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The Year 2017 – What the Heck Happened?

By | December 9th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Enigma Acoustics Tweeters. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Clayton Audio M200 monoblock amplifiers (with Hi-Fi Tuning and Furutech fuses), Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.… Read the full article

Audio Ramblings – The SOtM SMS-200ultra, tx-USBultra, and sPS-500… a Magical Trio.

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Enigma Acoustics Tweeters. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Clayton Audio M200 monoblock amplifiers (with Hi-Fi Tuning and Furutech fuses), Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.… Read the full article

The Time Reference Arrives: CH Precision T1 Time Reference Digital Clock

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

CH Precision T1 Time Reference Digital Clock

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Andy Warhol didn’t foresee the internet, but he sure nailed a defining characteristic of how we live today.

You could make a case that master clocks for digital audio had their 15 minutes when they were featured on audio magazine covers—sort of like MQA digital is today. Then they dropped off the cliff. Occasionally you find articles inside, but they are no longer cover worthy.

I confess I was never a fan.… Read the full article

Top 500 SuperSonic List – Part 5

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations.

41. Frank Sinatra, Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! Capitol Records – SW 1491 (1961), MoFi ‎– MFSL 1-407 (2012), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: big band swing, vocal jazz, traditional pop standards.

As previously mentioned in the very first installment of this series, Frank Sinatra along with Nat King Cole remain unchallenged in my book in their vocal stylistic spheres, with Bing Crosby, and Tony Bennett–both distinctively different—coming close behind. Now then, if I had to choose my favorite Franky LP—admittedly a near-impossible task–Come Dance with Me!Read the full article

Dave Stryker's Strykin' Ahead

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Opera Loudspeakers Grand Callas, Trenner and Friedl ART Monitors.

ELECTRONICS

Unison Research Sinfonia integrated amplifier, Rega Brio3 integrated amplifier, Unison Research Simply Phono phono preamplifier, Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE phono preamplifier.

SOURCES

Digital: Unison Research CDE CD player.

Analog: Unison Research Giro turntable with Unison Research UN1 cartridge, Rega P3-24 turntable with Zu Audio DL-103 cartridge, TT-PSE power supply, GrooveTracer Reference subplatter, Funk Firm Achroplat II platter and Acromat 2 mat.… Read the full article

The New Apartment Lounge: Sutherland Engineering's Knock-out KC VIBE Phono Preamp

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Apartment Life

For those curious about the name I’ve chosen for my new Positive Feedback column, the New Apartment Lounge, here’s the story.

Last spring, I moved into a new apartment, a bigger space than my former digs, but still on the small side. Shortly thereafter, I found a CD I had not listened to in over a decade, Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Von Freeman’s highly-regarded 2004 release The Great Divide (Premonition). Listening to Freeman for the first time in years, two qualities of his playing stood out.… Read the full article

A Conversation with Sutherland Engineering, Inc.'s Ron Sutherland

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Ron Sutherland

How did you come up with the name “KC VIBE”?

To really know the authenticity and integrity of something, you must know its place of origin. We all know the role provenance plays in art and collectables. There is a midwestern value of doing something well. With a straightforward, unassuming manner.  

What design goals did you set out to achieve with the VIBE?

The goal was to make a phono preamp I would be proud to build, and the user would be proud to own.… Read the full article

SVS Shakes Audio World’s Foundation with New 4000 Series Subwoofers  

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Youngstown, OH – November 29, 2017 – SVS, manufacturer of high performance speakers, subwoofers and audio accessories, proudly announces the 4000 Series subwoofers, three new models loaded with advanced features and technology only available from SVS, at a price that redefines the cost of entry into reference quality bass for music and home theater fans. SVS 4000 Series subwoofers borrow heavily from the flagship SVS 16-Ultra Series, recipients of nearly every industry award in 2017, including the CES Innovations Best of Innovation for High Performance Audio and the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) “2017 Best Subwoofer.”

Reference quality bass at an all-time value from three unique subwoofer designs.… Read the full article

Emotiva Introduces Airmotiv E2 Wall-Mount Surround Speaker

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

FRANKLIN, TN, November 30, 2017Emotiva Audio Corporation, the company that continually proves high-end audio doesn’t have be high-priced, announced today the latest addition to its Airmotiv speaker series, the E2 wall mount surround loudspeaker.

Two-way Model Can Be Configured as Direct Radiating Dipole or Forward/Rear Dipole, For Maximum Flexibility in Any Theater Installation

The Airmotiv E2 ($459/pair) represents Emotiva’s commitment to blend performance, flexibility, and price in every product it offers. The two-way wall mounted surround speaker, which features a 5-1/4” woven fiber woofer and a pair of 32 mm Airmotiv folded ribbon tweeters, can be configured as a direct radiating bipole speaker, or as a forward- or rear-oriented dipole speaker, in order to optimize its performance in a wide variety of surround sound installations.… Read the full article

The Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage and Mediterraneo Turntable

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , |

The man knows his business. Truly, the Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage is a stunning bargain, and the partnering Gold Note Mediterraneo turntable is an absolute delight. Positive Feedback Editor Dave Clark’s laudatory review of the Gold Note PH-10 (HERE) and equally favorable column on the Gold Note Mediterraneo turntable (HERE) could have made life awfully difficult for me. Dave summed up his and Carol’s time with the PH-10, “The PH-10 made me want to turn up the volume to hear more and more of whatever we had on the turntable.” I sure hoped I wasn’t the guy who had to write, “Nope, both products suck!”

Uh, yeah, that wasn’t going to happen, anyway.… Read the full article