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Master & Dynamic MW65 Wireless Headphones

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

New York based audio company Master & Dynamic have always pushed the envelope in product design where styling and aesthetics are concerned. This, coupled with their striving for audiophile sound, has earned them acclaim from many a critic. It is not surprising then that their latest creation—the MW65 active noise-cancelling headphones—have been eagerly anticipated in the world of personal audio.

Featuring their most “sophisticated technology” yet, the MW65 headphones are also the company’s lightest over-ears set, integrating custom 40mm beryllium drivers.… Read the full article

Cary Audio VT-500 Phono Preamplifier – A World Premier 

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

Cary Audio VT-500 Phono Preamplifier

The new Cary Audio VT-500 Phono Preamplifier, based on the venerable 6SL7 tube and the most expensive phono preamp Cary has ever manufactured here in America, takes its place as the most successful phono stage from this 30-year-old company. Cary Audio now sells direct to the consumer. Musical and melodious to the max, moving coil cartridges are treated to powerful amplification with ultra-low noise and unhearable distortion. My more expensive references are no more flexible or quiet than Cary Audio VT-500.… Read the full article

Daedalus Audio's Muse Studio Loudspeaker

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

Daedalus Audio Muse Studio Loudspeaker

The Muse Studio is an upgraded version of Daedalus Audio’s lowest priced loudspeaker, the Muse. Both Muse speakers were designed for listeners with smaller rooms, perhaps just like mine? Utilizing the same cabinet, and drivers as the Muse, the Studio employs a crossover network developed for Daedalus’ Athena speakers to give it a higher level of definition, and accuracy. Yes sir, Mr. Hinkley, I am an excellent target for the very design goals of your Muse Studio. 

Bring it on.

Sounding Off

Having made it a point of emphasis to listen to Lou Hinkley’s loudspeakers every year at AXPONA, I can say without hesitation that regardless of model, Daedalus speakers have never failed to impress me.Read the full article

Lindemann Audio Limetree Network DAP / Headamp

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Good Things do Come in Small Packages

Review By Rufus Smith

With this article, Positive Feedback continues its content-sharing relationship with Enjoy the Music. Rufus Smith shares his thoughts about the Lindemann Audio Limetree Network DAP / Headamp. Read, and learn….

Dr. David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief

Do good things really come in small packages and at ridiculously low price points? I have always thought diminutive audio products had too many compromises in their design to be used in anything but a portable playback system.… Read the full article

KECES Sphono and Spower

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Keces Sphono

With the matching cartridges, the KECES Ephono turned out to be a real bargain: So much superb sound and substantial usage of materials plus good workmanship can hardly be found elsewhere at this price. The Sphono now also offers higher load impedances and even more features. Does it also have more to offer in terms of sonic performance?

Regarding the Ephono, I had wondered where KECES did cut costs considering its highly customer friendly price, but only became aware of the fact that both manufacturer and distributor were quite stingy with information on the technology.… Read the full article

German Physiks Emperor Preamplifier

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

 At 66 pounds, it took two of us to carefully hoist the new German Physiks Emperor Preamplifier onto my rack. This is the heaviest preamp I’ve had since the mbl 6010D a decade ago. That was so huge I needed to get height extenders for my TAOC rack. The Emperor is not that big, just slightly bigger than my CH Precision L1 Preamp (which is already larger than the average). At 18½” W x 6⅓” H x 18½” D, the Emperor just fit on the shelf.… Read the full article

A New Reference in Electrical Power Conditioning: the ADD-Powr Sorcer X2

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

I’ve been detailing my experiences with my new home and new listening room over the last couple of years here at PF; a recent article in the last issue (HERE) chronicled my ongoing battles with a seemingly never-ending variety of sources of noise in the listening room. A room that, from the beginning, was designed to be essentially noise-free. The battle continues, but I’m at least making progress, having finally resolved the nagging upstairs-refrigerator noise problem. … Read the full article

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The SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer

By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

It seems like every conversation I’ve had with audiophiles about subwoofers the last few years included 3 letters: SVS. No doubt subs from this company were gaining some real respect among the high end community. When I met Nick Brown (VP Marketing) and Dan Marks and (VP Operations) from SVS at AXPONA 2019, they were launching the new SVS 3000 series. These guys not only know their subs, they are passionate about their company and its products. I thought the new SVS 3000 might be the perfect match for my current favorite affordable speaker, the Quad S-5, so I requested a review sample.… Read the full article

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Cardas Audio Clear Beyond XL Phono Cable: Special Order! World Premiere

By | July 1st, 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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Swedish Analog Technology (SAT) LM-12 Tonearm: Analog Playback Meets Rocket Science

By | July 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Swedish Analog Technology LM-12 Tonearm

The Swedish Analog Technology LM-12 Tonearm

Two of the finest tonearms that I’ve encountered in my search for the Holy Grail hail from of all places Sweden. The first is the ’90s vintage Air Tangent linear tracking, air bearing tonearm that sold for at the time an unheard of $15K (around $30K in today’s dollars) in the remote control VTA version. And it was worth every penny of the massive amount of precision machining that went into its manufacturing (commonplace today but cutting edge 30 years ago).… Read the full article

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