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Manley Labs Factory Tour and Interview with President EveAnna Manley

By | March 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

The president of Manley Labs EveAnna Manley is a sharp individual. Her manufacturing operation is based out of Chino, California and is capable of producing metric tons of both pro-side and audiophile goods – all hand assembled in the US. I briefly ran into EveAnna at the musician’s convention NAMM this year, and she graciously invited me to stop by the offices for a tour. It is an interesting and enlightening experience and one that I had previously seen before, so it was easy to say yes for a more formal, image-intensive go ’round.… Read the full article

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EveAnna Manley of Manley Laboratories

By | March 8th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

EveAnna Manley of Manley Labs. EveAnna gives us a tour of the factory in Chino, deliberates amplifier design and talks the finer points of the walking treadmill desk. Recorded directly at the lab in Southern California.

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VTL/Manley Reference 350 power amplifier

By | August 1st, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Manley is not a new company; it’s the last name of the president and chief designer of VTL, David Manley, whose Model 300 has been my reference standard power amp for the past two years. In fact, Manley is not even a new brand name; it’s the name of VTL’s “deluxe” line of electronics, built (ostensibly) to industrial standards of ruggedness and reliability.

It’s customary to think of “the tube sound” as being warm, rich, weak through the deep bass, fat through the midbass, forward through the midrange, bright through the middle highs, and soft at the extreme top, with superb rendition of depth and spaciousness.… Read the full article

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At C.E.S. 2017 Luke Manley Describes VTL’s New TP 2.5i Phono Preamp

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Analog planet|

VTL’s Luke Manley describes the design of the new TP 2.5i Phono Preamp, which costs $3750 including custom wound MC step-up transformers.

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Manley Neo-Classic 250 Monoblock Amplifiers

By | February 19th, 2016|Categories: Ultra High End Review|Tags: , |

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Rick Jensen has posted a review of the Manley Neo-Classic 250 monoblock amplifiers ($15,000/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions:

“Amid all the subjective observations and objective measurements that one can muster, the ineffable, emotional feel of the music is what many of us are seeking. The Manley 250′s never miss giving the listener something of the music and everything that goes into making it. If there is no passion there (think of typical commercial pop, designed to appeal to a broad audience and sell zillions), well, that’s what you will hear – lots of nice notes with no substance.

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Impressions:  The LAOC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Gala Weekend

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Last weekend I traveled to Buena Park, CA, to attend the 25th Anniversary Gala Weekend for the Los Angeles and Orange County (LAOC) Audio Society. Some background:  The LAOC was founded originally with the help of two of my partners at Positive Feedback, Carol and Dave Clark. They recently told the story of that development earlier this year, right HERE. They themselves are winners of an LAOC Founders Award and a President’s Award, and were named Lifetime Members of the Society very early on.… Read the full article

AnalogPlanet Editor Receives Prestigious LA&OCAS Founder’s Award

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

At the L.A. and Orange County Audiophile Society’s annual GALA last Sunday, AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer was given the society’s prestigious Founder’s Award. It was also the Society’s 25th anniversary so many of the past Founders award winners were on hand including Tim DeParavicini, EveAnna Manley and Richard Vandersteen, among others along with more than 200 of the society’s 2600 members.

Wilson Audio Sasha DAW with dCS Bartók DAC | First Listen

By | November 11th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Brian Berdan, owner of Audio Element in Pasadena California grew up in a household filled with music, his late father was a well known hi-fi  dealer, so I can suspect that he had some killer vintage gear to play around with.  Brian’s first pair of Wilson Audio Speakers were a pair of Wilson Watt 2/Puppy 1 loudspeakers that began his Wilson journey and which he still owns today.  As Brian and his wife Jennifer geared up to celebrate Audio Element’s 5th anniversary this month, it couldn’t have been better timing with a debut of the Wilson Audio Sasha DAW speakers.… Read the full article

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Toronto Audio Fest 2018 Show Report

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

The people behind Toronto Audio Fest (TAF) are Sarah Tremblay, Michel Plante and Ben Scarcelli. Sarah and Michel are the ones that organizes the Montreal Audio Fest and Ben partnered with them for TAF bringing his valuable knowledge of the Ontario Market. The TAF venue was The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel, which is conveniently located right by the Toronto Pearson Airport. The great sound insulation of this Hotel ensured that the sounds of aircraft taking off and landing did not impact the interior of the hotel, allowing the exhibitors to demonstrate their gear with a relatively low ambient noise factor that is so crucial to revealing the sound quality of their audio systems.… Read the full article

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More to See on RMAF Day 3

By | October 11th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Here’s a switch: Instead of a million-dollar system, we begin with a bargain-priced powered-speaker system, the Vanatoo Transparent One Encore ($599/pair). Designed near me, in Seattle, and manufactured in China, this successor to Vanatoo’s original model, which was released six years ago, has a new 1″ aluminum dome tweeter, more powerful 100W, four-channel amplifier with “much better” DSP-based L/R crossover, remote control, Bluetooth with aptX, and four more “automatically sensed” inputs for analog, USB, Toslink optical, and coaxial digital, the last three accepting up to 24/96 but downsampling to 24/48.… Read the full article

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