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A New Reference in Electrical Power Conditioning: the ADD-Powr Sorcer X2

By | July 4th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I’ve been detailing my experiences with my new home and new listening room over the last couple of years here at PF; a recent article in the last issue (HERE) chronicled my ongoing battles with a seemingly never-ending variety of sources of noise in the listening room. A room that, from the beginning, was designed to be essentially noise-free. The battle continues, but I’m at least making progress, having finally resolved the nagging upstairs-refrigerator noise problem. … Read the full article

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DS Audio ST-50 Stylus Cleaner; Keeping Your Stylus – and the Message – Crystal Clear

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

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Primary System: Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Edition (stereo pair), Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Bookshelf (single speaker for center channel and mono playback), REL T1 powered subwoofer, Definitive Technologies Powerfield 1500 subwoofer.

Secondary System: Magneplanar MMGs modded with custom-built stands and Peter Gunn’s (of Audio Asylum notoriety) custom outboard crossover mods (the crossovers cost more to build than the speakers cost second hand!), Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine A5+ Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker.… Read the full article

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Audioengine A2+ Wireless Powered Speakers

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Audioengine A2+ Wireless Powered Speakers

When I reviewed Audioengine’s flagship HD6 speakers a few years back, I was absolutely smitten with their build quality and magnificent sound—especially with a hardwired connection to a good source. I so went on about the sound quality—finding it not at all unlike that of a good British mini-monitor—that, after the review, Brady Bargenquast of Audioengine told me he felt that I was somewhat missing the point. His point being, how great the HD6 sounded wirelessly. Which was one of their most important selling points.… Read the full article

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In Audio – as in Life – the More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same . . . or Do They?

By | May 20th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Primary System: Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Edition (stereo pair), Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Bookshelf (single speaker for center channel and mono playback), REL T1 powered subwoofer, Definitive Technologies Powerfield 1500 subwoofer.

Secondary System: Magneplanar MMGs modded with custom-built stands and Peter Gunn’s (of Audio Asylum notoriety) custom outboard crossover mods (the crossovers cost more to build than the speakers cost second hand!), Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine A5+ Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker.… Read the full article

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iFi AC iPurifier – Helping Improve Your Playback Experience by Reducing AC Power Noise

By | March 30th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

At my old place, I had a plethora of audio-related problems, not the least of which was with AC power. An early 80s house, it was reasonably well built, but almost everything in the home was contractor grade, and not everything employed the best construction practices. I first noticed I had an issue when my subwoofers would randomly start humming, often very loudly. It took a while to diagnose that I had a DC leakage problem (of undetermined origin), and the affordable solution was an Emotiva CMX-2 common mode filter.… Read the full article

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Hana SL Moving Coil Cartridge with the Musical Surroundings Phonomena II+ Phono Preamp with Linear Power Supply

By | March 5th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

I love the new world of digital file streaming; I love the convenience of accessing your entire music library at the touch of a few tablet buttons, and I love the fact that digital-to-analog conversion has reached a state of near perfection that early digital only hinted at. And with so many outstanding tools at our disposal, such as Roon, with its remarkable distillation of music player/file organizer and an unbelievable suite of bit-perfect digital signal processing at your disposal—what’s not to love?Read the full article

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Fiio Redefines Performance-to-Price With Three New Digital Audio Players

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m rapidly developing a reputation as a Fiio fanboy. The thing is, I put a fair amount of effort into cultivating a relationship with them at a point when they were just really cracking into the North American market. And now, suddenly, they’re responsible for a rapid-fire release of multiple product offerings that are not only functionally beautiful, but loaded with audiophile features, and priced very attractively: what’s not to love? I’m a fanboy of any manufacturer who offers great products with cutting-edge technology, especially when they’re presented at prices I (or just about anybody else) can easily embrace!Read the full article

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The Fiio FH-5 In-Ear Monitors, with the LC-4.4C Balanced Cable

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Primary System: Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Edition (stereo pair), Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Bookshelf (single speaker for center channel and mono playback), REL T1 powered subwoofer, Definitive Technologies Powerfield 1500 subwoofer.

Secondary System: Magneplanar MMGs modded with custom-built stands and Peter Gunn’s (of Audio Asylum notoriety) custom outboard crossover mods (the crossovers cost more to build than the speakers cost second hand!), Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine A5+ Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker.… Read the full article

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JPLAY Femto for Windows, and UPnP vs. DLNA in a Computer-based Music Server Setup

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

JPLAY Femto

Marcin Ostapowicz of JPLAY contacted me a couple of months ago; JPLAY had just released the latest iteration of their superb computer-based music playing system, now billed as JPLAY Femto. Would I be interested in taking a listen? Of course, was the answer—JPLAY has definitely been my go-to software choice for making baseline comparisons between DACs, servers and other music playing software—its ease of use, superb musicality and rock-solid performance makes it a no-brainer for me. While my currently-in-use digital setup still is governed by the Sonore UltraRendu streamer/renderer, it’s always been instructive and informative to make sound comparisons between sources, etc., with JPLAY—it’s that good, and darn close in sound to the very best I’ve heard.Read the full article

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Zu Omen Tweeter and Capacitor Upgrade – A Stunning Improvement in Clarity

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I’ve had the “Dirty Weekend” version of the Zu Audio Omens for almost five years now; retailing for right at $1K USD, they’re the least expensive way to taste the Zu experience. Zu has a very liberal upgrade and trade-in policy; they’re constantly improving the technology of the drivers and cabinets they employ. The “Dirty Weekend” (DW) line takes drivers that have been traded in and re-purposes them by placing them in standard Zu Omen cabinets, at a price that is significantly lower than the built-to-order Omens ($1500-$2K, depending on finish).Read the full article

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