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Experiences with Gryphon Audio

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

Mythical Sound from the Winged Lion.

How many manufacturers offer fully designed turn-key systems? How many do it with the panache of Gryphon Audio of Denmark? The answer can fit on one hand if you were missing at least two fingers.

My first encounter with Danish designer Fleming Rasmussen’s Gryphon Audio came with the review of the Gryphon Encore stereo amplifier, and Prelude preamplifier in 2004. In what seems to be another lifetime, the Encore displaced my Jeff Rowland 302 stereo amp as I fell for the spell cast by the Gryphon center of the earth weight, and warm slightly dark tonal balance.… Read the full article

Fedor Rudin: Paganini Caprice in A minor, Op. 1, No. 5

By | February 10th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me as of fall 2016

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

Rega Rebounds in Musical Surroundings: The Nova III Phono Stage

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

Hey Positive People!

The last time we spoke, I was in the midst of bouncing between two rigs set up in my basement—one using several on-loan items:  the Modwright PH150 with the surrounding components that completed it (PS150 power supply; VPI Prime Scout; LTA Ultralinear amplifier and Microzotl amp; Daedalus Audio Athena v.2 loudspeakers; and a complete set of WyWires cables/interconnects), and the other stereo setup was my own personal Rega rig, which includes the Planar 6 turntable with Neo Power Supply Unit; Rega Exacta 2 MM cartridge; Rega Brio integrated amplifier, Rega Apollo CD player; and Spendor D4 speakers (you can read all about it in the earlier January article HERE).… Read the full article

Technique – A Guide to Fine Tuning

By | February 4th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Or how to set up speakers

Did you ever experience a situation where the loudspeakers that sounded so great in distributor’s showroom after you bought them and placed them in your room sounded as if they were broken? If you did, almost certainly the reason for that was the acoustics of your listening room, and perhaps also the way you set up your speakers. Let me tell you how to avoid such situations.

A  LOUDSPEAKERS SETUP in a room is a key element, equally important as a selection of the other system components.… Read the full article

Box Sets – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

My relationship with box sets? Well, you might say its complicated. I recently reached the 100 mark with box sets in my collection, a bit of a milestone for me. This seemed like a great time to share some of my observations about collecting them, potential issues, the hurdles I’ve encountered and the solutions I’ve found getting over them. Despite my feeling that box sets come with certain challenges I have no intention whatsoever to stop collecting them. At their best box sets can provide deep insight and context unavailable with individual titles.Read the full article

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Singing Lightfoot in Lincolnshire

By | January 27th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

After a holiday season of good cheer, John Marks returns to the pages of PF with a new reflection on the music of Gordon Lightfoot, one of blessed memory for him, as well as for me. John maintains a worthy blog site at The Tannhauser Gate, always worth regular visits for those who value fine reflections and erudite commentary.

Count me as one.

Dr. David W. Robinson, Ye Olde Editor

To quote Oscar Wilde: I can resist everything except temptation.… Read the full article

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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018: Part the Fifth, and Final

By | January 25th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Ye Olde Editor (photograph by John Robinson)

By way of explanation…

The final batch of my Brutus Award announcements for 2018 was significantly delayed by a major project that had to be attended to by the entire PF Web team:  the transfer of the entire PF site and content to an entirely different Web host, with a major upgrade of its platform hardware package. Anyone who knows Web-based publishing and its IT-related challenges understands that making such a shift is a really serious move.… Read the full article

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Get Real Audio: The Artist Perspective – Preparing to do a Direct-To-Disc Record, Part 2

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

Lyn Stanley (photograph by Evelina Pentcheva)

Synopsis: Preparation for the making a Direct-To-Disc recording is more complicated than a typical album.  In this follow-up article to Lyn Stanley’s Direct-To-Disc discussion elsewhere in Issue 101 of Positive Feedback, she outlines what are her key considerations and process needed to produce a challenging live format directly to a lacquer with no fixes possible.

In this discussion, I will go into more detail about what I need to do to prepare for the Direct-to-Disc (D2D) recording I am creating this January.… Read the full article

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The Pursuit of Happiness: My Rega Revelations

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

Wayne Goins:  a portrait. Salina, KS, 2017. Photograph and image processing by David W. Robinson

In my last article for Positive Feedback, I extolled the virtues of the Modwright PH150 and the surrounding components that completed the rig (PS150 power supply; VPI Prime Scout; LTA Ultralinear amplifier and Microzotl amp; Daedalus Audio Athena v.2 loudspeakers; and a complete set of WyWires cables/interconnects. You can read that earlier article HERE. Near the end of the article, I peered into future possibilities that included, among other things, exploring the sonic capabilities of Hana high- and low-output cartridges. … Read the full article

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In Search of a Perfect Song, Part 4

By | January 16th, 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. 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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