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German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeakers

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeakers

One of my fondest memories as a teen was poring over the pages of the Tech Hifi catalog. Located on Route 35 in Eatontown, NJ, it was the closet thing the Jersey Shore offered to high end audio, and to me it represented the state of the art in home sound reproduction. The catalog lay out was organized around a number of systems starting with entry level in the front of the catalog, gradually building to what was touted as the NE plus ultra.Read the full article

Critical Mass Systems CenterStage2 Footer: Unparalleled Performers

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

The new 1.5 inch tall Critical Mass Systems CenterStage2 footer with its packaging, and two different thickness of shims, provided to assure the best possible contact.

I’ve honestly no idea why I was so surprised to hear from Critical Mass Systems’ Joe Laverncik this past July asking if I’d like to audition the “new” CMS CenterStage2 footers. He has shown himself to be unrelenting in his pursuit of performance, so I suspect that it was because it was coming so closely on the heels of the publication of my profound experiences with the radically effective original CenterStage footers just some three months earlier (HERE).… Read the full article

The Gingko ARCH Platform and Acoustic Resonance Clarifier™ (ARCH) Follow-up

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

After I had such a positive experience with the Gingko ARCHs vibration control devices, Vinh Vu of Gingko asked me if I’d like to listen to the latest addition to the ARCH line, the ARCH Platform. It took me about a millisecond to say “yes, please.”

The ARCH Platform is an attractive, low-maintenance vibration control solution that is tuneable to suit your listening taste. It works in concert with Gingko’s Mini ARCHs to help your components vibrate less, and thus sound better.… Read the full article

McGary SA-1 Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

McGary SA-1 Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier

Okay everyone! Time for the obvious disclosure! How could I not want to review an amplifier that emblazons my name right on the front of the amp in such fashion? Just ignore that Mc part. This is truly a Gary amp!

I was a bit surprised when the unit showed up at my door as I completely spaced on doing the review. (Let’s hand that off to advanced age.) So I unpacked the amp from its shipping container and set it in between my mono blocks, installed the tubes, powered it up, and we were off to the McRaces!… Read the full article

World Premiere Review:  Andros Deluxe Vacuum Tube Phono Stage from Zesto Audio

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Andros Deluxe Vacuum Tube Phono Stage

With six Zesto creations under my reviewing belt, I believe I have a good idea what each do well, and how each ranks in the high-end audiophile pantheon. I rarely keep gear, but the Zesto Allasso became a welcome addition to my vinyl playback earlier this year. That said, I was bowled over by the Bia 120 Amplifier and stunned by the Tessera (colossal) Phono Stage. That said, though I have overused the term “World-Class” a bit, I cannot conjure up any more worthy gear to carry that moniker than the Andros Deluxe reviewed here.… Read the full article

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Luxman LX-380 Integrated

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The image above is presented as proof of my credentials for reviewing vacuum tube integrated amplifiers. The photo of my younger son was taken two decades ago sitting next to the Air Tight Acoustic Masterpiece M-101 integrated amplifier (audioMusings Issue 6, 1998 HERE). The infant is now a grown man and moved on to pursue his fortune in the world. I wish him peace and happiness.

Luxman LX-380

Luxman LX-380

Luxman has been producing highly regarded audio components in Japan since 1925.… Read the full article

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ESS 422H Headphones – A Quick Take

By | November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

David Williamson, with additional comments from David W. Robinson

ESS 422H Headphones

Some days it’s tough being the source for headphone recommendations among my friend group.

First, there’s an overwhelming amount of digital advertisements for “premium” and “cutting-edge” headphones crowding everyone’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds that one must contend with. Every social-media-derived question seems to be about a product that has never been peer-reviewed, cannot be procured from a reputable seller, and can only be ordered on a mobile device from a website that only accepts bitcoins.… Read the full article

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Second Report:  The MAG-LEV ML1 Levitating Turntable

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

MAG-LEV ML1 Levitating Turntable

It’s time for an update on the MAG-LEV ML1 levitating turntable. You’ll find my world premiere review HERE.

After four months in heavy use and with my modifications on board, I am pleased to report that the ML1, for all its novelty and glamour, is also a high performing, exceptionally musical turntable, even for the jaded audiophile like myself. Once one is used to its procedures for playback, I’ve only experienced one tiny glitch, which did not repeat in its entire playback time to date.… Read the full article

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The Bergmann Audio Odin Linear Tracking Tonearm

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

Bergmann Audio Odin Linear Tracking Tonearm

The Odin currently marks Bergmann’s flagship in their range of air bearing tonearms. Head of company Johnnie Bergmann did not design it specifically for one of his turntables, but as a tonearm that is intended for universal application also on turntables from other manufacturers.

Whilst visiting the company’s headquarters in the Danish town of Hobro some time ago, myself, Johnnie Bergmann, Werner Obst (who has been distributing Bergmann’s analogue portfolio in Germany almost since its market introduction) had already arranged for a sample of the Odin to be sent to Hifistatement.… Read the full article

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Improved Digital Conversion the CH Precision HD Upgrade

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

CH Precision HD Upgrade

What’s New?

I’ve calculated that every time I leave my apartment, it costs me $50 on average. In an odd way, that makes me feel patriotic, like I’m doing my bit to keep the consumer economy humming. Doesn’t it make me a good citizen?

It was late summer and the doldrums had set in, so I went perambulating this time in virtual space, where I gravitate to audio related sites. I opened the CH Precision website, clicked on the NEWS tab…Holy cow, what is all this stuff that nobody told me about?… Read the full article

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