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Impressions:  From an Editor’s Notebook – Merrill Audio Element 118, Pneupods, and Focal Sphear Earphones

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

Robinson_on_porch_with_pipe

[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 03/18/2019

The current system (09-2018) with a pair of the beautiful and powerful Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblocks on the top shelf of the Critical Mass Systems QXK rack.

A close-up view of the EAT Massive Record Weight. Nice looking, and really helps to improve the sound of your LPs!

One version of our current stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers.Read the full article

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Impressions:  The HeadAmp Blue Hawaii Electrostatic Special Edition Headphone Amp & MrSpeakers VOCE Electrostatic Headphones

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Yon Olde Editor (portrait by John Robinson)

A prologue:  of memories, music, and dreams…

To start:  An extended and quite famous passage from Proust.

Just read it, it will do you good.

Many years had elapsed during which nothing of Combray, save what was comprised in the theatre and the drama of my going to bed there, had any existence for me, when one day in winter, on my return home, my mother, seeing that I was cold, offered me some tea, a thing I did not ordinarily take.Read the full article

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Brief Impressions, Short and Sweet:  The STAX SRM-T8000, SR-009 (second coming), and SR-009S

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Robinson_on_porch_with_pipe

[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 09/11/2018.

The current system (09-2018) with a pair of the beautiful and powerful Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblocks on the top shelf of the Critical Mass Systems QXK rack.

The return of the Wave Kinetics NVS Direct-Drive Reference Turntable! Now updated with a new Durand tonearm, outfitted with a ZYX UNIverse Optimum reference MC cartridge, and the heavy-duty EAT Massive (2 lb.) LP record weight.Read the full article

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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018: Part the Fifth, and Final

By | January 25th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Ye Olde Editor (photograph by John Robinson)

By way of explanation…

The final batch of my Brutus Award announcements for 2018 was significantly delayed by a major project that had to be attended to by the entire PF Web team:  the transfer of the entire PF site and content to an entirely different Web host, with a major upgrade of its platform hardware package. Anyone who knows Web-based publishing and its IT-related challenges understands that making such a shift is a really serious move.… Read the full article

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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018, Part the Fourth

By | December 28th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

David W. Robinson:  a portrait by John Robinson

Onwards into Part the Fourth of my Brutus Awards.

PASS Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier

Wait! I’m not done yet with reference headphone amps.

Early in the year, the good folks at PASS Labs sent along their HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier for my evaluation. I was pleased to get it, since I’ve been nothing but impressed by my extended experience with the PASS Labs Xs reference line of electronics, and wanted to hear how their initial design for headphone amps would perform.… Read the full article

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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018, Part the Third

By | December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Continuing…

ZYX UNIverse Optimum X MC

What a year for phono cartridges 2018 has been.

I’ve already extolled the seductive charms of the Air Tight PC-1 coda and the return of the van den Hul Colibri Signature Stradivarius in this year’s Brutus Awards. Magnificent achievements, both of these, whose awards were richly deserved.

But there was a third MC that also made its way to PF River-City-and-up-the-hill, from a company that I had not evaluated before. This was ZYX, who sent along a new reference cartridge, their UNIverse Optimum X.… Read the full article

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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018, Part the Second

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

van den Hul Colibri Signature Stradivarius (the second coming!)

Late in 2017, Randy Forman…he of Finest Fidelity distribution fame, and a jolly good gent…got me a van den Hul Colibri Signature Stradivarius (CSS). It got its break-in and fun run-out in the later days of the class vintage professional turntable, the direct-drive EMT 948’s visit here in 2017. Paired with Joel Durand’s exceptional Kairos 10.5″ tonearm, the van den Hul made fantastic music, and did so all the time on all kinds of music.… Read the full article

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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018, Part the First

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Unbelievably enough, it’s the end of the year 2018…already! I know that I say this every year, but every year it’s worse and worse; time whizzes by faster and faster, and the final quarter always arrives long before I’m ready for it. The Earth rotates, and faithfully follows its annual orbit around yon Sun, so no surprise. But experientially, years now are like months used to be when I was younger. Maybe you’ve noticed this too…

Anyway, it’s time for me to announce my Brutus Awards for 2018.… Read the full article

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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

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Impressions:  The Ayon Audio HA-3 SET Headphone Amplifier and the Focal Utopia Headphones

By | November 30th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

High-end headphones and Personal Fi. I’ve evaluated a goodly handful of ‘phones and headphone amps over many years, with some excellent results. Some were large cost-no-object designs, built for home, listening room, or office use only; others were compact and portable, for the music lover on the go. (I do a fair amount of flying, and appreciate good portable gear.) I also have some great headphones and headphone amps for stay-at-home. Either way, I’m well served.

As a result, over the years I’ve built up a collection of reference headphones, of various types.… Read the full article

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