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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

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

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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The New Apartment Lounge: It's an Analogue World Part 1 – The Sutherland Engineering 20/20 Phono Stage

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

When Less Offers More

In Issue 96 (this review has taken far too long, about which more in Part 2), I previewed several knockout products that had taken up temporary residence here at the Lounge (HERE). One of the new arrivals, Ron Sutherland’s knockout 20/20 phono preamp, a unit that has been available to music lovers for some time, really tickled my fancy. Introduced to the listening public in 2011, the third year of the Obama Administration (man, that really seems like a long time ago), the 20/20 follows on the heels of its smaller, less-expensive sibling, the KC VIBE phono stage that I raved about in issue 94.… Read the full article

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Pass Labs XP-17 Phono Stage Preamplifier

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

Pass Labs XP-17 Phonostage Preamplifier

Quietly Musical

That was my initial thought when I listened to the Pass Labs XP-17 Phonostage for the first time. Yes, quiet and musical, is an apt description. But there must be more. After all, this is not some run-of-the-mill update. This is a new product in the Pass line. That does not happen all that often. 

In 2016, I had the distinct pleasure to review the XP-15 Phono Stage (HERE). In short, I loved it. It is a terrific phono preamp.… Read the full article

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Goodies from Goldnote – the Goldnote PH-10 Phono Stage

By | February 6th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Goldnote PH-10 Phono Stage

Goldnote of Italy are makers of bland black boxes for audio with a low functionality quotient. Not. I’ve had Goldnote’s PH-10 phono stage in for review, and wow it’s nice to look at. It’s a distinctly elegant design with a clear attention to detail, aesthetic, and functionality. My sample arrived in black, but is available in silver as well. The single knob on the lower right yields access to a wealth of functions. Push to activate the selection function, twist to cycle through the choices, and watch those choices manifest on a crisp, clear OLED screen that’s about three inches diagonal.… Read the full article

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