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Review: Getting my groove on with one-step vinyl releases

By | December 17th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In business, it can be advantageous to cut out the middle man. In vinyl record production, too, less can be more. The latest mini-trend in the audiophile world is one-step recordings, which eliminate two parts of the manufacturing process.

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab dropped its first one-step record in 2016 with Santana’s Abraxas, followed early this year by the Bill Evans Trio’s Sunday at the Village Vanguard. Both quickly sold out. This fall, MFSL added Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly and reportedly is planning a handful more in 2018.… Read the full article

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Impressions Photo Essay:  Prelude

By | November 11th, 2017|Categories: Analog planet, Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Robinson_on_porch_with_pipe

[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Our current (August 26, 2017) stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers. Our new GamuT Lobster Chair optimized for audiophile listening and maximum comfort is in the foreground to the lower right.

GamuT Audio Zodiac with SACD rack_web

The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.

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The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Classic Album Sundays

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you’ve ever heard of Chad Kassem, you know he’s a pillar of the vinyl resurgence, owner and founder of Acoustic Sounds and many other related ventures. If you’ve ever heard Chad Kassem speak, you know he’s a no holds barred and very direct man. A man of my own ilk.

Classic Album Sundays hosted a room at Rocky Mountain Audiofest that might have been on a few folks list of best sounding rooms, if not for the sake that it’s primary use was to be a room of verbal expositions on the genesis and resurrection of classic albums.

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AXPONA 2017: A Place In The Market

By | May 7th, 2017|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |



A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

“Success is 5% perspiration and 95% getting your name out there.” -Albert Einstein

Often the reason I get from dealers and manufacturers who have already “arrived” at their place in the audiophile market is: “We do the show circuit to stay relevant. If we don’t show, people would begin to speculate as to what’s wrong with our company.” It’s sad, it’s true, but you get to a point where your own ubiquity becomes a burden — people expect you to be there.… Read the full article

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Magico S5 Mk. 2 Loudspeakers: A New Classic

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Speakers—out of all the components in the audio chain— have seen the biggest advancements in performance over the last couple of years. Cabinet design. Driver design. Enclosure and driver materials. Computerized speaker design and crossover modelling. In house machining and construction. These factors and a few more have gone a long way to elevating high-end speaker performance a couple of notches as heard here with the new Magico S5 Mk. 2 Loudspeakers.

Magico S5 Mk. 2 Loudspeakers

Magico, based out of Hayward, CA is one of the companies at the cutting edge of this revolution in high-end audio speaker design.… Read the full article

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Impressions: Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2016, Part The Last

By | December 24th, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Herewith is Impressions:  Robinson’s Brutus Awards for 2016, Part The Last. Part The First can be found HERE, Part The Second HEREPart The Third HERE, and Part The Fourth HERE.

Robinson's Brutus Awards

Music Software/Record Companies/Download Sites

Year in and year out, we audiophiles and music lovers rely on our trusted labels, recording companies, re-issuers, and download sites to provide us with the albums that we love so passionately. We assume that they are operating out of a similar passion (well, with the exception of major record label bean-counters and soulless executives, that is…to the blazes with those bassturds!), and that we can purchase our records from them with a reasonable confidence in their integrity, in the provenance of their releases, and the excellence of their work.… Read the full article

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Acoustic Sounds Goes Ultimate Analog – Reel-to-Reel Tape Comes of Age

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

“It’s so easy to fall in love.”

Buddy Holly and Norman Petty might have just as easily been writing about reel-to-reel tape as finding one’s soulmate (although tapes are not for fools!). Everything from the machines’ “retro” look to the “coolness” factor to the feel of spooling up the tape to the look of the tape boxes sitting on the shelves to the thrill of the music as it was truly intended to be heard just creates that ever-so-elusive goose bump factor that audiophiles cherish oh-so-much says buy me.… Read the full article

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