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Q & A with Aaron Diehl

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Aaron Diehl’s 2013 CD The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, his début on Mack Avenue Records, fell like a thunderclap upon the jazz landscape, reaching No. 1 on the JazzWeek Jazz Chart.

Aaron Diehl

Something about the advance publicity must have caught my eye or ear, because I asked for a pre-release press copy of the CD. Upon playing it, I was so gobsmacked that I asked my friend and colleague Steve Martorella to come over to listen to it. Steve was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein’s, and his principal piano teacher was Murray Perahia, so I think that it is fair to say that Steve probably knows a little about piano playing.… Read the full article

The exaSound PlayPoint DM – Designer's Notes

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

George Klissarov and David W. Robinson

exaSound PlayPoint DM

George Klissarov, AXPONA 2017

exaSound’s new flagship device, the PlayPoint DM Dual-Mono D/A Converter and Network Audio Server, is the high point of my life-long obsession with audio and eight years of research, design, and the making of DACs and streamers. We entered the audiophile market with the introduction of the world’s first multi-channel DXD DAC, followed by the world’s first DSD256 DAC. Our devices didn’t follow the established design patterns; we did what we believed will bring the best sound fidelity and transparency.… Read the full article

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The Schröder LT Tonearm Story

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Steve Dobbins of Xact Audio and Dr. David W. Robinson

I asked Steve Dobbins to give the background story of the design of the remarkable Schröder LT tonearm for his The Beat reference turntable, which I have reviewed elsewhere in this issue. He sent along the following comments for your benefit.

Dr. David W. Robinson, Ye Olde Editor

I’ve been fortunate to know Frank Schröder since the early 2000s. We were both part of a group of music fans that got together once a year in Miami to compare new and prototype audio gear. … Read the full article

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How I Got Into Turntables – and Turntables Got Into Me!

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Dr. David W. Robinson and Steve Dobbins

This sidebar article is by Steve Dobbins of Xact Audio, the designer of The Beat turntable that I’ve reviewed else in this issue. I asked Steve to provide the tale of how he ended up doing what he does in the wild world of turntables. He has generously sent along this brief summary of that path.

Dr. David W. Robinson, Ye Olde Editor

Turntables

I had my very own record player when I was six years old.… Read the full article

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From Clark Johnsen's Diary – America's Greatest Living Composer, George Walker, 96, R.I.P.

By | September 4th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The late George Walker was old school, a kindly gentleman with Southern-style manners and an immense musical talent that took many forms, most notably as composer and pianist. I was once honored to hear him perform a Beethoven sonata movement in his home on his own concert grand. It was grand!

How I came to know Mr. Walker is disclosed in the last paragraph of his Boston Globe obituary (see below): According to his son, “He was also an uncompromising audiophile with a living room full of futuristic stereo paraphernalia.” George had been introduced to me through a mutual friend in New Jersey and I became one of his audio advisers, although I’m not sure how many others he had, if any.… Read the full article

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A Day with Joe Cohen of The Lotus Group

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

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