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The Spectron 1KW Digital Amplifier – A Pure Class D Killer!

By | July 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This article, as reviewed by Mike Pappas, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print. Volume 6, Issue 4.

A Pure Class D Project

How did I get into this? Well, our fearless editor David Robinson called me about eight weeks ago and told me one of the most fantastic tales I have ever heard…

It seems he had gotten a call from one of the co-founders of Infinity, a John Ulrick, who was now the owner of a company called Spectron.… Read the full article

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ATC SCM50asl Loudspeakers and the SCA-2 Preamplifier

By | May 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This article, as reviewed by Francisco Madrid, Victor Chavira, and Larry Cox, originally ran when audioMusings was in print. Issue 13, 2001

ATC SCM50asl Loudspeakers

This is going to be the easiest review I’ve ever written. Simply stated, the ATC system is the best sound I’ve experienced in my home. (But then, this is the first time I’ve had $15,000 dollars worth of audio in my living room.) The system consists of a preamp, balanced cables, three-way powered speakers, and dedicated stands. The most impressive part of the system is the speakers.… Read the full article

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Audio Aero Prima CD Player

By | March 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This article, as reviewed by Carol Clark, Victor Chavira, and Larry Cox, originally ran when audioMusings was in print. Issue 11, 2000

Audio Aero Prima CD Player

I awaited the arrival of the Audio Aero Prima CD player with great anticipation. Like my five-year-old Audio Electronics CD1, the Prima is a highly modified Phillips unit with a variable tube output stage. However, that is where the similarities end. Whereas my CD1 looks and feels like a tweaky prototype, the Prima is a refined and polished product.… Read the full article

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California Audio Labs CL-15 CD Player

By | January 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This article, as reviewed by Sherman Hong, Victor Chavira, Francisco Duran, and Larry Cox, originally ran when audioMusings was in print. Issue 2, 1998

California Audio Labs CL-15 CD player

I awaited the California Audio Labs CL-15 player-processor with great anticipation. Eons ago, I was so enthralled with the CAL Genesis CD player that I almost bought it, but my lust was more powerful than my check book. Therefore, I looked forward to putting the newest CAL through its paces. The CL-15 uses dual 20 bit co-linear PCM 1702 chips, with 8x oversampling and the ubiquitous Pacific Microsonic HDCD filter chip.… Read the full article

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From Clark Johnsen’s Diary: Tone, Tweaks, & Digitalia: Paradigms Lost…

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

This article, by Clark Johnsen, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print – Volume 8, Issue 2, 1999

I. In The Beginning Was The Tone

The amiable, estimable John Marks (or is that, inestimable?), before appearing on the cover of our previous issue, addressed in TAS #115 the vital topic of how to engage (or is that, ensnare?) more people into the pursuit of high-end audio. Excellent subject! How shall we beget more like us? … an eternal question posed unconsciously, but reasonably, by every culture.… Read the full article

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Blue Circle BC3 Preamplifier

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

This article, by Carol Clark, Victor Chavira, and Larry Cox, originally ran when audioMusings was in print – Issue 3, 1998

Blue Circle BC3 preamplifier

I met Gilbert Yeung, president and founder of Blue Circle Audio, at the Hi Fi ’97 show in San Francisco. When I ran into him again at CES this year, he agreed to send us some products for review, and I couldn’t wait. I was impressed with Blue Circle for several reasons. Gilbert is a great guy, the product is incredibly beautiful to look at, and from what I heard at both shows, it sounded awesome.… Read the full article

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The Lowther Medallion II Loudspeakers 

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

This article, by Jeff Silverstein, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print – Vol. 8, No. 2, 1999.

I miss my Lowther Medallion II loudspeakers. A lot. I had them for a while in 1998 and got to hear some magical sound. Tony Glynn of the Lowther Club of America (he is the Lowther Club of America) is an extremely charming and well-informed gentleman with a great love of the history of audio and a single-minded devotion to this loudspeaker.… Read the full article

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McIntosh MC352 Amplifier

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

This article, by Victor Chavira, Larry Cox, and Dave Clark, originally ran when audioMUSINGS was in print – Issue 15, 2001

McIntosh Audio Labs MC352 Amplifier

McIntosh Audio Labs is a classic American company. Since 1949, McIntosh has remained true to its design aesthetic: bullet proof build, black glass, chrome, and big blue meters. The MC352 is their 350 watt stereo power amplifier. Several things set it  apart from the pack of solid-state muscle amps. First, the MC352 sports output transformers, like a tube amp. In tube amps, the trannies serve to lower the power tubes’ high impedances to speaker-driving levels.… Read the full article

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The Listening Experience as an Art Form: Meditations on Equipment from conrad-johnson and Audio Research Corporation

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

This article, by Dr. John Coletti, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print – Vol. 8, No. 1, 1999.

As a teaching exercise, the student of criticism might be assigned the task of comparing or contrasting the work of one author, artist, or composer to that of another. The object of the lesson encourages a deeper insight into the compared works which ultimately leads to a more profound understanding or appreciation by the individual student. In doing so, the student’s aesthetic boundaries are expanded as well as his taste which leads to preference.… Read the full article

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47 Labs Gaincard Amplifier

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

This article, by Steve Lefkowicz, Larry Cox, Francisco Duran originally ran when audioMUSINGS was in print – Issue 15, 2001.

47 Labs Gaincard Amplifier

I have a real problem with the pricing structure in “high end” audio. Though I tend to focus on affordable equipment, I have used, lived with, and evaluated many very expensive products over the years. I just rarely find any that seem worth the money. It seems to me that high-priced equipment costs as much as it does for one of three reasons:

  1. The manufacturer has put lots of time and effort into the design, and uses only the most expensive parts and custom tooling.
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