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Cables & consistency

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Tell the Average Joe not versed in the double trouble of electrical noise and jitter that you dropped US$350 on a USB cable and s/he’ll likely question your sanity. Audiophiles know what Joe does not: that not all USB connections are born equal.

For this commentator, there’s no doubting the Curious USB cable’s audible superiority to vanilla wire – some of which doesn’t even meet the USB spec. The Curious also knocks out other audiophile-aimed offerings like AudioQuest’s Carbon. Old Yella lends music more pep, more detail and a better sense of space but without straying into the Carbon’s occasional brightness — a handful of reasons why the Curious has been my goto USB wire for the past three years.… Read the full article

The Acoustic Revive Chronicles, Chapter 14: The Absolute Power Cables, The RCA Absolute FM Interconnects, and the PC-TripleC/EX Headshell Leads

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

I first became aware of Mr. Ken Ishiguro’s Acoustic Revive products in 2007 when they were recommended to me by Mr. Yoshi Hontani (The MuSon Project, Osaka, Japan), who exports hifi exotica from the Leben Hi-Fi Stereo Company, the Spec Corporationfo. QAudio ReplasKRYNA, SFORZAT, Murasakino Ltd, and of course, the subject of this article, Acoustic Revive. 

This is Chapter 14 of my series entitled the Acoustic Revive Chronicles, and it sort of amazes me to think that from my first review of the Acoustic Revive RR-77 Schumann Ultra Low-Frequency Pulse Generator (photo below), back in February of 2008, that with this article for Positive Feedback, I’ve now written fifteen different articles about Acoustic Revive products over the last ten years.… Read the full article

Moon Audio Silver Dragon V1 and Bronze Dragon IEM Cables

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Moon Audio Silver Dragon V1 and Bronze Dragon IEM Cables

Moon Audio is a world-class retailer of high-performance personal- and home-audio components, and also the manufacturer of the critically acclaimed Dragon Series personal-audio cables. Despite its growing reputation, Moon remains a family-based business, run by company founder Drew Baird and his wife Nichole. Baird has been building personal-audio cables since 2003, making Moon one of the first firms to recognize the performance potential of well-designed personal-audio interconnects and cables. This capsule review looks at two Moon offerings, both geared for use with high-performance earphones and CIEMs: the Bronze Dragon IEM cable ($200) and the Silver Dragon V1 IEM cable ($195).… Read the full article

Of Railway Gauges and Speaker Cables/Posts: One Size Does NOT Fit All

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

It is 2018 and the very idea of having to exit the train on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Mongolia’s Ulan Bator and China as neither country can find it in their diplomacy to coordinate their respective railway gauges is absurd. So, for just about 3 hours the bogies (wheels) have to come off and every member of the train’s staff has to pitch in to reconfigure the undercarriage so the train can proceed. C’mon, it should not have to be this way and yet this quaint practice shows little if any sign of abating.

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CAF 2018: LinnenberG, QLN, Aqua Acoustic Quality, Innuos, GigaWatt, SGR, Swiss Cables; from Well Pleased A|V

By | November 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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LinnenberG shows us that Ruhr valley sound, QLN gets our name right, Aqua Acoustic Quality goes all optological on us, Innuos gives us our moment of Zen, GigaWatt whips the power into shape, SGR HiFi Racks hold things up and yet still get us there on time, and Swiss Cables leave no holes in the signal.

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The room could be best described; A seven brand volley of sound, from American “super-distributor” Mark Sossa at Well Pleased A|V. What Mark does to curate the best gear around is still a mystery to me.… Read the full article

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R+C+L, Part 2:  Roger Skoff Writes More About Cables and What Really Matters

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Roger Skoff at the LA Audio Show, 2017:  a portrait by David W. Robinson

In Part 1 of this two-part article, I pointed out that we audiophiles are the only fan group I know of who argue, not just about which stuff is better, but about whether, for some products, there’s any difference at all!

We do this, I said, about any number things (amplifiers, various tweaks and treatments, and so forth) but most of all, we argue about cables.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: McGary Audio, Salk Signature Sound, Exogal, AntiCables; mouthwatering sound

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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McGary Audio shows us what thirty watts can do, Salk Signature Sound gives us the BeAT, Exogal supplies the tunes, and AntiCables once again binds together one of the best sounding systems of the show.

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“Blindsided”, is a word I used in my show report notes. I know the Salk Signature Sound… sound, but to me the SONG 3 BeAT loudspeaker is something extra special. The new SONG 3 BeAT features a single Satori beryllium tweeter (Be) mounted atop an Audio Technology (AT) 4″ mid-range, while down below a 7.5″ woofer handles bass down to 33Hz.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: KRELL, Alta, Acoustic Signature, AntiCables; A renewed faith

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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KRELL Industries unveils their new K-300i integrated, Alta Audio shows off their superbly underrated Celesta FRM-2 speaker, Acoustic Signature supplies all things analog with a Triple X turntable, whilst AntiCables ties it all together with bow.

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Krell Industries, one of the first to ever offer a high-end integrated, debuted an updated K-300i integrated amplifier that sports copious amounts of power and connectivity.

Like the KAV-300i from 1996, and the S-300i over a decade later, the new K-300i aims to reclaim the helm the high-end integrated mountain top by delivering 150 wpc into 8-ohms, or 300 wpc into 4-ohms.… Read the full article

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Audience to Debut New Cables and Power Products at Capital Audiofest 2018

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Audience to Debut New Cables and Power Products at Capital Audiofest 2018

The following is a press release issued by Audience. October 25, 2018 – The frontRow interconnects, speaker cables and powerChords are Audience's new flagship line of cable and powerChords. They utilize the company's new Musical Optimized Reduction of Resistive Energy technology (MORRE) and other enhancements to deliver an extraordinary level of resolution, spatiality, image specificity, dynamic realism and musical accuracy. The forte V8 Power block brings acclaimed Audience powerline conditioning technology to a more affordable price point (SRP: $1,095). The V8 features eight audiophile-grade outlets and incorporates proprietary powerline conditioning technologies, RF power filtration, star grounding and more.… Read the full article

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MasterBuilt Audio Reference Cables

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

MasterBuilt Audio Reference Cables

MasterBuilt Audio may be a relatively new name to you, but the company has been around for more than a decade. In fact, I first received an 8-foot set of MasterBuilt Audio bi-wired speaker cables to review for another journal in January 2008, which was almost immediately after Von Schweikert Audio started to represent MBA. Then, as now, there had been a strong predilection to safeguard details on both the people behind and the proprietary technologies used by MasterBuilt. In fact, that is to some large degree why a company like Von Schweikert Audio was chosen as the worldwide distributors …… Read the full article

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