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ISSUE 71 january/february 2014

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REVERBERATIONS

Our Readers Respond… and We Respond Right Back!

 

ACCOLADES AND DISTINCTIONS

The 10th Annual Positive Feedback Writers' Choice Awards for 2013 - The Best of the Best!

Brutus Awards for 2013
by Dave Clark

Impressions: Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2013
by David W. Robinson

 

AUDIO DISCOURSE

 

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Schiit Audio Gungnir DAC USB Upgrade
by Al Chieng

A Visit to GTT Audio - Winter, 2013
by Marshall Nack

Audio Ramblings - 2013 End of the Year Round-Up... Products From: WyWires, Purist Audio, Light Harmonic, Audio Magic, Audioquest, Atomic Audio Labs, Pi Audio, and Skogrand!
by Dave Clark

The Mhdt Lab Stockholm V2 USB DAC
by Jeff Day

Musings on Building a Digital Music Server: When Lo-Res is High-Res and How to Best Down Sample Your Music
by Andy Schaub

A High End Death Spiral?
by Roger Skoff

Audio Ramblings - Gauder Akustik Berlina RC7 Loudspeakers
by Dave Clark

and Steve says – A modern preamp or traditional line stage, two options for the budget minded enthusiast: the Wyred4Sound mPRE and Belles Soloist 3
by Steve Lefkowicz

ESS
by Victor Chavira

An Audio Feast: Magnepan, Pass Labs, Oppo Digital, and Cardas!
by Scott Robertson

Impressions:  Notes on the Minus K Technology 100BM-8
by David W. Robinson

More Musings on Building a Digital Music Server: the KingRex UPower, uArt Y USB Cable, and UD384 High-Resolution DAC
by Andy Schaub

The Neoteric Listener... the ADL H118 Headphone and ADL X-1 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier
by Dean Seislove

Robinson's Updated DSD Download Site List: February, 2014
by David W. Robinson

Tony Weber of MIT Passes Away

 

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT HIFISTATEMENT.NET

Review of the Pluto Audio 12A Carbon Cobra turntable, the 6A Greece tonearm and the van den Hul Colibri Platinum cartridge (read it in English)

Review of the Lyra Atlas cartridge (read it in German)

Free Download of three songs played by the Lyra Atlas

Review of the Cessaro Chopin horn loudspeakers (read it in German)

Review of the AMR ifi iDAC + iUSBPower (read it in German)

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT HIGH FIDELITY

Krakow Sonic Society - Meeting No. 90: Acrolink 7N-PC9500
by Wojciech Pacuła

LUMÏN - The Audiophile Network Music Player
by Wojciech Pacuła

Clones Audio - the 25i Integrated Amplifier
by Wojciech Pacuła

Straussman Story
by Wojciech Pacuła | Jürgen Straussman, photos by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Reimyo DAP-999EX Limited
by Wojciech Pacuła, photos by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Krakow Sonic Society - Meeting No. 91: John Zurek of Positive Feedback in Krakow
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

KBL Sound - Reference Power Distributor + Red Eye
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT AUDIO360.ORG

iBasso DX50 Digital Audio Player
by Frank Iacone & Arly Borg

Lehmann Audio Linear USB Headphone Amp/DAC
by Michael Liang & Michael Mercer

The Stunning McIntosh D100
by Michael Mercer & Michael Liang

Woo Audio's WA7 Fireflies - Le Menage a six (six reviewer perspectives, ALL respected Head-FIers)

Miniwatt N4 It Sounds as Beautiful as it Looks
by Brian Hunter & Kevin Venable

 

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READERS AS WRITERS

Meet the winner for Contest 2!

