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The Boulder 508 Phono Stage – Like a Rolling Stone-Dig It

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Boulder electronics, out of Boulder, Colorado, has been diligently creating some of the finest audio components in the world since 1983. Founded by Jeff Nelson, Boulder’s vision has largely been aimed at the state of the art, and those with deep pockets. For instance, the 3050 monoblock amplifiers will rip $190,000 from your accountants bare white-knuckled fist. The new reference phono stage, the 2008, will snatch $50K off the top of your mountain of cash.

In recent years Boulder has allowed some of their vast know-how to trickle down, resulting in the their most accessible line, the 800 series.… Read the full article

Rega Rebounds in Musical Surroundings: The Nova III Phono Stage

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

Hey Positive People!

The last time we spoke, I was in the midst of bouncing between two rigs set up in my basement—one using several on-loan items:  the Modwright PH150 with the surrounding components that completed it (PS150 power supply; VPI Prime Scout; LTA Ultralinear amplifier and Microzotl amp; Daedalus Audio Athena v.2 loudspeakers; and a complete set of WyWires cables/interconnects), and the other stereo setup was my own personal Rega rig, which includes the Planar 6 turntable with Neo Power Supply Unit; Rega Exacta 2 MM cartridge; Rega Brio integrated amplifier, Rega Apollo CD player; and Spendor D4 speakers (you can read all about it in the earlier January article HERE).… Read the full article

DIY All-Tube Phono Project Wrapup: Feedback from our patron Adrian

By | January 19th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , |

By Steve Graham

The Tubecad Tetra DIY phono stage finds a home.

Steve,

Just a quick update.  I’m really pleased with the phono stage!  It has exceeded my expectations.  I have had the chance to listen to it for a few days.  Tonality and dynamics are excellent with the detail I like. Soundstage is wide and deep. In a word, the sound is ‘big’.  It certainly has the tube ‘naturalness’ I love. It is the best phono stage I have had the pleasure of hearing in any of my systems.  Read the full article

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Cambridge Audio DUO MC/MM Phono Headphone Preamplifier Review

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Cambridge Audio DUO Phono/Headphone Preamplifier Review

Space. The Final Frontier.

Gene Roddenberry had William Shatner (as Capt. James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise) narrate the opening to the sci-fi episodic Star Trek and anybody who watched the original series from 1966 to ’69 growing up or in syndication – as I did in the mid-‘70s – can probably never forget Shatner’s voice, timbre or cadence as he proffered forth that line.

Much like Star Trek, space, for audiophiles or headphone enthusiasts alike, has become the final frontier as urban homes and condos continue to shrink in size and those of us with music and gear fetishes deal with the continued drop in square footage.… Read the full article

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The New Apartment Lounge: It's an Analogue World Part 2 – JE Audio's Delightful HP20 Phono Amplifier

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Inauspicious Beginnings

This review has seen all manner of fits and starts.

It began, as do most such endeavors, nobly intended. There was, first and foremost, my heartfelt desire to learn more about a product line (JE Audio’s) that I had only recently discovered, but about which others here at Positive Feedback had written extensively. Second, I fully expected to complete this review in the standard four to five-month time frame, meaning from the day I received the product until the day my product assessment posted online.… Read the full article

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Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage and PSU-10 External Power Supply

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage

If you’re an avid reader of Positive Feedback, you may be thinking—Déjà vu? Yes, this phono stage has been reviewed not once, but twice by different staff of the magazine (HERE and HERE). Timing wasn’t right for me to be the third (of the original reviews), but I had to see what this thing was all about. A few things intrigued me off the bat… the LCD display allowing one to configure all settings (loading, EQ curve, gain), and most important, the ability to have two inputs.… Read the full article

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DS Audio DS-E1 Optical Phono System

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Japanese optical phono cartridge manufacturer DS Audio has released an entry-level optical phono cartridge, the DS-E1. Its retail price of $3,995 includes the all-important equaliser.

Despite its low price, the new DS-E1 cartridge uses exactly the same wire suspension mechanism as the flagship DS Master 1 model,’ said Boris Granovsky, of Absolute Hi End, which distributes DS Audio in Australia. ‘This means the signal generated by the optical system is very close to the stylus, so information retrieved is more accurate than when using any type of magnetic cartridge, either moving-coil or moving-magnet, where the information is always retrieved at the opposite end of the cantilever from the stylus.’

Much of the cost-saving has been realised in the equaliser that provides power to the optical cartridge, and then correctly equalises and amplifies the signal from it so it can be routed directly to the line-level input of any amplifier.… Read the full article

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Cambridge Audio’s “Duo” Phono Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Outperforms Its Low Price

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Cambridge Audio’s Duo is a compact, attractive, lightweight (2.1 Lbs) low priced phono preamplifier that will surprise you with its solid sonic performance as well as its low price. It certainly surprised me! It also features a headphone amplifier so it makes for a great desktop or dorm room accessory.

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CES 2019: New VTL Phonostage sings with Lyra

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Luke Manley and Bea Lam are two of the hardest working folks in the business.  At every show, you can feel confident that VTL will have a room and its going to sounds fabulous. So it’s no surprise even at CES 2019, when the exhibitor list was short and the halls were light, Luke and Bea brought their usual A-game and provided one of my two favorite rooms at CES 2019.

Earlier in September 2019, I had an opportunity to spend some time with Luke Manley at Audio Element while auditioning the Wilson Audio Sasha DAW driven by VTL Electronics. … Read the full article

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Argento Flow Master Reference Phono Cable Plus a Discovery About Ground Wires

By | January 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Argento Flow Master Reference Phono Cable

Rounding third and heading for home, the fourth (and I hope final) contender in my phono cable shootout has arrived. By no means exhaustive, this mini survey involves only those on my short list, with the added qualification that the winner had to be worthy of “the bomb,” as Bill Parish of GTT Audio refers to my Kronos Sparta turntable/Air Tight Opus cartridge front-end.

Argento Flow Master Reference Phono Cable

The Stage III Analord Master Phono Cable

It was a sad day for me when Aaudio Imports’ generous long-term loan of the Stage III Analord Master Phono Cable ended.… Read the full article

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