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LP Reviews – Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, Benny Goodman Orchestra, Mumford & Sons, The Band Stage Fright, Neil Young


Jazz | Music | Various | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman • Numbered, Limited Edition, 180 grams, 2 LPs • Mastered from the Original Master Tapes • Pressed at RTI Musicians: Jerry Garcia, guitar, vocals David Grisman, mandolin Jim Kerwin, bass Joe Craven, percussion, fiddle Selections: Side 1: 1. The Thrill Is Gone 2. Grateful Dawg 3. [...]

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The Beatnik Pet Peeves Part One: Continued


Beatnik's Journey

Jack Roberts

Yes, Lowther loudspeakers are vintage, but the only time I see reviews of them is when someone tries a new method of using the drivers. So, I’m going to include them and especially the Teresonic Ingenium XR Silvers in my Pet Peeve #1. The Teresonic Ingenium has been around for around 10 years and the [...]

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Bache Audio 001 Loudspeaker Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Laurence A. Borden ,

I am a fan of so-called “augmented wide bander” speakers, by which I mean speakers that use a wide band driver for the majority of the audible frequency range, supplemented below with a woofer, and (sometimes) above with a tweeter. Such speakers have the benefits of wide-band drivers (namely, their dynamics and coherence) but without [...]

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Vanatoo Powered Speakers Review


Powered Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts

When I walked into their room at the last RMAF I knew these speakers were something very special for anyone trying to put together an extremely affordable system. Vanatoo is a new company and their first product is the Transparent One that was five years in development. The name Vanatoo comes from the isle of [...]

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An Interview with Alan Langford of DEQX


Laurence A. Borden Interviews | The Columns

Laurence A. Borden

Laurence Borden: Alan, welcome to dagogo. Please begin by telling us about your background, including of course electronics and audio. Alan Langford: My interest in audio started when I was around 10 years old when some friends and I started removing parts from old televisions and radios and discarded equipment to make our own amplifiers [...]

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Audio Note (UK) AX -Two Loudspeaker Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Richard Austen , ,

The AX-Two loudspeakers are part of Audio Note (UK)’s entry level “ZERO” series of products.  The AX-One and AX-Two  are standmount speakers designed to be partnered with the I Zero and CDT Zero CD player as an entry level complete Audio Note system.  While there is something to be said for complete Audio Note systems, [...]

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Horace Silver Quintet – Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Elvis Presley – Stereo ’57 – Vinyl Reviews


Music | Various | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Horace Silver Quintet – Song For My Father Label: Music Matter(Blue Note) 180 HQ Vinyl (2LPs) 45 RPM Tracks: 1. Song for My Father 2. The Natives Are Restless Tonight 3. Calcutta Cutie 4. Que Pasa 5. The Kicker 6. Lonely Woman Musicians: Tracks: 1-2, 4-5: Carmell Jones, trumpet Joe Henderson, tenor sax Horace Silver, [...]

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The Beatnik Pet Peeves Part One:


Beatnik's Journey | The Columns

Jack Roberts

I don’t have many pet peeves, but one of them is the fact that we only think about recent or vintage stuff. A few examples, libraries are full of books; some of them written a few hundred years ago, but the only ones on the wait list to check out are brand new or a [...]

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High Fidelity Cables CT-1 Ultimate Reference Rhodium Plus Power Cord Review


Cables | Power Cables

Jack Roberts ,

Back in the fall of 2012, when my publisher asked if I would review Rick Schultz’s new CT-1 interconnects, my initial response was to say no. My memory went to some of Rick’s Virtual Dynamics cables I had owned in the past. They were some of the thickest, stiffest, and heaviest cables I had ever [...]

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Musical Fidelity M6 500i Integrated Amplifier Review


Amplification | Integrated Amplifiers | Solid State

Doug Schroeder ,

I love finding unexpected pathways to performance, that is, methods that have potential to outperform expectations. Some are so unexpected that few audiophiles would try them because of the foregone conclusions, “It won’t work,” or “It won’t matter.” If it doesn’t involve something potentially harmful to the system, I’ll likely try it. Some of my [...]

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DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/96 Loudspeaker Review: Part 3


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers
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The Merrill Replica ES-R1 Turntable Review


Analog Sources | Turn Tables

Ray Seda ,

For those of you of a certain age, Mr. George Merrill does not require much introduction. For all intents and purposes, his modest set of (then) high tech upgrades to the venerable Acoustic Research (AR) turntable in the 1970’s ushered in the era of modern belt drive turntable design. George’s extensive knowledge in sound reproduction [...]

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The Beatnik Ponders What We Can Expect From Our Audio Systems After An Evening Of Boppin’ With Cassandra Wilson At Yoshi’s


Beatnik's Journey | The Columns
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Channel D Pure Vinyl Music Server Software and Seta Phono Stage and Lynx Hilo DAC


DACs | Digital Sources | Music Servers | Phono

Laurence A. Borden

In my recent review of the Sanders Sound Model 10c speakers (interested readers may also want to read my interview with Roger Sanders ), I mentioned that the one perceived weakness was a mechanical quality to the sound that both I, and visitors to my listening room, attributed to the Behringer active cross-over that is included [...]

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Melody Valve P2688 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Review


Preamplifier

Ray Seda ,

I was first introduced to Melody Valve Hi FI products about four years ago. The US distributor, a very enthusiastic Hugh Nguyen at Angel City Audio, has always had excellent sounding rooms at the audio shows. Each time I expressed interest in reviewing the electronics, but the timing or circumstances of my schedule never allowed [...]

