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Aretha Franklin – Some Vibrations Linger Longer

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Radio Free Chip

The French have a phrase for it.

The bastards have a phrase for everything and they are always right.

To say goodbye is to die a little.

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Aretha Franklin

It’s always too damn soon to say goodbye. 

I have always believed…well, postulated in any event, the notion that when we pass on, shapeshifters that we are (matter and energy being interchangeable, in that it can neither be created nor destroyed), that our souls, for want of a better term, reflect all of our corporeal and spiritual aspects, simultaneously, and that in throwing off this decrepit mortal coil, we are at one with all of those aspects. … Read the full article

Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks, Cruisin' for Surf Bunnies

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks Cruisin' for Surf Bunnies

Light in the Attic Records LITA169, colored LP $22, LP $20, CD $12, available at

“Lee Hazlewood wasn’t a cowboy, but he sure played the part. He never took LSD but made some far-out, psychedelic records, and he sure as shit didn’t surf…but he had a brief yet prolific output of surf music. The man pretty much tried a hand at nearly every genre incarnation of rock and roll from the 1950s until the end of the 1970s.”

So begins the extensive liner notes of yet another fabulous discovery from Seattle-based Light in the Attic Records.… Read the full article

Peter Ledermann is the Artisan Smithy of Sound, Part 2: The New Soundsmith Zephyr Mk III Phonograph Cartridge!

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

If you read Part 1 of this Soundsmith review series in Positive Feedback Issue 98 (HERE), where I wrote about the new Carmen Mk II phonograph cartridge, you know that I found the Carmen Mk II to be one of the most musically enjoyable phonograph cartridges I have ever written about.

The Carmen Mk II demonstrated desirable qualities in abundance by being relatively affordable ($1000 USD), having a naturally warm, dimensional, and musical balance, with the added bonus of having a relatively high output so you don’t have to use an expensive step-up transformer with it to play music.… Read the full article

Impressions:  The Playback Designs MPS-8 Reference SACD/CD Player with Quad DSD DAC and StreamX Streamer Module, Part 1

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

Ye Olde Editor, Happy Valley, Oregon, 2018. Portrait by John Robinson.

Playback Designs has returned again…with a vengeance! Their Dream Series of digital audio designs debut here at PF River City with their MPS-8. Part one of my impressions is here…read on for my take on what Andreas Koch and company have achieved.

Playback Designs MPS-8 Reference SACD/CD Player

The powerful and seductive Playback Designs MPS-8. (Image courtesy of Playback Designs)

It’s true:  Andreas Koch of Playback Designs shipped me a sample of their Dream System MPS-8.… Read the full article

A Day with Louis Desjardins of Kronos Audio

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

Ah, Montreal

We finally made it! An excursion to Kronos Audio in Montreal had been planned last year, but, due to one thing or another, it never happened. Lynn and I were again vacationing nearby, attending the Ottawa Chamberfest (13 years and counting!). One full day is always given to “New Music Now” programming. This is something you need only attend once. We needed to skip town, and so I proposed another attempt at the outing.

As the date approached, however, events began to conspire against us a second time: loose, unconfirmed travel plans; a very inconvenient “no service” message on my cellphone; and the third attendee having to cancel the day before due to an unexpected business commitment.… Read the full article

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

Who: Women in Jazz – Deborah Winters and Daria in Concert

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

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Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amplifier – “It's Good To Be The King”!

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

Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amplifier

“It’s good to be the King!” While sitting back and listening to the Pass Labs INT-250 integrated amplifier, I couldn’t help but giggle and think about this infamous line from Mel Brook’s underground 1981 classic film, History of the World, Part I. What I was hearing had me glued to my seat and skimming through my little black book of notes from past reviews. I rarely look back, but I wanted to verify my thoughts. Do we now have a new “King of the Hill” or is my head spinning for some other reason?… Read the full article

Ultimate Ears Pro 18+ Custom IEMs – 3rd Edition

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

With their headquarters based in sunny-side California, Ultimate Ears was initially founded in 1995 by Jerry and Mindy Harvey. The former of which has played such an influential role in the design of headphones that within just a few years of UE’s induction, The Rolling Stones, Enrique Iglesias, and Faith Hill were loyal customers. A decade later, the company was acquired by Swiss electronic giant Logitech. Though an initially controversial move, the vice president of headphones, Phillipe Depallens, claimed that even with Jerry Harvey’s departure they have still managed to produce some of the best in-ear monitors the market has ever seen.… Read the full article

California Audio Show 2018

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

California Audio Show 2018

Come a little closer. I want to tell you a secret. Are you ready?

I don’t go to stereo shows to listen to stereos.

It’s true! Maybe once, in the dim mists of my retreating youth, I went to these things hoping to listen to stereos. Now, though? I don’t want to listen to stereos. “Listening to stereos” is down near the bottom of my list of priorities. If I’m shambling from room to room just to listen to stereos, something has gone horribly, horribly wrong with my day.… Read the full article