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Positive Feedback ISSUE 66
march/april 2013




The 9th Annual Positive Feedback Online's Writers' Choice Awards for 2012 - The Best of the Best!

Impressions: My Brutus Awards for 2012, Part 1
by David W. Robinson

Brutus Awards for 2012
by Dave Clark

Impressions: My Brutus Awards for 2012, Part 2
by David W. Robinson



Our Readers Respond… and We Respond Right Back!



The (Un)Broken Audiophile - Part 2
by David McClain, Acudora, Inc.

The Audio Circular 3 - Singing Beautifully: The Bel Canto DAC 2.5 Control Center and uLink USB Converter
by Gary Beard

Sonic Satori - The VPI Traveler Reaches New Heights... Thanks to the Gingko Audio Cloud 9T
by Michael Mercer

Primyl Vinyl and The Collector's Illustrated Vinyl Bible
by Bruce Kinch

Mountains and Fog: the Sound of Digital Converters, Part Two
by Lynn Olson

From Clark Johnsen's Diaries: A Tale of Two Passings

Sonic Satori - What is the Future of the High End, Part IV ...Outside the Box
by Michael Mercer

How to Make PCM Sound Like DSD
by Lynn Olson

The ASR Emitter II Exclusive Version Blue Amplifier
by Jeff Day

Internal Investigations: Case #2
by Daniel Zimmerman

Profile of Harry Weisfeld, Founder and Owner of VPI Industries
by Merrill Wettasinghe

Musings on Building a Digital Music Server: The Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC
by Andy Schaub with special guest star Andre Marc

You Gotta LISTEN to It!
by Roger Skoff

Impressions: The Lamm L2 Preamplifier
by David W. Robinson

Computer Audio on the Cheap! (Part 2) - Getting Sidetracked, a Quick Look at JRiver Media Center, and Some Affordable DACs …
by Steve Lefkowicz

Tascam Announces DA-3000 High-Res Recorder
by Bruce Brown

From an Editor's Notebook: Another Update to the PFO Master List of DSD-Capable DACs, April, 2013
by David W. Robinson

Blue Coast Records announces a new DSD recording of Alex DeGrassi at Downloads NOW!


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A New Collaboration Between PF and of Germany
by Danny Kaey

Meet Dirk Sommer of of Germany

Music - A Free Download
by Dirk Sommer

Review of the Stereokonzept Modell 3.0 Speaker (read it in English)

Review of the Ayon S-5, a World Exclusive! (read it in German)

Review of the Eximus DP1 DAC and the Stello AI700 Integrated (read it in German)

Review of the M2Tech Joplin Including Two Downloads (read it in German)

Review of the Elac FS 407 Speaker (read it in German)

Review of the E.A.R. 192 DACute DAC (read it in German)

Review of the Pluto Audio 12A Carbon Cobra Turntable, the 6A Greece Tonearm and the van den Hul Colibri Platinum Cartridge



Positive Feedback Announces a Special Contest – For Our Readers Who Want to be Writers!
by David W. Robinson

Digital Calm
by Ken Redmond

Jolida JD9 Phono Preamp
by Todd D. Bromgard

My Quest for the Quality Music I Remember from the 70s
by Russell D. Francis

"The Tell Tale Etch" by Edgar Allen Poe
as modified by Howard Rothstein

The Iron Theory – Stereo System Inductive Devices and Impact on Listening Preference
by Jeff LaFortune

Anything Else is Just 'Marketspeak'
by Fred Petersen

Chuck and Diane Lee

MOG, Bassnectar, and Hospitality
by Neill and Ben Grimes

Learning To Listen
by Alσn Sagee

Transparent Audio REF XL Cables and Power Products
by Peter Ayer


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GigaWatt PC-3 EVO AC Power Conditioner
as reviewed by Paul Candy

Sonus Veritus Genoa Preamplifier
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Lepai Modded Class T Amplifier
by Francisco Duran

Zu Audio Definition MK IV Loudspeakers
as reviewed by Danny Kaey

Doshi Audio Phono Stage - The New Kid on the Block
as reviewed by Myles B. Astor




Stein Music Aventurin 6 Phono Cartridge
as reviewed by Robert H. Levi

Sutherland Engineering Insight Phono Stage
as reviewed by Peter Davey

Zu Audio Omen "Dirty Weekend" Edition Loudspeakers
as reviewed by Tom Gibbs

Luxman M-800A Amplifiers and C-800F Control Amplifier
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaner - Top of the Mount
as reviewed by Myles B. Astor

Mytek Stereo 192-DSD DAC - The Establishment of a New Standard
as reviewed by Malcolm J. Gomes

NAD M2 Direct Digital Amplifier - Truly Remarkable
as reviewed by Jim Merod


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Dan Schmalle - On his life in audio, Bottlehead, The Tape Project, and a buncha other stuff!
by David Robinson



David J. Schulte Interview
by Chip Stern



International CES and T.H.E. Show 2013
by Steve Lefkowicz

International CES and T.H.E. Show 2013 – Part 2
by Steve Lefkowicz

AXPONA 2013 – AKA: I Hate O'Hare Airport
by Jonathan Tinn and photographs by Gary Radca

2013 Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) - Chicago
by Robert S. Youman

CES 46/T.H.E. Show 15: One Veteran's Narrative
by Greg Weaver

The Audio Circular: Number Four in a Series of Parallel Narratives - AXPONA!
by Gary L. Beard

AXPONA 2013 - Chicago: My Drive-By Report…
Report and Images by Greg Weaver

2013 New York Audio Show... Day One
by Ken Micallef

2013 New York Audio Show... Day Two
by Ken Micallef

2013 New York Audio Show... Day Three
by Ken Micallef

New York Audio Show 2013
by Marshall Nack

New York City Audio Show - 2013
by Bruce Kinch


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DJ Shadow, Reconstructed – The Best of DJ Shadow
by Michael Mercer

Nosaj Thing, Home
by Michael Mercer

AudioQuest: Old is New Again, Some of the Best Early SACDs are Back in Print
by Teresa Goodwin

Reviews of New Releases from Chandos, Linn, BCCD, Telarc and 3 from PentaTone
by Karl Lozier

Rodrigo: Complete Orchestral Works - 2
by Stephen Francis Vasta

Depeche Mode, Delta Machine
by Michael Mercer

The Future is Here - Audio Still Rules
by Karl Lozier

Notes of an Amateur: Lera Auerbach, Stravinsky, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, David Matthews, and Jennifer Higdon.
by Bob Neill

Elgar and Vaughan Williams: Reference Recordings RR-129, HDCD
by Robert H. Levi

Notes of an Amateur: Shostakovich's Quartets and Music for Cello.
by Bob Neill

Walkintotheclublike: Duck. Little Brother, Duck!
by David Williamson

Bonobo, The North Borders
by Michael Mercer

Locust, You'll Be Safe Forever
by Michael Mercer




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