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Fiio FH7 In-Ear Monitors

By | July 20th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Fiio are a Chinese audio firm who have been well-regarded within audiophile circles. With an enthusiasm to bring affordable offerings to the mass-market, their products have received critical acclaim, and they have many awards under their belts. Hence, their vision to improve the “Made in China” reputation has certainly come a long way, owing to their use of high quality materials alongside a refreshing and innovative approach. Their latest offering within the world of portable audio comes in the form of the Fiio FH7 in-ear monitors that stem directly from their new bang for buck F-series earphones.… Read the full article

Master & Dynamic MW65 Wireless Headphones

By | July 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

New York based audio company Master & Dynamic have always pushed the envelope in product design where styling and aesthetics are concerned. This, coupled with their striving for audiophile sound, has earned them acclaim from many a critic. It is not surprising then that their latest creation—the MW65 active noise-cancelling headphones—have been eagerly anticipated in the world of personal audio.

Featuring their most “sophisticated technology” yet, the MW65 headphones are also the company’s lightest over-ears set, integrating custom 40mm beryllium drivers.… Read the full article

Campfire Audio Solaris IEMs

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

Born out of curiosity and experimentation, the Campfire Audio brand have come a long way since the initial release of the well-received Jupiter, Orion, and Lyra earphones. With a keen passion for all things audio, Ken Ball has spent hours of time perfecting releases from rigorous performance testing to tuning iterations. It is thus not surprising that the boutique brand rests on a proud, yet humble collection of accolades and acclaim amongst the audiophile community.

The Solaris, their latest release, represents a culmination of Campfire’s experience in the world of portable audio and hi-fidelity sound.… Read the full article

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Master & Dynamic MW07 Wireless Earphones

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

New York based audio company Master & Dynamic are a vision of class, delivering beautiful and well-thought out products in their impressive line-up of headphones and IEMs. Although a newcomer to the world of audio, they have quickly learned the ropes through releasing precision-designed boutique headphones with a sound to match. Their website itself shows off their class and flair in creativity with a clear and ambitious goal; to marry sound with design.

And now in keeping with the recent trend for wireless consumables, Master & Dynamic have released the MW07 wireless earphones—a small but powerful addition to the growing company’s collection.… Read the full article

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1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Wilson-Benesch A.C.T. loudspeakers.

ELECTRONICS

Music Reference RM-4+ phono stage, Primare Pre30 line level preamplifier, Reference Line Preeminence One Series II passive preamplifier, Music Reference RM-200 amplifier, Dynaco ST-70 (with Welborne Labs mod) amplifier.

SOURCES

Digital: Vacuum State Level 6 modified Sony DVP-S9000ES DVD/CD/SACD Player

Analog: Music Hall MMF-7 turntable, Pro-ject 9 tonearm, Pro-Ject Speed Box Mk. II, Benz Micro ACE H cartridge, Magnum Dynalab FT-101A tuner.… Read the full article

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Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild featuring 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones

By | April 20th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Photo by Katarina Benzova

A few weeks ago I received an unassuming enough looking email from Cameron Black of the PR firm Noyd Communications, asking me if I would like to experience a unique VIP on-stage experience for the Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild concert at the MGM Park hotel’s Park Theater in Las Vegas. Wait what? Aerosmith? On-stage seats? I fuckin’ love Aerosmith!

In fact my love affair with Aerosmith goes back to my mid teens when I practically wore a hole in Live!Read the full article

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Impressions:  From an Editor’s Notebook – Merrill Audio Element 118, Pneupods, and Focal Sphear Earphones

By | April 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 03/18/2019

The current system (09-2018) with a pair of the beautiful and powerful Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblocks on the top shelf of the Critical Mass Systems QXK rack.

A close-up view of the EAT Massive Record Weight. Nice looking, and really helps to improve the sound of your LPs!

One version of our current stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers.Read the full article

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Grado Labs GR 10e In-Ear Monitors

By | March 28th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Marten Bird Loudspeakers, Marten Duke 2 Loudspeakers, and REL Stadium III subwoofer.

ELECTRONICS

E.A.R. 324 phono preamplifier, two E.A.R. 890 amplifiers (ran as monos), E.A.R. 534 stereo amplifier, E.A.R. 912 Professional preamplifier, E.A.R. 834L tube line stage, E.A.R. HP4 headphone amplifier, Grado Battery headphone amplifier, and KingRex headphone amplifier.

SOURCES

Analog: E.A.R. Disk Master Turntable with two Helius Omega Tonearms.

Cartridges: Koetsu Rosewood Signature, London Reference and Grado Statement1.… Read the full article

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Ultimate Ears Live In-Ear Monitor:  King of the Hill

By | January 28th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Marten Bird Loudspeakers, Marten Duke 2 Loudspeakers, and REL Stadium III subwoofer.

ELECTRONICS

E.A.R. 324 phono preamplifier, two E.A.R. 890 amplifiers (ran as monos), E.A.R. 534 stereo amplifier, E.A.R. 912 Professional preamplifier, E.A.R. 834L tube line stage, E.A.R. HP4 headphone amplifier, Grado Battery headphone amplifier, and KingRex headphone amplifier.

SOURCES

Analog: E.A.R. Disk Master Turntable with two Helius Omega Tonearms.

Cartridges: Koetsu Rosewood Signature, London Reference and Grado Statement1.… Read the full article

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Fiio Redefines Performance-to-Price With Three New Digital Audio Players

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m rapidly developing a reputation as a Fiio fanboy. The thing is, I put a fair amount of effort into cultivating a relationship with them at a point when they were just really cracking into the North American market. And now, suddenly, they’re responsible for a rapid-fire release of multiple product offerings that are not only functionally beautiful, but loaded with audiophile features, and priced very attractively: what’s not to love? I’m a fanboy of any manufacturer who offers great products with cutting-edge technology, especially when they’re presented at prices I (or just about anybody else) can easily embrace!Read the full article

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