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The Audio Equipment I Regret Not Having Bought, Way Back When (Part 1)

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Audio friend and brother John Marks, he who writes The Tannhauser Gate, takes us along on a remembrance of audio things past. His list is very interesting, and includes a favorite or two of mine, as well.

Enjoy the ride!

Dr. David W. Robinson, Ye Olde Editor

darTZeel NHB-108 model one stereo power amplifier

Regrets, I have a few… even about reviewer-loan audio equipment I now wish I had bought, way back when.

The first audio magazine I wrote for was Wayne Green’s Digital Audio magazine.… Read the full article

Just In from CAF (Part I): Audio Note UK DAC and Cabling, Acapella Audio Arts Music Server, Integrated Amplifier, Loudspeakers, and Cabling, HRS Equipment Rack

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

Veteran Palo Alto, California distributor Audio Federation presented a system that included large horn-loaded speakers and Audio Note UK gear, two of my favorite things.

Staged by Cornelia and Michael Davis, the beautiful-looking Audio Federation assemblage consisted of the Acapella Audio One music server ($6875), Audio Note UK DAC Five Signature ($98,355), Acapella LaMusika integrated amplifier ($110,000), new 93″ tall, 450lb Acapella Audio Arts Campanile 2 loudspeakers ($66,500/pair) with an updated spherical horn midrange (95dB at 8 ohms), and Acapella and Audio Note UK cabling.… Read the full article

Vinnie Rossi Amplification, QLN Loudspeakers, Innous Music Server, SGR Equipment Rack, GigaWatt Power Conditioner, Triode Wire Labs Cabling

By | November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Amplifier designer Vinnie Rossi has the looks of a dapper clotheshorse. His gear is also stylish and eye-catching, kind of steampunk-techno. But there’s substance there, too.

Rossie’s hi-fi designs have advanced over 15 years at a furious clip. The latest evidence is the new Vinnie Rossie L2 Signature Edition Integrated Amplifier (L2i-SE, $18,995]. The amp features a wide-bandwidth, zero-feedback, direct-heated–triode preamplifier design, compatible with 2A3, 45, and 300B tubes, and others. The output stage has a class A/B MOSFET topology, with a dual-mono power supply and custom-wound toroidal power supply transformers.… Read the full article

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Grand Prix Audio Monza equipment supports

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Why?

That’s the question that many will ask about the new Grand Prix Monza equipment rack, prices for which start at $19,000 for a four-tier, 42″-tall rack and can even stretch to $29,500 for my review sample, which comprises a double-width, fourtier, 42″-tall rack (two side-by-side stacks of four shelves each) with two matching Monza amp stands. Why spend all that money when a solid oak table, built-in shelving, or Great Aunt Tillie’s antique cabinet might do the trick?

Alvin Lloyd, owner/designer of Grand Prix Audio, has an answer for you.… Read the full article

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Stacore CLD Footers; A Universal, Rigid Audio Equipment Footer

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Stacore CLD Footers

In the beginning I was the tweakaholic. I spent much time fooling around with and writing about all manner of audio accessories, searching for the sonic Band-Aid that would repair my sound. It wasn’t what I wanted—actually, I wasn’t sure what I wanted—and these devices always delivered something. I wore the moniker like a badge of honor. In retrospect, I have mixed feelings about it. At any rate, those days are long gone.

As my experience lengthened, and my investment ascended, I climbed that mountain to the point where, with my present reference system of CH Precision gear, Band-Aids are not welcome anymore.… Read the full article

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Magico Introduces MRACK Audio Equipment Stand

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Magico Introduces MRACK Audio Equipment Stand

The following is a press release issued by Magico. September 13, 2019 – Magico LLC is pleased to introduce the MRACK audio equipment stand. Over the past fifteen years countless amplifiers, DACs, servers, transports, turntables and cables have made their way in and out of the Magico listening room as we have prototyped and brought to market over two dozen speaker models. The cornerstones that have remained throughout it all are the Magico MRACK equipment stands. The MRACK was originally designed for our own internal R&D to maximize system performance where available options consistently fell short.… Read the full article

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The Harmonic Resolution Systems VXR equipment rack – Setup part 1

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

In this video we start setting up the VXR by putting spikes on the middle section of HRS’s statement triple-wide VXR audio equipment rack.

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The Harmonic Resolution Systems VXR equipment rack – Uncrating

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

In this video we uncrate the middle section of HRS’s statement triple-wide VXR audio equipment rack and wheel it into the listening room.

Several more videos about this process are forthcoming.

Have to say I am getting attached to the look of this modern rack next to the modern-looking speakers [especially the Porsche Agate gray on wide cabinets] in this mid-century modern home.

It was also nice that there a definite sonic improvement over even HRS’s previous state-of-the-art MXR equipment rack – most notably in the control and articulation of the bass and midrange 🙂

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Hack-a-Rack: An Equipment Stand for Audiophiles on a Budget from VTI

By | September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

VTI audio equipment rack

Yes, V-TEE-I. That is not a typo.

VTI is not from New Jersey; they don’t make turntables (although they support them nicely); as far as I know, the initials stand for something other than Virgo Taurus Industries. Actually, I had never heard of them until recently, myself. I was mulling the prospect of replacing my existing equipment rack(s) with something better suited to the limited space available in my new but smallish listening room. In my review of the Spatial Audio Hologram M-4 Triode Master speakers I included some pictures of the room.… Read the full article

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Freed MEGOHMMETER Test equipment.

By | August 25th, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: , , , |

My friend Chris brought over another piece of cool test equipment. This is not just an ohm meter but a MEGOHMMETER!!!!! Great googlie mooglie!! I’ve been honing my DIY skills repairing old test equipment. We have been through a stack of Sound Technology test gear. Next on the list may be a few old scopes. Not sure when we will get to this one but it sure is cool.
 

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