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Constellation Inspiration 1.0 Linestage and 1.0 Stereo Amplifier: The Definition of Value

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

The Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 Linestage and pair of 1.0 Stereo amplifiers, driving the GamuT Flagship Zodiac Loudspeakers.

From the Beginning

For a company that just recently celebrated only its 8th birthday, Constellation Audio has proven itself virtually unparalleled in both accomplishment and acceptance. My first take was at their 2010 CES introduction, where I caught up with designer Peter Madnick for the first time in some years. Peter’s track record is, staying with the cosmic theme here, stellar.

In the mid-1990s, his Audio Alchemy products redefined the budget market and promulgated the use of a multi-box digital playback system, the use of a separate transport, DAC, power supply, and re-clocking device, rather than the previous paradigm of the one-box optical disc player.… Read the full article

Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ and Brooklyn Amplifier

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

I was recently introduced to Mytek, a company out of Brooklyn, NY that specializes in digital electronics. Not being known for being the go-to guy for digital I thought the opportunity to try something completely different was something I could not pass up. Suffice it to say right up front that I am glad that I didn’t pass. Mytek HIFI produces some impressive gear. This is a review of both units.

The very first thing that caught my attention was the diminutive size of both the preamp/DAC and the amplifier.… Read the full article

Timeline SE Turntable Speed Strobe

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

“I feel the need—the need for speed!” (Peter “Maverick” Mitchell, Top Gun). Speed control that is! Whether it’s jets or a turntable’s speed… it all matters. We’ve all heard the chipmunk like squeals of a 33 1/3 rpm LP mistakenly played at 45 rpm, or the unholy dirge of a 45 played at 33 1/3. Both of these examples provide clear evidence that your turntable’s motor speed plays a pivotal role in what you’re hearing when you spin a record.Read the full article

Cardas Audio Clear Beyond Power XL: 30 Years in the Making!

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Cardas Audio Clear Beyond Power XL

I know George Cardas through his charming daughter, Mary Cardas. Angela, his other daughter, skillfully grows the company while George continues to do what he loves best:  explore, invent, and improve the ways we audiophiles may more fully enjoy our grand hobby. Though I have never owned Cardas Audio, I have been paying very close attention to their developments. 

The Clear Beyond Series of cables is only a year old, and the XL Power Cord even newer. It includes the most complex construction I know, of backed by pages of patents by George that make all other cables look bizarrely simplistic in construction.… Read the full article

JIB Boaacoustic Digital Cables

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

JIB Boaacoustic Digital Cables

Wolfgang Kemper, guest contributor from HiFi Statement

The Boaacoustic cables’ colorful unique design quickly catches your eye. This is an advantage when you want to stand out in the wide selection of cables on the market. Just what qualities are hidden beneath the colorful exteriors?

Oh no! No more cables! That was my first reaction as a former sales colleague introduced me to the JIB-Boaacoustic cable assortment while I was visiting the 2018 High-End trade show in Munich. I had already taken notice of their impressive booth.… Read the full article

PS Audio P20 and P15 AC Regenerators – Keeping the System Clean

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

PS Audio has been steadily developing as a high-end manufacturer since 1974, despite the trading of leadership on various occasions. Paul McGowan, the “P,” and Stan Warren, the “S,” were the founding partners. Stan left in the early 80s to found Superfon. Paul would leave in the 90s to join Arnie Nudel, having a hand in the very successful Infinity Systems and Genesis loudspeakers. After PS Audio traded hands a couple times, Paul left Infinity to buy back the PS Audio brand.… Read the full article

The Boulder 508 Phono Stage – Like a Rolling Stone-Dig It

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

Boulder electronics, out of Boulder, Colorado, has been diligently creating some of the finest audio components in the world since 1983. Founded by Jeff Nelson, Boulder’s vision has largely been aimed at the state of the art, and those with deep pockets. For instance, the 3050 monoblock amplifiers will rip $190,000 from your accountants bare white-knuckled fist. The new reference phono stage, the 2008, will snatch $50K off the top of your mountain of cash.

In recent years Boulder has allowed some of their vast know-how to trickle down, resulting in the their most accessible line, the 800 series.… Read the full article

The Ortofon Windfeld Ti Cartridge – 100 Years in the Making, Well Worth the Wait

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Ortofon is a Danish company celebrating 100 years of commitment to excellence in the manufacture of audio related products, best known for its Analog Cartridges. Included in the extensive cartridge line up are tone arms, step up transformers, DJ related gear, and a host of micro manufacturing capabilities spanning many different industries. 

In the beginning

“….On the 9th of October 1918, the two Danish engineers, Axel Petersen (1887-1971) and Arnold Poulsen (1889-1952) founded the Electrical Phono Film Company with a few capable and foresighted businessmen who would support the organization financially.… Read the full article

JBL L100 Classic Loudspeakers

By | January 28th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The JBL L100 Classic are new JBL loudspeakers that allude to the iconic JBL L100 speakers from years ago. The original JBL L100 were introduced in 1970 and it was a consumer version of the popular JBL 4310 Pro Studio monitor. Over time, this model has become the best-selling JBL loudspeaker of all time (source: corporate materials).

Retro speakers still remain fashionable. It’s harder and harder to tell if it’s vintage or retro, because most people do not seem to differentiate these concepts.… Read the full article

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Ultimate Ears Live In-Ear Monitor:  King of the Hill

By | January 28th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

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


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


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.


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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