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Meze Empyrean Headphones

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Meze Audio first received its true breakthrough in 2015 with the release of the well-received 99 Classics, which had earned the company many awards and recognition. Part of their appeal stemmed from budget-friendly creations that married comfort, aesthetics, and sound—something which helped to propel HiFiMAN during their early years. However, unlike the latter company, Meze Audio dove straight into the deep-end of high-fidelity territory, following entry level propositions. The latest headphones touted, the Meze Empyrean Headphones, retail for a hefty $2999, and are said to be a “game-changer” after years of passion, curiosity, and innovation.… Read the full article

Audioengine 512 Portable Wireless Speaker

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

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

Main System

LOUDSPEAKERS

Von Schweikert Audio VR-35 Export Deluxe,  REL Strata III Subwoofer       

ELECTRONICS

Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Stereo Amplifier, “Fugly F4” DIY First Watt F4 Impedance Converting Amplifier (Thanks DIY Audio!), Homebrew Basic  David Slagle AVC Autoformer passive volume control, First Watt F7 Power Amplifier, Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier

SOURCES

Analog: Music Hall MMF-9 Turntable with Project Carbon 9c Arm modified with with Cardas Litz phono wire and Expressimo Audio’s Half Moon Heavyweight Counterweight, Lyra Delos MC Cartridge,  Goldring Maestro MC Cartridge, George Wright WPP100C phono-stage and WP100 Sowter Step-up Transformer, Pass Labs XP-17 phono stage, Pass Labs XP-15 phono stage

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream Junior, Sony DVP-S7700ES DVD player.… Read the full article

T.H.E. Show Long Beach, Photo Essay Part 4

By | June 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

T.H.E. Show Long Beach, Photo Essay Part 3

By | June 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

T.H.E. Show Long Beach, Photo Essay Part 2

By | June 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

T.H.E. Show Long Beach, Photo Essay Part 1

By | June 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

Qobuz Named Official Streaming Platform of CanJam SoCal: June 22-23 in LA

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

Qobuz, the certified Hi-Res streaming and download service, has been named the official streaming platform of CanJam SoCal 2019. Taking place on June 22-23 at the Orange County Irvine Marriott, CanJam is the world’s premier headphone audio show, featuring a wide array of the world’s most innovative headphone and personal/portable audio brands.

Qobuz, which launched in the US in February after a decade of success in Europe, is now playing an integral role in the expanding higher-quality music ecosystem. Designed with audiophiles in mind, it serves the substantial audience for enhanced listening (estimated by MusicWatch as 32M) by bringing Hi-Res music (1,000 albums/month are now released in Hi-Res according to the RIAA) to a hybrid streaming and download platform.… Read the full article

Studio Electric Loudspeakers announces the release of their new F2 floor standing speaker.

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

Studio Electric Loudspeakers announces the release of their new F2 floor standing speaker. Building on the success of their well-regarded M4 monitor and larger FS1, the F2 is the company’s attempt to redefine what can be achieved in an under $10K floor standing speaker. According to veteran designer David MacPherson, “Our monitors have been praised as a “new reference” by reviewers and by owners. Now we want to offer a larger speaker that retains the same great sonic characteristics as the M4.”

studio electric f2

The F2 is a 2½ way speaker using (2) of Studio Electric’s proprietary HighX™ woofers and a recently developed 1” soft dome tweeter.… Read the full article

Campfire Audio Solaris IEMs

By | June 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Born out of curiosity and experimentation, the Campfire Audio brand have come a long way since the initial release of the well-received Jupiter, Orion, and Lyra earphones. With a keen passion for all things audio, Ken Ball has spent hours of time perfecting releases from rigorous performance testing to tuning iterations. It is thus not surprising that the boutique brand rests on a proud, yet humble collection of accolades and acclaim amongst the audiophile community.

The Solaris, their latest release, represents a culmination of Campfire’s experience in the world of portable audio and hi-fidelity sound.… Read the full article

Yuko Mabuchi Trio (Live) Vol. 1 and 2 – Instant Classics!

By | June 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Every once in while an artist comes along who rocks my musical apple cart, challenges my perceptions, and reignites my excitement about a given genre. Listening to the Yuko Mabuchi Trio (Live) Vol. 1 and 2 release had this effect on me. I love it when this happens, and I love sharing these newfound gems with my fellow music lovers. In this reviewer’s humble opinion, our combined love of music is as much a journey of embracing old favorites as it is one of new discovery.… Read the full article