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Waxahatchee, Oscar Peterson Trio, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Vinyl Record Reviews


Jazz | Music | Various | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt Tracks: 1. “Hollow Bedroom” 2. “Dixie Cups and Jars” 3. “Lips and Limbs” 4 “Blue Pt. II” 5. “Brother Bryan” 6. “Coast to Coast” 7. “Tangled Envisioning” 8. “Misery Over Dispute” 9. “Lively” 10. “Waiting” 11. “Swan Dive” 12. “Peace and Quiet” 13. “You’re Damaged” If you’re not familiar with the [...]

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Stage III Kraken Power Cable Review Followup


Cables | Power Cables

Jack Roberts ,

In February Fred Crowder reviewed these very special power cables in conjunction with the HB Cable Design Marble PowerSlave Power Distributor. I reviewed and bought the HB Marble back in October of 2013 and feel it is far and away the best device to plug my stereo into I have ever heard. I used it [...]

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World Premiere Review

Triangle Art Zeus Moving Coil Cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Greg Petan ,

Investigating a new source component is always a gas while at the same time raising a few basic questions. How will it alter the system? Will it rob Peter to pay Paul sonically, leaving one in a break-even situation? Will it belly flop or will it elevate the system to new levels of engagement? When [...]

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Synergistic Research Tranquility Bases, Transporter Ultra and UEF Tuning Circuits Review


Audio Accessories | Power Conditioners | Racks & Stands

Jason Victor Serinus

Ted Denney, the chief designer and owner of Synergistic Research, may be one of the more polarizing figures in high-end audio. Having sat through any number of his demos, both at audio shows around the country and in my own home during meetings of the Bay Area Audiophile Society (BAAS), I am certain that Ted [...]

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DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/96 Loudspeaker Review: Part 2


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers
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WyWires Juice HC Power Cords Review


Cables | Power Cables

Jack Roberts ,

I know I have told this story before but there are some things that just stick in your memory. One of those for me was the first time someone suggested that I should pay for power cords. I mean how could the power cord make any difference in the sound of an audio system? My [...]

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Axpona 2014 Noteworthy Rooms for Doug Schroeder


AXPONA | Event Reports

Doug Schroeder

Legacy Audio A need to retrieve a USB stick with programming for the Legacy processor used with the Whisper, run via Mac Mini took me to Legacy Audio. The Whisper had a more refined and extended presentation than last shows. This was not surprising, given that the cable and cap upgrade which I collaborated on [...]

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Audience Au24 SE Interconnect, Phono, Speaker Cables Review


Cables | Interconnects | Phono Cables | Speaker Cables

Jack Roberts ,

If you have never had the privilege of doing business with the people at Audience let me begin by telling you that starting with John McDonald — the president of the company — you will never find nicer people to do business with. They produces a wide range of gear: loudspeakers, power conditioners, and a [...]

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DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/96 Loudspeaker Review: Part 1


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers
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Silent Source Interconnect, Power, Digital and Speaker Cables Review


Cables | Digital Cables | Interconnects | Power Cables | Speaker Cables

Doug Schroeder

As in nature, so also in audio; if the source is pristine, then there is a good chance everything downstream may be as well. One of the classic audiophile mistakes is to focus on the source, forgetting to focus on the source of the source, namely the power. There also seems to be a temptation [...]

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Importance of Setting Your System Up Right


Beatnik's Journey | The Columns

Jack Roberts

I recently reviewed the 225 pound each Linn Athenaum Speaker System, followed by Burwell & Sons’ take on the classic Altec A7s. After both of these were gone it was time to settle back down with my Teresonic Ingeniums with Lowther DX4 drivers with silver voice coils. The only problem was while they sounded good, [...]

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Lyn Stanley, Richard Thompson, The Civil Wars, and Anoushka Shankar Record Reviews


Music | Various | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Lyn Stanley – Lost In Romance Numbered, Limited Edition of Only 500 • 45rpm 180 Gram Double Vinyl • Mixed by Al Schmitt • Mastered by Bernie Grundman • Pressed at Pallas in GermanySelections: 1. Change Partners 2. Watch What Happens 3. Fever 4. That Old Black Magic 5. The Nearness Of You 6. You [...]

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Oppo BDP-105 Blu-Ray Player Review


Digital Sources | Disc Media Players

Toby Tingskog

Oppo’s latest Blu-Ray player, the BPD-105 has been in my home for the last 12 months. It has mainly seen duty as a video player and to stream Netflix movies and TV content. It’s a truly Universal player so I’ve also used it occasionally to play my collection of DVD-Audio discs and high-rez downloads from [...]

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A Visit to the Home of the Infamous Encinitas Jim


Commentaries | The Columns

Fred Crowder

Strange how a casual encounter can on occasion develop into a lasting friendship. Encinitas Jim contacted my editor several years ago to request my contact information. At that time, he owned Wilson Alexandria X-2 Series 2 speakers, Levinson electronics and Transparent cables. The Alexandria’s, after a time of optimization with Nordost Odin wires and the [...]

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Sony SS-NA5ES Bookshelf Speaker Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder ,

This review began with an introduction to Sony’s “Senior Acoustic Evangelist,” Motoyuki Sugiura, informally known as “Yuki”. The use of the term “evangelist,” on his business card is not typical parlance among audiophiles. Have you ever heard of an Acoustic Evangelist? The term, native to the New Testament, refers to the dissemination of the Good News, or [...]


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