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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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Wolfsong Audio to the Rescue!

By | September 25th, 2018|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) with custom-built (by me!) outboard Tianle Heil AMT Supertweeters, 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, Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine A5+ Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker.… Read the full article

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AV RoomService EVPs (Equipment Vibration Protectors): Outstanding Equipment Isolation for Systems at Any Price Point

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

AV RoomService EVPs

When this review offer came from Norman Varney’s company, AV RoomService, Ltd., I knew Norman from the Facebook experience, and I knew that he worked with custom audio installations that appeared to me to be fairly high-end. He seemed to me to be a really nice, knowledgeable guy, and I enjoyed seeing photos of some of the custom installations he was involved in. But the fact that his company designed and sold products aimed at improving the audiophile experience was completely off my radar.Read the full article

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The Fiio Q5 Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC – Now With the New AM3B Amplifier Module

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Fiio Q5

As Fiio continues their push into higher-performance personal portables (and into the US market!), they’re releasing some technologically remarkable products that perform at a shockingly high level. And at price points that tend to be well below the cost of completing brands like AK, HiFiMan, and Sony. I’m continually impressed by the performance of the Fiio products I’ve had the pleasure to review over the last couple of years; they truly push the envelope for exceptional sound quality with cutting-edge features and at a price point that anyone can afford.… Read the full article

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Audioengine A5+ Wireless Powered Loudspeakers

By | July 11th, 2018|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) with custom outboard Tianle Heil AMT Supertweeters, 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, Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine HD6 Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker (for music out by the pool!).… Read the full article

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The Hana EL Moving Coil Cartridge: Exceptional Performance at an Agreeable Price Point

By | June 11th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Hana EL Moving Coil Cartridge

Late last year, I had a tremendous review opportunity that focused on ProJect’s The Classic turntable; unbeknownst to me, the review unit arrived as the heavily upgraded Superpack SB edition. Which, along with electronic speed control and other really nice goodies thrown in, also came with a Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 cartridge attached to the table’s carbon fibre/aluminum composite arm. This came as quite a surprise to me; I was only expecting the baseline model, which is still a great table with really good bones.Read the full article

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