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Audio Ramblings and the Matrix Cables from Black Cat Cable

By | April 22nd, 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

Three Simple and Cost Effective Hot-Rod Mods for the Classic Thorens TD-124 Turntable!

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I’ve always thought of the Thorens TD-124 as one of the most beautiful of the classic turntables, which for whatever reason, reminds me of being the 1955 Ford T-Bird of the turntable world, a classic car which I also happen to greatly admire.

Artisan Fidelity Thorens TD-124 Statement / Classic Long-Base Turntable

I had lusted after a Thorens TD-124 of my own for years, and I finally decided to pull the trigger and ordered one of Christopher Thornton’s Artisan Fidelity Thorens TD-124 Statement turntables with a Cocobolo plinth back in September of 2017 (more HERE), and the completed turntable arrived at my home in November of 2018. … Read the full article

Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild featuring 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones

By | April 20th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Photo by Katarina Benzova

A few weeks ago I received an unassuming enough looking email from Cameron Black of the PR firm Noyd Communications, asking me if I would like to experience a unique VIP on-stage experience for the Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild concert at the MGM Park hotel’s Park Theater in Las Vegas. Wait what? Aerosmith? On-stage seats? I fuckin’ love Aerosmith!

In fact my love affair with Aerosmith goes back to my mid teens when I practically wore a hole in Live!Read the full article

In Search of a Perfect Song, The Soft Moon Edition

By | April 8th, 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

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Impressions:  From an Editor’s Notebook – Merrill Audio Element 118, Pneupods, and Focal Sphear Earphones

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

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

Last updated 03/18/2019

The current system (09-2018) with a pair of the beautiful and powerful Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblocks on the top shelf of the Critical Mass Systems QXK rack.

A close-up view of the EAT Massive Record Weight. Nice looking, and really helps to improve the sound of your LPs!

One version of our current 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.Read the full article

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My Ultimate Mono Experience: the Hana SL Cartridge and the ModWright PH 9.0 Phono Stage – Part 2

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

Hey, Positive People!

When we last spoke on March 9 in Issue 102 (HERE), I ended the article saying that being so inspired by the sound of the Modwright P9.0 preamp, it led me to purchase quite a few fun vinyl items for discussion in this Part II of Mono-mania! I have a complete mono-ready rig set up which includes the Technics SL1200 MKII turntable with Hana SL mono MC cartridge, coming through the ModWright PH 9.0 tube phono stage (with power supply), which is driven by the Rega Brio integrated amplifier (coming through input 5) and delivered through my Spendor D5 floor speakers.… Read the full article

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Impressions:  The HeadAmp Blue Hawaii Electrostatic Special Edition Headphone Amp & MrSpeakers VOCE Electrostatic Headphones

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

Yon Olde Editor (portrait by John Robinson)

A prologue:  of memories, music, and dreams…

To start:  An extended and quite famous passage from Proust.

Just read it, it will do you good.

Many years had elapsed during which nothing of Combray, save what was comprised in the theatre and the drama of my going to bed there, had any existence for me, when one day in winter, on my return home, my mother, seeing that I was cold, offered me some tea, a thing I did not ordinarily take.Read the full article

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Audio Ramblings and the Antipodes CX

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Getting music from A to B is still the hot thing with more and more renderer/server/streaming devices coming out from every nook and cranny. While there continues to be offerings from such companies as AURALiC, Aurender, and so on—running their own proprietary software—there are those from the likes of Antipodes, Wolf, Roon, Small Green Computer, and so on, running someone else’s software, such as, well… Roon.

A few years back I wrote about my experiences with the Antipodes Edge and Core combo, which run Roon though other software options available, and ended up keeping the two units as a reference for such things—like Roon.… Read the full article

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Capacitors, Speakers, Cables, and Other Magic Stuff

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

Roger Skoff, LAOC Gala 2018 (photograph by David W. Robinson)

Roger Skoff writes about possibly unexpected things that can affect the sound of your system.

Well more than half a century ago, when I was a kid, the teacher in my High School physics class did something I will never forget. Let me tell you about it. Maybe you’ll want to keep it in mind, too.

One day, as part of his regular lesson, the teacher (sorry, but after all these years, I simply don’t remember his name) brought out an electroscope—a device for indicating the presence and polarity of an electrical charge [https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroscope]—and showed us how it worked by using it on one of the batteries kept on hand in the classroom for just such purposes.… Read the full article

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My Ultimate Mono Experience: the Hana SL Cartridge and the ModWright PH 9.0 Phono Stage – Part 1

By | March 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

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

A coupla months ago, I had a new experience when Dan Wright loaned me his ModWright PH 150 tube preamp for several months. Published in PF Issue 100 (HERE), I wrote about using the “mono” button on the front panel to achieve the desired effect. I really liked what I heard from the PH 150, except that a few other components it was combined with were not quite exactly what I needed to achieve the ultimate mono experience.… Read the full article

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