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Audioengine A2+ Wireless Powered Speakers

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

Audioengine A2+ Wireless Powered Speakers

When I reviewed Audioengine’s flagship HD6 speakers a few years back, I was absolutely smitten with their build quality and magnificent sound—especially with a hardwired connection to a good source. I so went on about the sound quality—finding it not at all unlike that of a good British mini-monitor—that, after the review, Brady Bargenquast of Audioengine told me he felt that I was somewhat missing the point. His point being, how great the HD6 sounded wirelessly. Which was one of their most important selling points.… Read the full article

1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Wilson-Benesch A.C.T. loudspeakers.

ELECTRONICS

Music Reference RM-4+ phono stage, Primare Pre30 line level preamplifier, Reference Line Preeminence One Series II passive preamplifier, Music Reference RM-200 amplifier, Dynaco ST-70 (with Welborne Labs mod) amplifier.

SOURCES

Digital: Vacuum State Level 6 modified Sony DVP-S9000ES DVD/CD/SACD Player

Analog: Music Hall MMF-7 turntable, Pro-ject 9 tonearm, Pro-Ject Speed Box Mk. II, Benz Micro ACE H cartridge, Magnum Dynalab FT-101A tuner.… Read the full article

STEALTH Audio Sakra V17 Limited Edition Interconnect

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

STEALTH Audio Sakra V17 Limited Edition Interconnect

One must be very comfortable perambulating interior space to be an audio wire designer. You spend your time juggling a limited number of variables in quest of the happy permutation that will result in a leg up over the competition. And contemplation only takes you so far. Prototypes must be built. Odds are high these will wind up in the pile over in that dark corner.

But juggle you must. Sometimes a client throws down the gauntlet and forces the issue.… Read the full article

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Stein Music Stateline Phono 2 Signature with Power Supply

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

Stein Music of Germany has been known in these pages as the source for unique and exciting accessories that advance room treatment, amplifier performance, power supply distribution, power cords, turntable performance and more. We knew they were big into loudspeakers and electronics, though few made it to these shores. Time all that changed! Now available is their sleek solid-state phono stage that contains the genius and design work of their namesake, Holger Stein, and his engineers. With a tube-like sonic smoothness and elegance, giant soundstage, and blackest of backgrounds, the Stein Music Stateline Phono 2 Signature is the best edition of just their least expensive lineup of electronics.… Read the full article

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Etsuro Urushi Bordeaux Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

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

Getting closer to the music etched into your LP’s grooves.

Review By Tom Lyle

With this article, Positive Feedback begins its content-sharing relationship with Enjoy the Music. Tom Lyle, who used to write for PF in former years, shares his thoughts about the Etsuro Urushi cartridge. Read, and learn….

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

Etsuro Urushi Bordeaux Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Review

It was about a year ago that I reviewed the cartridge that’s one step lower in Etsuro Urushi’s line, their Cobalt Blue. In the review I said that the Cobalt Blue is “a super-transparent window into the recording that was etched into an LP’s surface,” praising this cartridge to the point where one might be led to believe that there is no better cartridge on the market.… Read the full article

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VPI 12-inch 3D Fatboy Tonearm: Thick Does the Trick – Part 2

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

VPI 12-inch 3D Fatboy Tonearm

First, a quick recap for readers who missed the initial installment of this two-part review. (HERE). Very early on in the course of the Fuuga review I realized that the cartridge’s relatively high mass and low compliance and my reference VPI 3D printed tonearm’s 10-gram effective mass weren’t exactly a match made in heaven. Not a problem. VPI’s latest and heavier—but at that point untested 3D printed 12-inch Fatboy—had recently arrived and was pressed into service for the Fuuga review.… Read the full article

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FinkTeam Borg Loudspeakers

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

The enormous WM-4 FINKTEAM loudspeakers caused a lot of confusion among people during the High End 2018 exhibition  in Munich. Looking at them and not knowing what it was all about, it was hard to say why, however. They did look a little different than most loudspeakers at the exhibition, but they still seemed to be mainstream—these are stocky loudspeakers with D’Appolito arrangement—two midrange drivers and a tweeter, with a really large woofer below.

Only having looked at them closely, one could become suspicious of their “ordinariness.” It was then possible to see that the tweeter is an AMT Mundorf driver, the midrange drivers have flat membranes and they have been made in-house according to the FMWD (Flat Membrane Wide Dispersion) concept (do you remember the NXT technology?), while the woofer is an enormous 15-inch unit with a paper membrane and textile surround.… Read the full article

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Cardas Audio Clear Beyond Interconnects

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

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

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

ELECTRONICS

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.

SOURCES

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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GIK Acoustics 4A Alpha Panel and TriTrap

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

When it comes to room acoustics, size matters. The axiom that smaller listening rooms lead to larger acoustical challenges holds true in my experience. Room-mode resonances, which greatly affect bass response, generally manifest higher in frequency in small rooms, leading to coloration, not just in the bass, but further up into the midrange. Those of us relegated to listening to music in smaller rooms know all too well the challenges associated with loudspeaker and listener placement. Closer proximity of wall surfaces leads to a preponderance of early reflections and slap echo, which can result in tonal coloration and diffused, confused imaging.… Read the full article

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PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube DAC – Premier Review

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube DAC

Digital Audio Converters (DAC), which take the carefully crafted digital signal and convert it to analog, mostly matured between five and ten years ago. Companies like DCS, Playback Designs, Theta, and more, pushed the chip manufacturers to develop extraordinarily complex and powerful designs, and finally have nearly eliminated jitter and other innate problems. Musicality improved with every generation, as did computing power, topping out about a decade ago with chips used quite often today for stereo PCM 24/192 and up to 2X DSD.… Read the full article

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