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The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports, The Two Best Vintage Sounding Rooms


CAS | Event Reports
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The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports The Best Room Combining Vintage and Modern Sound


CAS | Event Reports
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Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Turntable Eye Candy


Analog Sources | Cartridges | CAS | Event Reports | Tone Arms | Turn Tables
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The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports The Two Best Modern Sounding Rooms


Beatnik's Journey | CAS | Event Reports | The Columns
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The Beatnik’s 2014 California Audio Show Reports


Beatnik's Journey | CAS | Event Reports | The Columns

Jack Roberts

This year I want to cover the show a little differently. I’ll post some pictures and my usual turntable eye candy pictures. I’ll also give you an article about my six favorite rooms divided into the two best modern sounding rooms, the two best vintage sounding rooms, and the two best rooms that bridged the [...]

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Fritz Accuton 6 Two Way Compact Bookshelf Speaker Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts , ,

At the 2013 California Audio Show I had the pleasure of serving on a panel discussion where attendees were invited to ask audio writers question. On the panel was Jason Victor Serinus of Stereophile, Neil Gader The Absolute Sound, Michael Mercer of Positive Feedback, and myself. One of the questions we were asked was what [...]

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World Premiere Review

Melody Valve MN845 Monoblock Power Amplifier Review


Amplification | Tube

Ray Seda

Earlier this summer I first wrote about the wonderful Melody Valve P2688 vacuum tube line stage. As I had mentioned, accompanying the P2688 on the long journey to South Florida was a pair of Melody Valve MN845 vacuum tube Monoblock power amplifiers. These amplifiers are really something to behold. To my eyes, they are stunningly [...]

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TEAC PD-501 Digital Player Review


Digital Sources | Disc Media Players

Jack Roberts

System set-up and listening I used two systems for this review: my personal reference system which consists of David Slagle’s Silver Remote Autoformer, a Wavac EC-300B SET amplifier driving the Teresonic Ingenium XR speakers, with DX4 silver drivers. Cabling in the system was entirely from High Fidelity Cables. The second system was my digital/video system, [...]

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Music First Audio Baby Reference Preamplifier Review


Preamplifier

Doug Schroeder

“Simple means purer,” I have often thought as I have worked through a cornucopia of two channel devices that diminish the purity of the audiophile experience. This is not to mention the plethora of devices with ear buds with pretense to good sound. These may be repositories of information, but they certainly are not repositories [...]

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iFi-audio Micro Series – iDAC, iUSBPower Peripherals – iPurifier, Mercury USB cable, and Gemini USB cable Review: Part II


Cables | DACs | Digital Cables | Digital Sources | Power Cables
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2014 Capital Audio Fest Report


Capital Audio Fest | Event Reports

Laurence A. Borden

The 2014 Capital Audio Fest was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Silver Spring Maryland, July 25-27. The show had a friendly and congenial atmosphere, though attendance was lower than most of us would have liked. The exhibitors were spread out on numerous floors, with only six or seven rooms per floor. Had the show [...]

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iFi-audio Micro Series – iTube/Pre-amplifier Review: Part I


Preamplifier

Paul Mah

iFi-audio, aka AMR’s pint size little brother Abbingdon Music Research, or AMR as audio hipsters like to say while sipping their double mocha macchiato, is a British manufacturer of high quality (both sound and build) audio components. AMR, the company-okay, I’m an older hipster who loves drinking latte macchiato- started in 2001, and in 2006 [...]

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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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World Premiere Review

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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World Premiere Review

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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