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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

Cooking up a summer storm with the KEF LSX

By | July 1st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Bluetooth. AirPlay 2. Spotify Connect. Roon. Room tuning. DSP. Firmware updates. Every one an audio tech abstraction until it meets the real world where many of us un/consciously look beyond our sub-optimal listening environments.

With the Berlin summer in full swing over the weekend, it was time to bust out the BBQ. My rooftop apartment offers a balcony long enough for a large group of people and wide enough for a large Weber-on-wheels — but not a four-seater table. We’d cook, chat and sink cold adult beverages outside but we’d eat in the kitchen.… Read the full article

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Sonus Faber Serafino Tradition | Review

By | June 30th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

With the Sonus Faber Serafino Tradition in your room, chances are high you will tend to let irrelevancies slide. Like food, water, and personal hygiene. Because you will have more important things to attend to. Like how unbelievably pretty these speakers are. That really is the first and last word — these loudspeakers are the best-looking that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing in my home. They’re embarrassingly well-made. Every aspect is attended to, and the whole is so over-the-top lux that they made the rest of my home look shabby.… Read the full article

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Audioengine 512 Portable Wireless Speaker

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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

Main System


Von Schweikert Audio VR-35 Export Deluxe,  REL Strata III Subwoofer       


Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Stereo Amplifier, “Fugly F4” DIY First Watt F4 Impedance Converting Amplifier (Thanks DIY Audio!), Homebrew Basic  David Slagle AVC Autoformer passive volume control, First Watt F7 Power Amplifier, Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier


Analog: Music Hall MMF-9 Turntable with Project Carbon 9c Arm modified with with Cardas Litz phono wire and Expressimo Audio’s Half Moon Heavyweight Counterweight, Lyra Delos MC Cartridge,  Goldring Maestro MC Cartridge, George Wright WPP100C phono-stage and WP100 Sowter Step-up Transformer, Pass Labs XP-17 phono stage, Pass Labs XP-15 phono stage

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream Junior, Sony DVP-S7700ES DVD player.… Read the full article

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Studio Electric Unveils The F2 Floorstander

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Studio Electric F2 Floorstander Feet

It has been a while since Studio Electric loudspeakers popped up on our radar. Our last piece of coverage on designer Dave Macpherson outside of his collaborations with Benchmark Media was way back at an after hours listening session from RMAF 2015.

Dave is still running the game in different capacities. One that found its way into my press-release loaded email box this week is regarding a new floor standing speaker appropriately called the Studio Electric F2 ($6.9k-$8.4k, depending on finish).… Read the full article

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Vanatoo Transparent One Encore Satellite/Subwoofer System

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

Speakers for those who love music.

Review By Matthew Clott

With this article, Positive Feedback continues its content-sharing relationship with Enjoy the Music. Mathew Clott shares his thoughts about the Vanatoo Loudspeakers. Read, and learn….

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

I have become increasingly impressed with the quality of truly affordable audio gear. The newly released Vanatoo Transparent One Encore qualifies under both the impressed, and affordable category. There is a lot of technology and many features crammed into a rather petite bookshelf speaker, with a single cable running to the passive speaker.… Read the full article

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A short film about the HEDD Audio Type 20

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Studio monitors vs. audiophile standmounts. What’s the difference? Is an active loudspeaker not an active loudspeaker, irrespective of its use case? The irony isn’t lost on me (and probably you) that housebound audiophiles who claim a thirst for accuracy often exclaim (!) a studio monitor as ‘too accurate!’.

Thinking of it another way, if all high-end loudspeakers sound different (and they do), only one can be accurate. Therefore, the majority of audiophiles are sitting at home with inaccurate playback.

Last month we visited Berlin’s HEDD Audio to get the low down on their Tower Mains active floorstanders.… Read the full article

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Unfinished business with the Dutch & Dutch 8c

By | May 26th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Looking back, it fell to my own lack of experience: making good on a 15-day ‘no questions asked’ return policy because the floorstanding loudspeakers that I’d ordered didn’t live up to the expectations drummed up by a formidable online reputation and a promotional pull quote that read “Best bass in the world”. Not in my room it wasn’t.

My mistake – as suggested by the manufacturer just prior to the speakers’ return – was that I’d not considered the room in which the loudspeakers would sit.… Read the full article

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The big & beautiful Klipsch Forte III

By | May 24th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Baby of the Heritage range, the Klipsch Heresy III’s sojourn at my home (review here) was mildly infuriating at times. Its unevenness disqualified it from the Do-No-Harm club and the sound of a piano never quite gelled. It got its hooks into me big time though with its uncanny ability to conjure a live event out of a studio recording.

Serious fun, more please. Which brings us to Klipsch’s Forte III (£4k / €4.4k / $4k). A chance to see what moving one step higher up the ladder brings forth.… Read the full article

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Salk Intros A New $10k Floorstander – The SS9.5

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Salk SS9.5 speaker

A quick dive into Salk Signature Sound website will reveal a complete list of all the speakers the Michigan-based company has to offer, complete with pricing. What also becomes quickly apparent is how deep and well-covered every price point is along the product lines.

The floorstander category runs from $1,500 for the two-way Songbird, all the way up to $16k SS12 at 147 lbs. per cabinet. Wedged in between all that is the new SS9.5 at $10k for standard veneer. The woodwork it reduced to a mere 112 lbs.… Read the full article

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