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The State of the Cable Art: van den Hul 3T Mountain Cables, & the Kubala-Sosna Realization Series

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Experience, Direct Witness, Astonishment

What It Is

Across more than forty years I’ve recorded live jazz in many locations. The list of venues and places has grown long. The number of musicians—great, very good, extraordinary, iconoclastic and, on occasion, startling—has grown even longer.

Jim Merod with Ornette Coleman (photograph courtesy of BluePort Records)

Early on, with equipment far inferior to recent high-resolution recording devices that essentially deliver state of the art sonic capture with hand-held compact ease, I learned how crucial two elements of the enterprise truly were: good microphones with exquisitely precise placement; and outstanding cables at the point of audio reception as well as recorded transfer.… Read the full article

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Coming Up! Monterey Jazz Bash @ 60

By | July 31st, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Acoustic Zen Crescendos, Genesis G7.2Ps, Tetra Manhattans (also: Apogee Stages, SP Tech Time Piece 1.2s, Vandersteen 2Ce-modified, Acoustic Zen Adagios, von Schweikert VCL-15 monitor reference and sub), Silverline Minuets.

ELECTRONICS

McCormack 125 Platinum Full-Rev Edition, plus McCormack VRE-1 preamplifier Nuforce P-9 mono blocks, Birdland Odeon-Ag 24-192/SACD Upsampling DAC, Audio Research SP-8 (Dahong Seeto version) preamplifier, Nuforce P-9 mono blocks, KR VT600-MK tube mono blocks, McCormack 0.5 high-mod amplifier.… Read the full article

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Playback Designs Integrated Single Chassis Sonic Masterpiece: The IPS-3

By | July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Playback Designs Integrated Single Chassis Sonic Masterpiece:  The IPS-3

WHAT?

My first “hi fi” stereo box, in 1957, was an elegantly constructed Magnavox LP changer with a built-in amp-preamp feeding two inch mono speakers. All of this consumed a minimal internal and external footprint. The device sat on splayed legs to raise it to easy access. It made sound of some discernible sort resembling music. It was not musical, itself, but suggested something akin to Miles Davis’ 1949 nonet underwater or Ella Fitzgerald lost in a dense forest looking for Roy Eldridge.… Read the full article

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Bill Parish Talks with PF's Jim Merod

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

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The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers and Balanced Audio Technology VK-255 SE stereo amplifier.

GamuT Audio Zodiac with SACD rack_web

The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.

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The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.

LOUDSPEAKERS

GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers; Evolution Acoustics MM2 loudspeakers with Wave Kinetics isolation feet; Nova Rendition II loudspeakers outfitted with Walker Audio Reference HDLs on the upper and lower bi-wires, and Townshend Audio Super Tweeters, all contacts treated with Walker Audio Extreme SST Contact Enhancer.… Read the full article

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America's Premier Composer Maria Schneider at Soka University 2/21/17

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

Maria Schneider

Maria Schneider (photograph courtesy of Soka University)

Maria Schneider is an unrivaled American composer in the grand tradition of Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Ellington, a transcendent lineage that defines western musical maturity. A once undiscovered orchid, Maria’s risen to a plateau of melodic delight and aesthetic delicacy without equal, an achievement accrued in part by the uniquely authoritative command of her mentoring.

Arriving as harmonic explorations in jazz escalated the complexity and depth of Duke Ellington’s adventurous big band heritage—Fletcher Henderson, Tadd Dameron and George Russell avatars of ethereal liquid colors sublimely augmented by the majestic brilliance of Miles Davis’ close associate co-conspirator, Gil Evans—Maria studied, first, with Evans, and then with the iconoclastic Bob Brookmeyer.… Read the full article

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Before She Became Princess Leia

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Finishing graduate study at Stanford, 1970-72, I was Director of Admissions at the The Athenian School, a small and innovative prep school on Mt. Diablo in the Bay Area. It was funded by the Ford Foundation as a tribute to Dyke Brown, its longtime Vice President, a going away present supporting educational objectives he’d championed over many years to augment the intellectual rigor of secondary school education. The faculty was remarkable: Carmen DaVivi, a strong painter who kept things fun and loose; my Princeton classmate, Dave Oliver, was a sober advocate for high academic standards, as was Louis Knight who went on to teach at the Thatcher School the year before I went to Cornell.… Read the full article

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A YouTube Video About PF's Jim Merod: The Jazz Man!

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Robinson_on_porch_with_pipe

[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

BAT_VK-255SE_with_Zodiac_speakers_IMG_5608

The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers and Balanced Audio Technology VK-255 SE stereo amplifier.

GamuT Audio Zodiac with SACD rack_web

The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.

001_Robinson_system_view_DSC_0286

The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.

LOUDSPEAKERS

GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers; Evolution Acoustics MM2 loudspeakers with Wave Kinetics isolation feet; Nova Rendition II loudspeakers outfitted with Walker Audio Reference HDLs on the upper and lower bi-wires, and Townshend Audio Super Tweeters, all contacts treated with Walker Audio Extreme SST Contact Enhancer.… Read the full article

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