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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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Spatial Audio Hologram M4 Triode Master Loudspeakers: Small Space, Big Sound!

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

Spatial Audio Hologram M4 Triode Master Loudspeakers

I don’t trust loudspeaker reviews.

OK, you do realize you can’t trust what you read in the paper, see in an advertisement, watch on cable news, hear on talk radio, or click on Facebook? Or anything on the Internet at all? Unless, a priori, you agree with the content, the trolls, or the known bias?

Even so, loudspeakers are a special case: one can’t evaluate a loudspeaker without also hearing the contribution of the electronics, cabling, and a recording. Yet even more important is the “sound” of the room the speaker is in.… Read the full article

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A Few Afterthoughts on the 2017 Capital Audiofest

By | December 15th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

2017 Capital Audiofest

When it became apparent I would have to miss RMAF 2017 because of a schedule conflict involving a moving van, a ferry, and some fifty boxes of records (among other things), I took heart in knowing at least I had a fall-back. I cancelled my flights on Southwest and booked the American shuttle to D.C. I would go to the Capital Audiofest instead.

Not a one-for-one swap of course. I have enjoyed RMAF since well before CAF was started up by Gary Gill some seven years ago, and the Denver ‘fest has more than twice the number of exhibitors of the Eastern upstart’s 60 or so.… Read the full article

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The Revenge of Analog

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Analog

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, by David Sax

The morning of Black Friday, just two weeks and counting past a very bleak Wednesday, and still a bit drowsy from the previous day’s over-indulgence, I opened the front door and stooped to pick up our copy of the NY Times. Instead of the Gray Lady’s latest details on the Trumpocalypse, what greeted me was a four-page, full-sheet, wraparound pictorial segment advertising…a new turntable.

Runwell Turntable

The timing was perfect.… Read the full article

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Audio Sensibility Cables: Musings on Price and Prejudice

By | May 24th, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

ASlead

“I can cable an entire audiophile system for $1000”

This was back in May of last year, and I was on the phone with Steven Huang of Audio Sensibility Cables, based in Toronto, Canada. I’m an old-school audio cheapskate, and had just remarked on how well one of Steve’s very affordable phono cables had performed in my system, especially given the current audiophile market where $1000/meter is apparently the default entry level for any “decent” cable in high end audio. But wire up an entire system for $1000?… Read the full article

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