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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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MSB Link DAC II

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

This article, by Dave Clark, Larry Cox, Francisco Duran, and Lauren Stephens originally ran when audioMUSINGS was in print – Issue 10, 2000.

MSB Link DAC II

The MSB Link DAC II 24/96 comes into our home at a very interesting time. As the audio world begins to move to a more refined digital format (24/96, DVD-A, and SACD, none of which are compatible with each other), we find ourselves looking at our vintage EAD 1000 II DAC with a sense of urgency. How much longer before we find that what has served us so well for many a year has been made obsolete?… Read the full article

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The Sun Rises in America – Reinventing Push/Pull: Some Dancing Advice from a 300B Maniac 

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

This article, by Harvey Rosenberg, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print – Vol. 7, No. 6, 1998.

During my short tenure as PF‘s Techno-Shaman of Coolosity I have suggested that you, while artifying your harmonic/space/time continuum in your expanded aural matrix, consider single-ended triode amplifiers with tube regulated power supplies, Nobu Shishido’s Inverted Interstage Transformer coupled SET amplifiers, David Berning’s ZOTL, and now the Sun Audio’s transformer phase splitter 300B transformer coupled push/pull amplifiers… all directly heated triode amplifiers, all unique high expressions of the outer edge of the thermionic arts.… Read the full article

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Burning Issues 1: Who Are We? A Response

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

This article, by Tom Davis, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print – Vol. 6, No. 3, 1997.

Finding the Right Kind of Provocation

Little did I know that when I closed last issue’s column with a promise to start responding to some of the speculations on High End aesthetics that have appeared in Positive Feedback, Harvey Rosenberg would be casting himself in that same issue as the catalyst for “a new form of dialogue within the Positive Feedback community.” Great, Harvey!… Read the full article

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