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ISSUE 75 september/october 2014





Our Readers Respond… and We Respond Right Back!



Hi-Fi is All a Scam - Roger Skoff Finally Admits All
by Roger Skoff

When Moving Requires That You Scale Down, At Least Temporarily: A Personal Story
by Andy Schaub

From Clark Johnsen's Diaries: The Polarity Problem Redux, Then Redux Again

Impressions: The AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced Headphone Amplifier
by David W. Robinson



The Neoteric Listener and the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver
by Dean Seislove

Super HiRez Brings Live Blues to DSD and Signs Warner Music Deal
by Brian Moura

PFO Will Host Another DSD Seminar at RMAF 2014
by David W. Robinson

The Neoteric Listener and The Fritz Hemp 6 Loudspeakers
by Dean Seislove

exaSound Brings Quad DSD to Mac, Support for Linux and Windows Server Enhancements
by Brian Moura

Townshend Seismic Isolation Pods
by Robert H. Levi

A High Resolution Music Download Site You May Not Know
by Brian Moura

Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary Special Limited Edition Box Set
by Michael Wechsberg

High Fidelity: Why the Grimm LS1 is the World's Best Complete Audio System
by Timothy Roth

Musings on Building a Digital Music Server: Revisiting the Rega DAC
by Andy Schaub

Frankie Rat and The Art Pro Audio USB Phono Plus, Project Series Audiophile Computer Interface
by Francisco Duran




Read a portrait of MYTEK DIGITAL in Warsaw (in German)

A review of the KRON's integrated tube amplifier (in German)

A review of AQUA ACOUSTICS QUALITY's cd-transport and DAC La Scala MK II and La Diva (in German)

A review of the KORG's DAC DS-DAC 100 and the Audiogate DSD-upsampling-software Audiogate (in German)

A review of the van den Hul's cartridge The Crimson (in German)

A review of THOMAS MAYER's tube amps 10Y (in German)

A review of the EINSTEIN's MC-cartridge The Pickup (in German)

Listen to it's sound via three free downloads in our sound library

And enjoy a free download of a song in highres and DSD played by THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS, a steaming British funk band (music international, text in German)



Krakow Sonic Society Meeting No. 94 - Dirk Sommer & Birgit Hammer-Sommer | Sommelier Du Son Gerhard Hirt | Ayon Audio
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Tenor Audio - The Line1 Linestage Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

GoldenEar Triton Seven Loudspeakers
text by Wojciech Pacuła GoldenEar, images by Wojciech Pacuła GoldenEar, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Ultrasone EDITION 5 Headphones
text by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec, images by Wojciech Pacuła | Ultrasone

Phasemation HD-7A192 D/A Converter
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec



Can Your IEMs Save Lives? This One Did!

McIntosh Brings the Bizness! The Statement MHA100 Headphone Amp/DAC

V-MODA XS Goodbye M-80. Hello XS


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Ypsilon Aelius Amplifiers
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Rite Audio Cables HC Sound Pipe Power Cords - Even Cheapskates Deserve Good Sound
as reviewed by Tom Gibbs

Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player
as reviewed by Robert H. Levi

Synergistic Research Reference RED Fuses - Red is the New Black!
as reviewed by Robert S. Youman

Skogrand SC Beethoven Speaker Cables - Pure as Snow
as reviewed by Myles B. Astor




Blue Circle FX2 6 XOe Power Line Conditioner
as reviewed by Paul Candy

Jasmine Audio Tiger Moving Coil Phono Cartridge
as reviewed by Gary Lea

Audience AV Au24 SE Phono Cables - Are All Phono Cables Created Equal?
as reviewed by Myles B. Astor

DanaCable Diamond Interconnects
as reviewed by John Zurek

Axis VoiceBoxS Loudspeaker
as reviewed by Andre Marc

Synergistic Research PowerCell 10 UEF and FEQ - PowerCell Equalizer
as reviewed by Robert S. Youman

Einstein The Pickup Cartridge
as reviewed by Danny Kaey

SMcAudio "Colossal" Nexus AC Power Conditioner
as reviewed by Jim Merod

CEC TL3N CD Transport and Some Thoughts on Computer Audio
as reviewed by Paul Candy

Göbel Lacorde Statement XLR and Loudspeaker Cables
as reviewed by Dirk Sommer

Vanatoo Transparent One Active Loudspeakers
as reviewed by John Acton

DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/93 Loudspeakers
as reviewed by Ken Micallef




David Robinson and David Elias on DSD... Interviewed by Steve Rochlin  - Video!



Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Live
by Annie Merkley

2014 Capital Audiofest
by Scott Dorsey

Monterey Jazz @ 57 - Herbie Hancock: Lifting Our Spirits Once More
by Jim Merod, images by Michael Oletta

Live from New York -The 2014 New York Audio Show Day 1
by Myles B. Astor

Live From New York - The 2014 New York Audio Show  Day 2
by Myles B. Astor

Live from New York -The 2014 New York Audio Show: Day 3
by Myles B. Astor

New York Audio Show 2014
by Ken Micallef

RMAF 2014 - Day 1
by Myles B. Astor

RMAF 2014 - Day 2
by Myles B. Astor

RMAF 2014 - Day 3
by Myles B. Astor

The Three Musketeers See the RMAF 2014
by Lynn Olson

THE Show Newport 2015


Notes of an Amateur: Ibragimova's Prokofiev; Lera Auerbach... and friends.
by Bob Neill

Classical Releases
by Karl Lozier

Fhloston Paradigm, The Phoenix
by Michael Mercer

Nothing but the Music - Emerson, Lake & Palmer, 7 Inch Platinum SHM-CD
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Notes of an Amateur: Beethoven Cello Sonatas; Norrington's Stravinsky; and Penderecki Chamber Music.
by Bob Neill

Vinyl in the Round: ECM Re:Solutions
by Ken Micallef

Impressions:  Howard Hanson:  An American Romantic in Quad DSD (DSD256)
by David W. Robinson

Sonic Satori – Thom Yorke Brings it on Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
by Michael Mercer

Notes of an Amateur: Harbison, Couperin, Jonathan Harvey, and Cindy McTee.
by Bob Neill

Darren Chase Sings Schumann Lieder
by Stephen Francis Vasta




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