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Telarc Firebird Vinyl Reissue

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Telarc Stereo TEL00005. 33.3 RPM, 180 gram vinyl. Retail $24.98. Robert Shaw conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for this recording of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite paired with Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances.

Igor Stravinsky

The Firebird:  Introduction

The Firebird:  The Firebird and Her Dance

The Firebird:  Round Dance of the Princesses

The Firebird:  Infernal Dance of King Kastchei

The Firebird:  Berceuse

The Firebird:  Finale

Aleksandr Borodin

Prince Igor: Overture

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Warning! You are about to read a negative review.… Read the full article

Introducing the System Solution: Set-Up & Tuning Discs

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: , |

After years of great success with our original System Set-Up & Tuning Disc, Nordost is excited to introduce a newly upgraded disc-set that both improves and expands upon our initial product, offering more content and features, to get your system sounding its best and to keep it that way. The Nordost System Solution is an invaluable tool for the installation, maintenance, and fine-tuning of any hifi audio system. Arranging a new system is a painstaking and exacting task for even the most seasoned audiophiles.… Read the full article

Fedor Rudin: Paganini Caprice in A minor, Op. 1, No. 5

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

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me as of fall 2016

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

TRPTK Music Label

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

Record labels usually focuses on promoting the music itself, forgetting that it is closely related to sound. Every now and then, companies are created that try to do something about it. One of the newest is the Dutch company TRPTK, which is the following text is about.

Let’s be honest: there are many record labels and new ones are coming almost every day. This of course involves an incredible egalitarianisation of recordings—today you can arrange a home recording studio for just a few thousand dollars.… Read the full article

Marita Sølberg: Opera Arias

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

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me as of fall 2016

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

Judy Collins ‘In My Life’ SACD Review

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: |

Can you buy an SACD for a single track?

The Best SACD Track ever?

With rising prices for everything from used LPs to new SACDs and downloads, can you really justify buying an album just for a single track? I guess all audiophiles have bought many discs to get their favorite track, just to find out the audio quality made the purchase a complete loss. I was thinking about my overall batting average for album purchases. Perhaps 1 of 4 is in rotation.

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Nordost Playlist – February 2019

By | February 5th, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: , |


Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers who travel around the world educating and demonstrating the effects of Nordost’s products. As part of these demonstrations, it is our job to find an interesting and diverse selection of music to showcase our cables, power devices, sort system and accessories. Whether at shows, visiting our dealers and distributors or even in our own listening room in our headquarters in Holliston, we are constantly getting asked what music we are playing (or if our audience is not so bold to ask, we can see their Shazams working overtime).Read the full article

Box Sets – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

My relationship with box sets? Well, you might say its complicated. I recently reached the 100 mark with box sets in my collection, a bit of a milestone for me. This seemed like a great time to share some of my observations about collecting them, potential issues, the hurdles I’ve encountered and the solutions I’ve found getting over them. Despite my feeling that box sets come with certain challenges I have no intention whatsoever to stop collecting them. At their best box sets can provide deep insight and context unavailable with individual titles.Read the full article

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Monthly Spins: January 2019

By | January 28th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Another year dissolves and we find ourselves delving deep into late November and December releases, as well as a few I just discovered. New Year’s resolutions include possibly finishing the book I’m writing, and joining a gym and cutting out the sweets. What always astounds me at the beginning of the year is knowing that I will no doubt discover 20 or 30 albums that will move, inspire and shape my year to come, because generally I can put something on that I wore out ten years ago and still feel a tremulous vestige of how I felt during that time period.… Read the full article

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Singing Lightfoot in Lincolnshire

By | January 27th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

After a holiday season of good cheer, John Marks returns to the pages of PF with a new reflection on the music of Gordon Lightfoot, one of blessed memory for him, as well as for me. John maintains a worthy blog site at The Tannhauser Gate, always worth regular visits for those who value fine reflections and erudite commentary.

Count me as one.

Dr. David W. Robinson, Ye Olde Editor

To quote Oscar Wilde: I can resist everything except temptation.… Read the full article

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