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Audio Ramblings and the Matrix Cables from Black Cat Cable

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

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.

Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.

Computer Based System

Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019, Photo Essay Part 5

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

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.

Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.

Computer Based System

Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article

Three Simple and Cost Effective Hot-Rod Mods for the Classic Thorens TD-124 Turntable!

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

I’ve always thought of the Thorens TD-124 as one of the most beautiful of the classic turntables, which for whatever reason, reminds me of being the 1955 Ford T-Bird of the turntable world, a classic car which I also happen to greatly admire.

Artisan Fidelity Thorens TD-124 Statement / Classic Long-Base Turntable

I had lusted after a Thorens TD-124 of my own for years, and I finally decided to pull the trigger and ordered one of Christopher Thornton’s Artisan Fidelity Thorens TD-124 Statement turntables with a Cocobolo plinth back in September of 2017 (more HERE), and the completed turntable arrived at my home in November of 2018. … Read the full article

AXPONA 2019, Photo Essay Part 4

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

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.

Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.

Computer Based System

Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019, Photo Essay Part 3

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

Continuing on with our coverage of AXPONA 2019. All images by Dave Clark, along with some added commentary.

axpona 2019

Another engaging room, Bel Canto e1X DAC / Control preamplifier, $6500, and e1X amplifier, $6000. Audiovector SR 3 Avantgarde Arreté, $9999. Audioquest Niagara 1000 power filter. HRS Audio stand.

axpona 2019

High Water Sound. Horning Hybrid Systems Eufrodite Ellipse MK.III loudspeakers, $28,000. New Audio Frontiers Stradivari Evolution, $12,000, Stadivari phono, $12,000, Ultimate 211 SE mono blocks, $34,000. TEO Cables, Furutech cables, Silent Running Audio, Vibex, Shun Mook.… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019, Photo Essay Part 2

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

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.

Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.

Computer Based System

Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article

Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild featuring 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones

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

Photo by Katarina Benzova

A few weeks ago I received an unassuming enough looking email from Cameron Black of the PR firm Noyd Communications, asking me if I would like to experience a unique VIP on-stage experience for the Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild concert at the MGM Park hotel’s Park Theater in Las Vegas. Wait what? Aerosmith? On-stage seats? I fuckin’ love Aerosmith!

In fact my love affair with Aerosmith goes back to my mid teens when I practically wore a hole in Live!Read the full article

My AXPONA Adventures: Music (and Laughter) is the Best Medicine

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Dateline: April, 2019

Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. Schaumburg, Illinois  

Welcome back my Friends, to the show that (hopefully) never ends! (Apologies ELP.)

I arrived at the 10th annual AXPONA on Thursday afternoon. The Renaissance Convention Center was a buzzing audio-hive of controlled chaos. Crates and boxes were everywhere. Audio systems taking shape, tweaking started. It seemed a Herculean effort to me. In 2019, Audio Expo North America is a jewel-bedecked audio showcase; a behemoth show with almost 200 rooms, tons of sonic fun, countless booths, and displays.Read the full article

AXPONA 2019, Photo Essay Part 1

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.

Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.

Computer Based System

Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article

PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube DAC – Premier Review

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube DAC

Digital Audio Converters (DAC), which take the carefully crafted digital signal and convert it to analog, mostly matured between five and ten years ago. Companies like DCS, Playback Designs, Theta, and more, pushed the chip manufacturers to develop extraordinarily complex and powerful designs, and finally have nearly eliminated jitter and other innate problems. Musicality improved with every generation, as did computing power, topping out about a decade ago with chips used quite often today for stereo PCM 24/192 and up to 2X DSD.… Read the full article