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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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Our Top Gear For 2018

By | December 28th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

Our Top Gear of 2018 is our traditional end of year “best of the best” awards feature. Awards are dished out based solely on what we reviewed for 2018 and we did review a lot of interesting gear this year. I first want to thank all the readers and commenters who have visited our site, […]

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Our Bang For Buck Gear For 2018

By | December 26th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our Bang For Buck Awards is something new for Headfonics. In hindsight, this a set of awards we should have addressed earlier given the wide range of gear we review here every year that is both great value and very popular. Of course, ‘Bang For Buck’ does not necessarily mean cheap though certainly, price plays […]

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BLOG: 2018 Awards – Lieven’s Selection

By | December 24th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is an article many of you, well mostly the companies actually, always anxiously wait for. This is the article in which we award the best gear of 2018. First up: My own selection!!

2018 Awards – Year overview

It was another great year that flew by even faster than last year. A year in which we somewhat saw of a comeback of desktop / full sized gear. That being said though, we’re still living in a world where DAPs and IEMs are the most used.… 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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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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Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018, Part the First

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Unbelievably enough, it’s the end of the year 2018…already! I know that I say this every year, but every year it’s worse and worse; time whizzes by faster and faster, and the final quarter always arrives long before I’m ready for it. The Earth rotates, and faithfully follows its annual orbit around yon Sun, so no surprise. But experientially, years now are like months used to be when I was younger. Maybe you’ve noticed this too…

Anyway, it’s time for me to announce my Brutus Awards for 2018.… Read the full article

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The 15th Annual Positive Feedback Writers' Choice Awards for 2018

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

Beginning at the end of 2003, PF established its first annual awards for fine audio. The Brutus Award was established for the best that David Robinson and Dave Clark (and Carol Clark) had heard in their own listening rooms during that year. You can think of it as our equivalent of an “Editors’ Choice” award.

The Gizmo Award, on the other hand, was established in memory of our very good audio friend, Harvey “Gizmo” Rosenberg, and is given by David Robinson to the most conspicuous audiomaniac(s) of the year.… Read the full article

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What Hi-Fi? Best Buy speaker cables March 2018 – Chord Company C-screen & Clearway

By | March 19th, 2018|Categories: Chord Company|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Very very few are the budget systems that don’t feel the benefit of the C-Screen’s talents.”
Chord Company C-screen speaker cable
What Hi-Fi? Best Buy March 2018

“Chord’s affordable speaker cable recently waltzed away with its second What Hi-Fi? Award in as many years. It helps your system perform at its most musical.”

Chord Company Clearway speaker cable
What Hi-Fi? Best Buy March 2018

 


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