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47 laboratory Flatfish CD player and Progression DAC

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

47 laboratory Flatfish CD player and Progression DAC

This article, as reviewed by Francisco Duran, Dave Clark, Larry Fisher, and Larry Cox, originally ran in Issue 1, June/July 2002 Positive Feedback

To say that the 47 Labs CD combo is unconventional in its design and looks is an understatement. The Model 4713 Flatfish player/transport is a rather small, rectangular, top-loading unit that is precariously perched atop three spikes. All of its controls are on the top front, along with its hard-to-read display (that is, hard to read unless you are looking down on it).… Read the full article

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Furutech NanoFlux and LineFlux Cables and Power Products

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

When I first spoke with Scot Markwell, US Distributor of Furutech products, at Elite Audio Video Distribution in LA, and a longtime colleague of, and setup man for, the late Harry Pearson, about the opportunity to review a full loom of Furutech flagship cables and passive power devices, I admit to being more than a little interested.

I can’t imagine anyone motivated to read this evaluation could be unfamiliar with the name. The widespread acceptance and use of the Furutech brand of terminations by so many of the most recognized cable and speaker manufactures has made the name almost ubiquitous in today’s high-end cable game.… Read the full article

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The Gasparini Album

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Auser Musici/Carlo Ipata. Glossa GCD 922905.  TT: 59.30. Astianatte: Se la Grecia s’armerà. L’oracolo del Fato: Qui ti scrivo o nome amato; Se non canti più per me. Il Ciro: Nell’orror della procella. Bajazette: Par che mi nasca in seno. Sinfonia. Il Tamerlano: Svena uccidi; Cor di padre. Santa Eufrosina: Qui dal porto. Amleto: D’ire armato. Cantata Andate o miei sospiri.Read the full article

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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018, Part the Fourth

By | December 28th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

David W. Robinson:  a portrait by John Robinson

Onwards into Part the Fourth of my Brutus Awards.

PASS Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier

Wait! I’m not done yet with reference headphone amps.

Early in the year, the good folks at PASS Labs sent along their HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier for my evaluation. I was pleased to get it, since I’ve been nothing but impressed by my extended experience with the PASS Labs Xs reference line of electronics, and wanted to hear how their initial design for headphone amps would perform.… Read the full article

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Latest Vinyl Releases – Are These References?

By | December 27th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Here are some LPs that I’ve gotten in recently and I want to bring to your attention.

Espresso, Bob James Trio, EVLP023, from Tappan Zee Records. 2018, Featuring Bob James, Billy Kilson, and Michael Palazzolo. $32.99. Tracks Recorded by Ken Freeman, KFP Studios, Bethlehem, PA. Tracks Recorded at Stagg Studios, Van Nuys, CA.. Assisted by Josh Frank. Mastered by Steve Vavagiaskis for Bang Zoom Mastering, Rockland, NY. Mastered to Vinyl by Kevin Gray on 180 gram black vinyl.

Legendary pianist Bob James is joined by bassist Michael Palazzolo and drummer Billy Kilson playing nine original jazz selections with that energy and style you would expect from seasoned artists.… Read the full article

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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018, Part the Third

By | December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Continuing…

ZYX UNIverse Optimum X MC

What a year for phono cartridges 2018 has been.

I’ve already extolled the seductive charms of the Air Tight PC-1 coda and the return of the van den Hul Colibri Signature Stradivarius in this year’s Brutus Awards. Magnificent achievements, both of these, whose awards were richly deserved.

But there was a third MC that also made its way to PF River-City-and-up-the-hill, from a company that I had not evaluated before. This was ZYX, who sent along a new reference cartridge, their UNIverse Optimum X.… Read the full article

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World Premiere Review of Grado Statement GS 3000e Headphones

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Marten Bird Loudspeakers, Marten Duke 2 Loudspeakers, and REL Stadium III subwoofer.

ELECTRONICS

E.A.R. 324 phono preamplifier, two E.A.R. 890 amplifiers (ran as monos), E.A.R. 534 stereo amplifier, E.A.R. 912 Professional preamplifier, E.A.R. 834L tube line stage, E.A.R. HP4 headphone amplifier, Grado Battery headphone amplifier, and KingRex headphone amplifier.

SOURCES

Analog: E.A.R. Disk Master Turntable with two Helius Omega Tonearms.

Cartridges: Koetsu Rosewood Signature, London Reference and Grado Statement1.… Read the full article

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Kharma Elegance dB7-S Loudspeakers

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Monologue: Kharma Loudspeakers…producing the sound of bowed and plucked strings alike with color, humanness, and texture.

In this age of industrial wealth and manufacturing proficiency, the audio industry has leaped forward with a proliferation of companies now capable of adopting engineering and construction techniques that elevate quality to unforeseen levels. You only have to look at the manufacturing marvel that is Kharma to appreciate that such levels of design, fabrication, and fit and finish were once only made in dreams. This unprecedented level of build quality has also been adopted in the loudspeaker realm.… Read the full article

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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018, Part the Second

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

van den Hul Colibri Signature Stradivarius (the second coming!)

Late in 2017, Randy Forman…he of Finest Fidelity distribution fame, and a jolly good gent…got me a van den Hul Colibri Signature Stradivarius (CSS). It got its break-in and fun run-out in the later days of the class vintage professional turntable, the direct-drive EMT 948’s visit here in 2017. Paired with Joel Durand’s exceptional Kairos 10.5″ tonearm, the van den Hul made fantastic music, and did so all the time on all kinds of music.… Read the full article

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Carol Clark's 2018 Brutus Awards

By | December 18th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. 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. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn, Mytek Manhattan II, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

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