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My Ultimate Mono Experience: the Hana SL Cartridge and the ModWright PH 9.0 Phono Stage – Part 1

By | March 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Wayne Goins and Henri Musselwhite:  a portrait. Salina, KS, 2017. Photograph by David W. Robinson.

A coupla months ago, I had a new experience when Dan Wright loaned me his ModWright PH 150 tube preamp for several months. Published in PF Issue 100 (HERE), I wrote about using the “mono” button on the front panel to achieve the desired effect. I really liked what I heard from the PH 150, except that a few other components it was combined with were not quite exactly what I needed to achieve the ultimate mono experience.… Read the full article

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Hana SL Moving Coil Cartridge with the Musical Surroundings Phonomena II+ Phono Preamp with Linear Power Supply

By | March 5th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

I love the new world of digital file streaming; I love the convenience of accessing your entire music library at the touch of a few tablet buttons, and I love the fact that digital-to-analog conversion has reached a state of near perfection that early digital only hinted at. And with so many outstanding tools at our disposal, such as Roon, with its remarkable distillation of music player/file organizer and an unbelievable suite of bit-perfect digital signal processing at your disposal—what’s not to love?Read the full article

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Zesto Andros Allasso Step-Up Transformer – Quite Possibly The Last SUT You'll Ever Need!

By | March 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

“From my cold, dead hands!” - Charlton Heston, describing the only way anyone would be able  to take away his guns. I’ll state right up front that after a month in my reference system that’s exactly how I feel about the Zesto Andros Allasso step up transformer. In fact I was completely smitten with this little sonic marvel in a matter of hours, we bonded that quickly.

Historically step up transformers have come with only one fixed gain and loading setting.… Read the full article

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Paradox Pulse Audio Phono 70 Signature Phono Stage

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I came upon Paradox Pulse quite by accident while pursuing eBay looking at some used amplifiers. What first caught my attention, and the reason for my contacting them, was the rebodied and retipped Denon 103 R cartridges they were offering. Officially known as a the Paradox Pulse Guard3 R SMR. That will be the subject of a subsequent article to follow.

After lengthy discussion with Terence Robinson, owner, founder and chief engineer, I discovered that the rebodied and tweaked cartridges were only the tip of the iceberg of what Terrance and his company were about.… Read the full article

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Experiences with Gryphon Audio

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

Mythical Sound from the Winged Lion.

How many manufacturers offer fully designed turn-key systems? How many do it with the panache of Gryphon Audio of Denmark? The answer can fit on one hand if you were missing at least two fingers.

My first encounter with Danish designer Fleming Rasmussen’s Gryphon Audio came with the review of the Gryphon Encore stereo amplifier, and Prelude preamplifier in 2004. In what seems to be another lifetime, the Encore displaced my Jeff Rowland 302 stereo amp as I fell for the spell cast by the Gryphon center of the earth weight, and warm slightly dark tonal balance.… Read the full article

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The Boulder 508 Phono Stage – Like a Rolling Stone-Dig It

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Boulder electronics, out of Boulder, Colorado, has been diligently creating some of the finest audio components in the world since 1983. Founded by Jeff Nelson, Boulder’s vision has largely been aimed at the state of the art, and those with deep pockets. For instance, the 3050 monoblock amplifiers will rip $190,000 from your accountants bare white-knuckled fist. The new reference phono stage, the 2008, will snatch $50K off the top of your mountain of cash.

In recent years Boulder has allowed some of their vast know-how to trickle down, resulting in the their most accessible line, the 800 series.… Read the full article

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Rega Rebounds in Musical Surroundings: The Nova III Phono Stage

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

Hey Positive People!

The last time we spoke, I was in the midst of bouncing between two rigs set up in my basement—one using several on-loan items:  the Modwright PH150 with the surrounding components that completed it (PS150 power supply; VPI Prime Scout; LTA Ultralinear amplifier and Microzotl amp; Daedalus Audio Athena v.2 loudspeakers; and a complete set of WyWires cables/interconnects), and the other stereo setup was my own personal Rega rig, which includes the Planar 6 turntable with Neo Power Supply Unit; Rega Exacta 2 MM cartridge; Rega Brio integrated amplifier, Rega Apollo CD player; and Spendor D4 speakers (you can read all about it in the earlier January article HERE).… Read the full article

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The New Apartment Lounge: It's an Analogue World Part 2 – JE Audio's Delightful HP20 Phono Amplifier

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

Inauspicious Beginnings

This review has seen all manner of fits and starts.

It began, as do most such endeavors, nobly intended. There was, first and foremost, my heartfelt desire to learn more about a product line (JE Audio’s) that I had only recently discovered, but about which others here at Positive Feedback had written extensively. Second, I fully expected to complete this review in the standard four to five-month time frame, meaning from the day I received the product until the day my product assessment posted online.… Read the full article

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Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage and PSU-10 External Power Supply

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

Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage

If you’re an avid reader of Positive Feedback, you may be thinking—Déjà vu? Yes, this phono stage has been reviewed not once, but twice by different staff of the magazine (HERE and HERE). Timing wasn’t right for me to be the third (of the original reviews), but I had to see what this thing was all about. A few things intrigued me off the bat… the LCD display allowing one to configure all settings (loading, EQ curve, gain), and most important, the ability to have two inputs.… Read the full article

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World Premiere Review:  Andros Deluxe Vacuum Tube Phono Stage from Zesto Audio

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Andros Deluxe Vacuum Tube Phono Stage

With six Zesto creations under my reviewing belt, I believe I have a good idea what each do well, and how each ranks in the high-end audiophile pantheon. I rarely keep gear, but the Zesto Allasso became a welcome addition to my vinyl playback earlier this year. That said, I was bowled over by the Bia 120 Amplifier and stunned by the Tessera (colossal) Phono Stage. That said, though I have overused the term “World-Class” a bit, I cannot conjure up any more worthy gear to carry that moniker than the Andros Deluxe reviewed here.… Read the full article

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