So where to begin? I dunno… how about at the beginning? Okay so my first turntable was an AR-XA with the Shure VR-15 cartridge. This combo spun vinyl as I had never heard before and served me well for a good number of years. But then for whatever reason I went with a Sony PS X600 turntable with their bio-tracer arm. Same cartridge, but way different. Really tracked the LPs, but never felt we were getting it all. Was good and served us well enough.… Read the full article
Naim Audio, the British hi-fi specialist with 45 years of audio expertise, has launched the 2nd Generation of its multi award-winning Mu-so wireless music system.
Mu-so 2nd Generation evolves the iconic styling of its predecessor, but under its luxury aluminium casing are game-changing performance, feature and functionality upgrades. From high-resolution streaming to multiroom music to TV sound; you’ve never heard it so good from an all-in-one wireless system.
At the heart of Mu-so 2nd Generation is Naim’s music-streaming platform, developed by 25 engineers over 3 years to offer the very best performance whether playing your own digital music collection, a world of Internet radio, or music streaming services such as TIDAL and Spotify.… Read the full article
High-End Munich – May 9, 2019 – Focal, the French expert in High-Fidelity manufacturing, is introducing new wooden finishes to the Sopra N°2, Sopra N°3, Scala Utopia Evo and Maestro Utopia Evo loudspeakers, at High-End Munich. The selection of sophisticated finishes complements the sound performance of these Made-in-France, high-end solutions. Focal’s audio innovation goes beyond technology and sound to influence product design and aesthetics.
THE POWER OF STYLE
Focal’s teams of engineers, designers and cabinet-makers work side-by-side to create the very best acoustic loudspeakers, both in terms of sound reproduction as well as style.… Read the full article
Stein Music of Germany has been known in these pages as the source for unique and exciting accessories that advance room treatment, amplifier performance, power supply distribution, power cords, turntable performance and more. We knew they were big into loudspeakers and electronics, though few made it to these shores. Time all that changed! Now available is their sleek solid-state phono stage that contains the genius and design work of their namesake, Holger Stein, and his engineers. With a tube-like sonic smoothness and elegance, giant soundstage, and blackest of backgrounds, the Stein Music Stateline Phono 2 Signature is the best edition of just their least expensive lineup of electronics.… Read the full article
Munich—May 9, 2019—Wireworld Cable Technology, one of the world’s most respected brands of high performance audio and video cables, announces the release of their second generation Ethernet patch cables. Their patented flat design was developed through listening tests that compared network cables to a local USB stick. These new “Series 8” cables utilize higher density triple-layer shields and quieter Composilex® 3 insulation to maximize audible and visible performance.
“People don’t realize how much musical detail is being lost by their Ethernet connections until they compare their network sound to an internal drive or USB stick,” states Wireworld designer David Salz.… Read the full article
Munich May 8th, 2019 – Cementing its reputation for developing high-performance digital sources, AURALiC will unveil a new addition to the award-winning G2 Series of products at the Munich High-End Audio show this year. Three years in the making, the SIRIUS G2 Upsampling Processor will debut at the MOC venue in Munich from May 9th to May 12th at Atrium 4 2.0G E211.
SIRIUS G2 operates on an open standard, allowing music lovers to upgrade both the processing power and the original performance envelope of their Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), whether they’re using an AURALiC branded DAC, or one developed by another manufacturer.… Read the full article
Munich May 8th, 2019 – Cementing its reputation for developing high-performance digital sources, AURALiC will unveil a new addition to the critically acclaimed G1 Series of products at the Munich High-End Audio show this year. Continuing its tradition as a high-performance wireless streamer, the updated and enhanced ALTAIR G1 will debut at the MOC venue in Munich from May 9th to May 12th at Atrium 4 2.0G E211.
As a premium digital hub for any high-performance system, the ALTAIR G1 software and hardware functions in much the same way as the original ALTAIR, able to act as a preamp, a DAC, a streamer, and an all-in-one digital source, but is also now fitted with the G1 chassis, providing a matching 4-inch color display and Smart IR feature.… Read the full article
AXPONA 2019 was a high-end audio show that had a little more meaning for me than usual, probably since the last show I did as an exhibitor was AXPONA 2016. I remember enjoying the 630 mile drive between Rochester and Chicago three years ago, along lakes Ontario and Erie, through states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. This time was a little tougher than usual since I had just returned from Hawaii the day before, thanks to Hawaiian Airlines’ new eleven-hour non-stop flight from Honolulu to JFK.… Read the full article
Getting closer to the music etched into your LP’s grooves.
With this article, Positive Feedback begins its content-sharing relationship with Enjoy the Music. Tom Lyle, who used to write for PF in former years, shares his thoughts about the Etsuro Urushi cartridge. Read, and learn….
Dr. David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief
It was about a year ago that I reviewed the cartridge that’s one step lower in Etsuro Urushi’s line, their Cobalt Blue. In the review I said that the Cobalt Blue is “a super-transparent window into the recording that was etched into an LP’s surface,” praising this cartridge to the point where one might be led to believe that there is no better cartridge on the market.… Read the full article
Herb Reichert (left) and Lynn Olson at RMAF 2015: a moment (photograph and image processing by David W. Robinson)
Although some of you may know me as the sometime Tech Editor of PF (and that only occasionally, when the mood strikes me), and the designer of the Ariel loudspeaker and Amity and Karna 300B triode amplifiers, I did have a prior life in audio, back in the early 1970s. Those were my days at Audionics (later renamed “Audionics of Oregon” due to a trademark conflict with an obscure company back East).… Read the full article