jam pair of active speakers from Walmart for $99, but like mopeds, they’re fun to ride, but do you really want to have your friends catch you on one.

It doesn’t mean they aren’t available, in fact we reviewed the Edifier S2000 Pro Bluetooth Powered Speakers recently and found them to have fantastically detailed sound with gorgeous cabinetry for $400/pr. … Read the full article

HiFiBerry announce DAC+ DSP for the Raspberry Pi

By | August 18th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Raspberry Pi (Raspi) deployed as an audio device can often sound weak to audiophile ears. Its digital (USB) output is electrically noisy and the onboard D/A conversion puts the Raspi’s 3.5mm analogue output on par with the average smartphone. Not great.

Extending the Raspi with a HAT board, like those offered up by HiFiBerry, can turn that frown upside down. Their DAC+ HAT (and its variants) pulls a Raspi’s digital audio up through the connecting 40-pin riser to execute its own superior sounding D/A conversion.… Read the full article

In Memoriam: John Stancavage

By | August 18th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

by Kerry Malone

“Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get through this life — and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.” — Dean Koontz

First, John wanted you to be sad he’s gone, but, more than that, happy to have him as a friend. He surely was happy to be your friend.

He’s sad he’s gone, too. He had so much in life that he still wanted to do.… Read the full article

Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 is an EISA Award Winner!

By | August 18th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Chord Electronics’ ground-breaking Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amplifier has won Europe’s most prestigious DAC award: EISA DAC 2018/19. The award from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) reflects the pooled experience of EISA’s expert magazines in Europe, the USA, Canada, India, Hong Kong/China, Japan and Australia, and acknowledges Hugo 2’s long-established position as the world’s […]

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Audeze Arrivals

By | August 18th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

It was a big box, it was sitting in my front hallway when I opened the door and had Audeze markings on the side.

This excited me. This made me happy. It had been a long week and boxes of new gear always puts a smile on my face.

I had spoken briefly a while back with Audeze CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram about getting some fresh headphones sent to me for review and he replied that he’d send me a mix of ‘phones to try out.… Read the full article

Bartók network DAC replaces dCS Debussy

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

When a company as serious about music reproduction as the UK’s dCS (data Conversion Systems) sets out to replace one of their most popular and long-lasting DACs there is no room for error.

Aretha Franklin – Some Vibrations Linger Longer

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Radio Free Chip

The French have a phrase for it.

The bastards have a phrase for everything and they are always right.

To say goodbye is to die a little.

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Aretha Franklin

It’s always too damn soon to say goodbye. 

I have always believed…well, postulated in any event, the notion that when we pass on, shapeshifters that we are (matter and energy being interchangeable, in that it can neither be created nor destroyed), that our souls, for want of a better term, reflect all of our corporeal and spiritual aspects, simultaneously, and that in throwing off this decrepit mortal coil, we are at one with all of those aspects. … Read the full article

Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks, Cruisin' for Surf Bunnies

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks Cruisin' for Surf Bunnies

Light in the Attic Records LITA169, colored LP $22, LP $20, CD $12, available at

“Lee Hazlewood wasn’t a cowboy, but he sure played the part. He never took LSD but made some far-out, psychedelic records, and he sure as shit didn’t surf…but he had a brief yet prolific output of surf music. The man pretty much tried a hand at nearly every genre incarnation of rock and roll from the 1950s until the end of the 1970s.”

So begins the extensive liner notes of yet another fabulous discovery from Seattle-based Light in the Attic Records.… Read the full article

Peter Ledermann is the Artisan Smithy of Sound, Part 2: The New Soundsmith Zephyr Mk III Phonograph Cartridge!

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

If you read Part 1 of this Soundsmith review series in Positive Feedback Issue 98 (HERE), where I wrote about the new Carmen Mk II phonograph cartridge, you know that I found the Carmen Mk II to be one of the most musically enjoyable phonograph cartridges I have ever written about.

The Carmen Mk II demonstrated desirable qualities in abundance by being relatively affordable ($1000 USD), having a naturally warm, dimensional, and musical balance, with the added bonus of having a relatively high output so you don’t have to use an expensive step-up transformer with it to play music.… Read the full article

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|


Forget the misguided moral and political complaints:Three Billboards is a masterpiece, a dark tale about grief, anger, and the inadequate cushions of community. It’s also funny as hell. Writer-director Martin McDonagh, an Irish playwright (two words that say much), has long explored Biblical themes through vernacular-profane language and deeply flawed characters (his best film until now,In Bruges, was basically about sin).

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