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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

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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The Fiio FH-5 In-Ear Monitors, with the LC-4.4C Balanced Cable

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Primary System: Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Edition (stereo pair), Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Bookshelf (single speaker for center channel and mono playback), REL T1 powered subwoofer, Definitive Technologies Powerfield 1500 subwoofer.

Secondary System: Magneplanar MMGs modded with custom-built stands and Peter Gunn’s (of Audio Asylum notoriety) custom outboard crossover mods (the crossovers cost more to build than the speakers cost second hand!), Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine A5+ Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker.… Read the full article

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The Fiio Q5 Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC – Now With the New AM3B Amplifier Module

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Fiio Q5

As Fiio continues their push into higher-performance personal portables (and into the US market!), they’re releasing some technologically remarkable products that perform at a shockingly high level. And at price points that tend to be well below the cost of completing brands like AK, HiFiMan, and Sony. I’m continually impressed by the performance of the Fiio products I’ve had the pleasure to review over the last couple of years; they truly push the envelope for exceptional sound quality with cutting-edge features and at a price point that anyone can afford.… Read the full article

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Ultimate Ears Pro 18+ Custom IEMs – 3rd Edition

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

With their headquarters based in sunny-side California, Ultimate Ears was initially founded in 1995 by Jerry and Mindy Harvey. The former of which has played such an influential role in the design of headphones that within just a few years of UE’s induction, The Rolling Stones, Enrique Iglesias, and Faith Hill were loyal customers. A decade later, the company was acquired by Swiss electronic giant Logitech. Though an initially controversial move, the vice president of headphones, Phillipe Depallens, claimed that even with Jerry Harvey’s departure they have still managed to produce some of the best in-ear monitors the market has ever seen.… Read the full article

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Acoustic Research M200 High Res Audio Player

By | June 15th, 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, Mytek Manhattan II, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

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