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Finley Audio debuts Stratus and Cirrus line of cables | CAF 2019

By | November 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Finley CAF 2019

WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Making the short trip to our nation’s capital, we had the pleasure to meet with Finley Audio. Finley Audio is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based company, with all production taking place here in the USA.

Finley CAF 2019

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Tenacious Sound.

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

Currently Finley Audio produces Power, Interconnects (both RCA and XLR), and dedicated Phono cables, with Speaker cables to come in the near future.… Read the full article

Spatial Audio, LTA, LampizatOr, Anticables | CAF 2019

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I tend to search out the Spatial Audio rooms at high-end audio shows such as the 2019 Capital Audiofest–they usually pair with Linear Tube Audio, one of my favorite amplifier manufacturers, and they always achieve an unusually tactic, enveloping sound that I find seductive. (In particular, I think the open-baffle Spatial Audio loudspeakers are one of the best pure transducers for the human voice, hence their slogan “Return to Purity.”) The Spatial Audio room was very similar to the rooms I’ve heard in the past, with Anticables, an LTA Z10 Integrated and a LampizatOr Amber 3 DAC.… Read the full article

Now Listen Here, Legacy Audio, Rogue Audio, Roon Labs, Audience Cables, and NAD | CAF 2019

By | November 10th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Jessica Sherrick of Now Listen Here

WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Now Listen Here was showing a full Legacy Audio and Rogue Audio display at Capital Audiofest 2019. Along for the ride: Roon Labs, Audience Cables, and NAD Electronics.

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Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Tenacious Sound.

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

As I aimlessly wandered Capital Audiofest 2019, I was lucky enough to stumble into the Montgomery room where I truly “found myself” while chatting with Now Listen Here owners Aaron and Jessica Sherrick.… Read the full article

Backert Labs, Soundstage Audio, High Fidelity Cables | CAF 2019

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Backert Labs Soundstage CAF 2019

WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Backert Labs, along with Soundstage Audio (formerly known as Star Sound Technologies), and High Fidelity Cables assembled a sweet sounding system for Capital Audiofest 2019.

Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!

Backert Labs Soundstage CAF 2019

It was my first listen to the Backert Labs Rhythm 1.3 (~$10k) tube preamplifier, which features a completely dual-mono power supply, even down to the transformer having two separate power. Power supply capacitors are of the copper V-cap variety, no tin allowed.… Read the full article

Kimber Kable's Carbon 8 Interconnects, Carbon 18 XL Speaker Cables, Ascent Power Cables, and Select Copper USB Cable

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Review By Tom Lyle

With this article, Positive Feedback continues its content-sharing relationship with Enjoy the Music. Tom Lyle shares his thoughts about Kimber Kable’s Carbon 8 Interconnects, Carbon 18 XL Speaker Cables, Ascent Power Cables, and Select Copper USB Cable.

Dr. David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief

I’ve often said that the best way to test audio cable is to rewire one’s entire system with that brand or model. This way one will be able to hear the difference in sound quality without any influence from other types of cable, and truly hear its affects.… Read the full article

Just In from CAF (Part II): VK Audio Room with Sparkler Audio CD Player, EkeKit Amplification, AER Speakers, Mogami Cables

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Some products I review touch my heart and affect how I see all other products that I review afterwards. VK Audio’s made-in-Japan $1785 EleKit TU-8600R 300B single-ended tube amp kit was one of those. This amp uses Swedish-made Lundahl transformers (and super-premium parts) to deliver near-state-of-the-art performance at a price anyone with a soldering iron could afford. Because it made such a good pairing, this amp had a huge impact on my review of the $650/pair Klipsch RP-600M loudspeakers. Because it made such a good pairing, I called up John DeVore (DeVore Fidelity) and said, “Hey man, what’s the matter with you?… Read the full article

Just In from CAF (Part II): VK Audio Room with Sparkler Audio CD Player, EleKit Amplification, AER Speakers, Mogami Cables

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Some products I review touch my heart and affect how I see all other products that I review afterwards. VK Audio’s made-in-Japan $1785 EleKit TU-8600R 300B single-ended tube amp kit was one of those. This amp uses Swedish-made Lundahl transformers (and super-premium parts) to deliver near-state-of-the-art performance at a price anyone with a soldering iron could afford. Because it made such a good pairing, this amp had a huge impact on my review of the $650/pair Klipsch RP-600M loudspeakers. Because it made such a good pairing, I called up John DeVore (DeVore Fidelity) and said, “Hey man, what’s the matter with you?… Read the full article

Overture Room: Technics’ SL-1000RE-S turntable, Van Den Hul Master Signature Cartridge and Grail SB Phono Preamp, Magico M2 Loudspeakers, Esoteric Grandioso C1 Preamplifier and Grandioso M1 Amplifiers, Shunyata Cables, HRS Racks, Artnovation Room Tuning

By | November 6th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Overture Room: Technics’ SL-1000RE-S turntable, Van Den Hul Master Signature Cartridge and Grail SB Phono Preamp, Magico M2 Loudspeakers, Esoteric Grandioso C1 Preamplifier and Grandioso M1 Amplifiers, Shunyata Cables, HRS Racks, Artnovation Room Tuning | Stereophile.com


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Tekton Moab, McGary Audio SA-2 Integrated Amplifier, Exogal Comet DAC and Ion Power DAC, Anticables

By | November 6th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I like speakers with dark wood finishes. My friend Sphere loves speakers painted red. My partner “bb” prefers blue ones that match her room. Tekton Design makes speakers in these and many other colors and finishes. Tekton speakers, though, also have many tweeters, which gives them a distinctive look.

I always get happy seeing Tekton Design’s principal Eric Alexander. I’ve reviewed two of his speakers (the Pendragon and the Impact Monitors), and I am a fan of Eric’s “tweeter arrays;” they deliver a precise and seamless midband that must be heard to be appreciated.… Read the full article

Genesis Maestro Loudspeakers, Merrill Audio Christine Linestage and Element 116 Monoblocks, EMM Labs DAC2x, Genesis Racks, Cables, and Power Cords

By | November 5th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Do you know why New Yorkers are always depressed? Because the light at the end of the tunnel is New Jersey.

My friend Laurence Borden told me that joke. He has a PhD in neuropharmacology and is the owner-operator of Distinctive Stereo in River Vale, New Jersey. (Don’t neuropharmacologists study the effects of drugs on the brain and nervous system?)

I told Larry, when an audio system is really good, I need a neuropharmacologist to explain why. He replied, “The audio system you are listening to is really good and here is part of the reason why.” Whereupon he introduced me to Gary Leonard Koh, the designer of the $30K Genesis Advanced technologies Maestro loudspeakers I was listening to.… Read the full article