MOG, Bassnectar, and Hospitality
by Neill and Ben Grimes

 

HARDWARE REVIEWS

Duevel Enterprise Loudspeakers
as reviewed by Paul Candy

PSB M4U2 Headphones
as reviewed by Frank Iacone

Synergistic Research Element CTS Power Cords, Interconnects, and Loudspeaker Cables
as reviewed by Robert Youman

Trinity Preamplifier - Outstanding Fidelity
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Schiit Audio Valhalla headphone Amplifier
as reviewed by Steve Lefkowicz

MIT SL-Matrix50 Interconnects and SL-Matrix90 Speaker Cables
as reviewed by Robert Youman

 

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Synergistic Research Powercell 10SE MkIII
as reviewed by Robert Youman

Cello Encore Amplifiers - The Phoenix Arises from the Ashes
as reviewed by Myles B. Astor

Zesto Audio BIA 120 Class A Amplifier
as reviewed by Robert H. Levi

HB Cable Design PowerSlave Acrylic Distributor
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks - A Hard to Ignore Tweak
as reviewed by Malcolm J. Gomes

Accustic Arts Tube PreAmp ll Mk2 and Amp ll Mk 2 - Part 1
as reviewed by Gary Lea

Accustic Arts Tube PreAmp ll Mk2 and Amp ll Mk 2 - Part 2
as reviewed by Gary Lea

NewClear Audio NC1000L Amplifier
as reviewed by Adam Goldfine

TBI Audio Majestic Diamond II Loudspeakers
as reviewed by John Hoffman

CH Precision A1 Amplifier - The Bar is Moving
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Actinote Aria Cables
as reviewed by Paul Candy

DanaCable Diamond Speaker Cables
as reviewed by Michael Wechsberg

 

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INTERVIEWS

Robinson Interview with Chad Kassem: Acoustic Sound Super Hirez Download Site Going Live CARRIED OVER
by David Robinson

David Robinson and Chad Kassem Interviewed by Steve Rochlin  - Video!

 

EVENTS, CONCERTS, AND SHOWS

TAVES - November 2013
by Malcolm J. Gomes

Thunderfest and Music Festival
by Francisco Duran

CES 2014 - Part 1
by Pete Davey and Adam Goldfine

CES 2014 - Part 1
by Myles Astor

CES 2014 Part 2
by Pete Davey and Adam Goldfine

CES 2014 - Part 2
by Myles Astor

CES 2014 - Part 3
by Myles Astor

THE Show Vegas 2014
by Albert Porter

CES and T.H.E Show Las Vegas 2014 - Part 1
by Steve Lefkowicz

CES and T.H.E Show Las Vegas 2014 - Part 2
by Steve Lefkowicz

CES and T.H.E Show Las Vegas 2014 - Part 3
by Steve Lefkowicz

CES and T.H.E Show Las Vegas 2014 - Part 4
by Steve Lefkowicz

 

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MUSIC REVIEWS

APO DSD Downloads from Acoustic Sounds' Super HiRez Website
by Teresa Goodwin

Notes of an Amateur: Lutoslawski and Higdon.
by Bob Neill

Sally Ramirez & Doug Robinson are Crimson Latin Jazz
by A. Colin Flood

The Fixx, Beautiful Friction
by John Acton

Notes of an Amateur: Late Shostakovich, Early Britten.
by Bob Neill

Vinyl in the Round - Coltrane's Sun Sounds, Miles in Mono, and Dr. Dre's Big Beats.
by Ken Micallef

Glasser, Interiors
by Michael Mercer

Mike Wofford Solo, It's Personal
by Jim Merod

Sally Ramirez & Doug Robinson are "Crimson" Latin Jazz
by A. Colin Flood

Percussion in Hi-Fi
by Teresa Goodwin

Strauss, Shostakovich, and More
by Karl Lozier

2013 Favorite Baker’s Dozen
by Bob Neill

Orchestral Music of Arthur Honegger
by Stephen Francis Vasta

These New Puritans, Field of Reeds
by Nicholas G. Taylor

Notes of an Amateur: Handel. Short Takes on John Eliot Gardiner's New Book on Bach, DVD of Adès Tempest, Penderecki on Vinyl!
by Bob Neill

Surf Riot
by Annie Merkley

Current Releases of Musical CDs and SACDs
by Karl Lozier

Impressions: Music Notes
by David W. Robinson

Notes of an Amateur: Beethoven Trios, Music@Menlo 'Live' 2013, Gerald Barry.
by Bob Neill

Elinor Frey: La Voce Del Violoncello - Solo Works of the First Italian Cellist-Composers
by Tom Gibbs

The Future Is Here - Audio Still Rules
by Karl Lozier

 

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