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Linear Tube Audio Z10e (a Follow-up)
In Gramophone Dreams No.36,1 I wrote a rave report describing how well Linear Tube Audio’s Z10e 12W power amplifier/preamplifier/headphone amplifier drove my highsensitivity Zu Audio Soul Supreme and DeVore Fidelity O/93 floorstanding speakers. I was
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Why is there so much separation between the professional audio and audiophile worlds? Is that separation by design, or even necessity? Is it naïve to believe that more crossover could benefit both sides? On the surface, audiophiles and recording engi
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In an ordinary year, the name of this annual feature, published every February since 1991, is a harmless, even amusing joke. In last year’s opening essay, I evoked a heavily armed intruder perusing your record collection late at night and holding you
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Manufacturers’ Comments
Musical Surroundings commends Michael Fremer for revisiting DS Audio optical phono cartridges and sharing his very positive experiences. We applaud his open-minded approach to new analog playback technologies. If you are in the market for a new $1200
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Moonriver 404 Reference
Joy. It’s all about the joy. Joy manifests during those moments when the critical mind suspends, the lens clears, and only union between you and your experience exists. When joy arises, time stands still, all sense of separation vanishes, and only wo
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My Back Pages
It says something about the power of music that some individuals fading into dementia can still recognize the music they knew earlier in their lives. Not to denigrate new music, or music one hasn’t heard before, but our mental jukeboxes award top cha
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When I received the sample of the Moonriver 404 Reference that Jason Victor Serinus had auditioned, serial number DK201002153RE, it rattled when I unpacked it. I removed the top cover and saw that the amplifier had incurred damage during its transcon
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Okto Research dac8 Stereo
For his review of the Pink Faun 2.16x music server in the December 2020 issue, Kal Rubinson needed to use a Linux-compatible multichannel D/A processor. A little Googling uncovered the 8-channel dac8 PRO from Okto Research in the Czech Republic, so K
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I measured the Okto dac8 Stereo with my Audio Precision SYS2722 system (see the January 2008 “As We See It”1). Apple’s USB Prober utility identified the Okto as “dac8STEREO” from “OKTO RESEARCH” with the serial number string “000000.” The USB port op
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Okto Dac8 Pro Measurements
Kal Rubinson loaned me his 8-channel Okto dac8 PRO so I could compare its measured performance with that of the dac8 Stereo. From the front, the PRO looks identical to the Stereo. On the back, there are four AES/EBU inputs and one USB Type B port. Ap
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Zesto Audio Leto Ultra II
What sort of audiophile are you? I think of myself as a critical listener, perhaps a purist, definitely an enthusiast, of music and audio, who enjoys both the journey and the nuts and bolts. I like my hi-fi direct, simple, and personal. Also, I guess
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The Zesto Leto Ultra II looks identical to the original Leto preamplifier that the late Robert J. Reina reviewed in April 2014,1 although its two 12AX7 tubes have been replaced by 12DW7s. (The Ultra II also has two 12AU7 tubes.) The manual warns agai
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Benchmark HPA4
I am certain the quality of life I live is determined by two factors: who and what I give my attentions to, and my ability to observe all that I encounter with an open mind. This approach to living has served me well—especially during this review of
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As We See It
In my As We See It column in the January Stereophile, I wrote about stories we tell ourselves to make our lives and music better—personal stories like the one about my relationship to my Thorens TD-124 turntable, or about hanging out with your dad (o
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I measured the Benchmark HPA4’s performance with my Audio Precision SYS2722 system (see the January 2008 “As We See It”1), repeating some tests with the magazine’s sample of Audio Precision’s current top-line APx555. As a line preamplifier, the HPA4
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Volumio Primo
Is this all there is to it? I had done some superficial investigations of Volumio online, after the Primo was suggested to me for review. I had learned that the Volumio player software is available for several hardware platforms including Windows, Ma
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Years ago, I canceled my subscription because of the general East Coast urbanhipster vibe and other claptrap that seeps into equipment reviews. Then, today, I read this in Robert Schryer’s review of the Grandinote Shinai: “The Shinai mostly degassed
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I measured the Volumio Primo with my Audio Precision SYS2722 system (see the January 2008 “As We See It”1). I used test-tone WAV and AIFF files on a USB stick inserted into one of the four USB Type A ports on the Primo’s rear. I selected the appropri
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Industry Update
Julie Mullins It’s no secret that the pandemic has forced an unprecedented number of audio show cancellations and postponements, in 2020 and into this year. Now, High End Munich, which was canceled in 2020 and was slated for May 13–16, 2021, has been
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Book Review
Women in Independent Music UK 1977–1987 Various artists. Various producers. Cherry Red Records. CRCDBOX99. 4CD set and booklet The title of this set—4 CDs and a book—comes from British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst’s call to arms for women to fight
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Analog Corner
I feel compelled to repeat here an eerie occurrence I related a while back on AnalogPlanet. I reviewed, in the February 1999, Analog Corner column, the Cartridge Man’s Digital Stylus Force Gauge,1 which back then sold for $299. I still have it, but a
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The Story of the Grateful Dead, a 14-LP, 8-album collection of Grateful Dead recordings with booklet and deluxe packaging, from Vinyl Me, Please (VMP-A006, 2020), is intended as a curated sampling of the high points in the Dead’s extensive catalog. T
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Gramophone Dreams
What I categorize as mainstream, dealer-based, fancy-pants streamers and big-speakers audio is actually only the gold-plated tip of a gigantic asteroid-like monolith that extends (underground) from New York to Hong Kong, from the Arctic Circle to Ant
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Record Reviews
EDITOR’S PICK NEWVELLE RECORDS SEASON FIVE Pablo Ablanedo, Dave Douglas, Sullivan Fortner, Elan Mehler, OWL Trio, Rufus Reid, Carmen Staaf, Patrick Zimmierli Newvelle Records NV025–30 (6 LP) 2020. Reviewed from 16/44 AIFF files. Elan Mehler, prod.; M
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On The Interwebs
Of late, Stereophile has written a lot about vibration-isolating footers under loudspeakers. I have been listening to the Magico M-Pods (under the Magico M2 loudspeaker, which won our Loudspeaker of the Year Award for 2020, and which I’ll review, in
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I performed a full suite of measurements on one of the PS Audio Stellar M1200s (serial no. 12-A1-0G0033), using my Audio Precision SYS2722 system (see the January 2008 “As We See It”1). Because the Stellar M1200 features a class-D output stage, all t
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Sir John Tavener
Steven Isserlis, cello; Matthew Rose, bass; Abi Sampa, vocals; Trinity Boys Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra, Omer Meir Wellber, cond. Hyperíon CDA68246 (CD, auditioned in 24/96 WAV). 2020. Mark Brown, prod.; Simon Eadon, eng. This recording is profound
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UK: Swavesy, Cambridgeshire
John Giolas, former head of marketing at Utah-based loudspeaker manufacturer Wilson Audio, has been appointed vice president of marketing at UK-based digital audio pioneer Digital Conversion Systems (dCS). Operating out of the US in close partnership
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Is Class-d Digital?
When I first read Mikey’s introduction to this review, I was struck by his matter-of-fact statement that class-D isn’t digital. Really? Are you sure? Yes, I know the D in class- D doesn’t stand for digital, but that doesn’t mean the technology isn’t
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