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The 78 Experience - Feeling the Music: Marston Records, Naxos, and Nimbus Records 'Prima Voce' and 'Hermes' labels!


If you've been reading along, you know I've been having a lot of fun listening to 78 rpm record transfers to CDs from the acoustic (1860 to 1925) and electrical eras (1925 to 1945) of recording. Listening to 78 transfers will be a new musical experience for many of you, but one that I highly... Read More »


Jeff checking in ... Triode Lab, Audio Note (UK), First Watt, and Leben!


It's hard to believe we're already half way through 2021! Yikes! Where does the time go? The feature article for the Triode Lab 45 EVO single-ended-triode integrated amplifier went live today at Positive Feedback HERE. It's been really nice getting reacquainted with single-ended-triode amplifiers, and the Triode Lab 45 EVO is an absolutely terrific integrated... Read More »


The 'All-Music' Trend That Is Emerging In High-Fidelity Audio.


In my efforts to let you know about all things audio and music, I want to tell you about a trend that is emerging in high-fidelity audio, the 'all-music' trend, and I hope that it will be a game-changer.  In two of my other favorite pastimes - bicycling and motorcycling - similar trends have emerged.... Read More »


The 78 Experience - Feeling the Music: Enrico Caruso in Opera Volume 1 1904-1920, from the Nimbus Records 'Prima Voce' series!


Today I have another exciting 78 transfer on CD to share with you, thanks to Stefano Bertoncello (TwoGoodEars), who recommended the Nimbus Records Prima Voce series to me. Thanks, Stefano! For more information on the Nimbus Records Prima Voce approach to these transfers you can read Stefano's excellent blog post HERE. The good news is... Read More »


The 78 Experience - Feeling the Music: New 78 reissues are on the way! Hooray!


Back in November of 2019 I started enthusing about my experience of listening to 78 transfers made by Anatoly Markovich Likhnitsky while visiting Peter Qvortrup of Audio Note (UK) fame in Brighton, England.  Little did I expect it, but listening to Peter's 78 transfers by Anatoly turned out to be quite literally a life changing... Read More »


The Jazz Guitar Chronicles: 'Three for the Road' with Ed Bickert!


Welcome to the fourth installment of The Jazz Guitar Chronicles.  If you just started reading The Jazz Guitar Chronicles, the idea is to share with you some of the most important jazz guitar players in our recorded jazz canon, as shared with me by my friend and superb jazz guitarist, David Gitlen, who has played and studied... Read More »


The Jazz Guitar Chronicles: The Complete Pacific Jazz Joe Pass Quartet Sessions


Welcome to the third installment of The Jazz Guitar Chronicles. As I mentioned in my earlier The Jazz Guitar Chronicles posts ("Joe Pass In Hamburg" album (HERE), "Two For the Road" album HERE), The Jazz Guitar Chronicles came about as a tribute to my friend and superb jazz guitarist David Gitlen.  David has an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz guitar... Read More »


The Jazz Guitar Chronicles: Herb Ellis and Joe Pass 'Two For The Road'


I've been falling down on the job with my The Jazz Guitar Chronicles and The 78 Experience - Feeling the Music posts. Sorry about that. The album I want to recommend to you today is Herb Ellis and Joe Pass' Two For The Road. I have at least a dozen different albums I want to tell you about, but... Read More »


The 78 Experience - Feeling the Music: Alfred Cortot - Victor Recordings of 1919-1926!


In my The 78 Experience - Feeling the Music posts I've been sharing with you some amazing musical performances from days gone by, recorded during the acoustic (1877–1925) and - mostly - electric (1925–1945) recording eras: The 78 Experience: Feeling the music instead of listening to the sound - a matter of the art & the heart! (HERE)... Read More »


The Jazz Guitar Chronicles: Joe Pass in Hamburg


I've decided that Thursday is my lucky day, and it is certainly my highlight for each week. Thursday is the day of the week that my friend David Gitlen stops by to teach me a jazz guitar lesson. After the lesson we spend time listening to a jazz guitar CD that David has brought along for... Read More »


Meditations on High-Fidelity: My audio system sucks, what should I do?


"My audio system sucks, what should I do?"   I think you would be astonished to see the amount of emails asking that question that I receive from my fellow audio and music enthusiasts on an ongoing basis.    There's a lot of music listeners out there that are unhappy with the performance of their... Read More »


Jeff checking in ... Triode Lab 45 EVO SET amp, Sophia Electric 45 and 274B vacuum tubes, Pass Labs XP-17 phono stage, First Watt F8 amp, and more!


I've got a lot of really interesting hifi things to tell you about, but it may take me a little longer than usual to fill you in on all the details, as the last few weeks have been difficult on the home front, and it is likely to be that way for a while longer. ... Read More »


Meditations on High-Fidelity: In the beginning was music ...


In my introductory post on the topic of high-fidelity audio, I told you about the discussions that Peter Qvortrup (Audio Note (UK)) and I have been having about the state of contemporary audio – an audio state of the union, so to speak – and it turns out we have a rather significant Venn overlap... Read More »


Jeff checking in ... Pass Labs XP-17 phono, Triode Lab 45 EVO SET, Sophia Electric 45 Mesh Plate & Aqua 274B Rectifier, and Audio Note (UK)!


Happy Holiday Season to you all! I hope you are well, safe, and are enjoying listening to music with your hifi rigs!  Next up for review at Positive Feedback is the Pass Labs XP-17 phono preamplifier, designed by Pass Labs' Wayne Colburn. I'll be writing about the XP-17 in combination with the First Watt SIT-3 amplifier (review... Read More »


Today's Fresh Catch: The Audio Note (UK) AN-SPe silver loudspeaker cables!


Today's Fresh Catch are the Audio Note (UK) AN-SPe silver loudspeaker cables, and a set of CDs of performances by Russian conductor Nikolay Golovanov that were sourced from 1940s tapes that were remastered by Anatoly Markovich Likhnitsky.  While I have found all of the Audio Note (UK) components I have tried to be excellent matches... Read More »


Today's Fresh Catch: Audio Note (UK) IO I MC Phono Cartridge, AN-V Silver Interconnect Cables, and CD-Rs of 78s by Anatoly Markovich Likhnitsky!


It certainly has been illuminating and fun telling you about the Audio Note (UK) Oto Phono SE Signature integrated amplifier (review HERE), and the Audio Note (UK) CD 2.1xII Level II Red Book CD player (review HERE), whose virtues have been a new high point in enjoying music for me. Now, to add to the... Read More »


The 78 Experience - Feeling the Music: Feodor Shalyapin - Dubinuska - Folk and Prisoner Songs!


In my last The 78 Experience -Feeling the Music post (HERE) I told you about the IM Lab record label CD from the former USSR, titled Treasures from the Musical Archives of St. Petersburg, featuring Valeria Barsova, soprano; from the Orchestra of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre, Samuil Samosud, Vassily Nebolsin, Alexander Melick-Pashayev, and Maximilian Steinberg conductors; and The... Read More »


The Audio Note (UK) CD 2.1x/II Level Two Red Book CD player article is now live on Positive Feedback!


I just wrapped up the review for Peter Qvortrup's Audio Note (UK) CD 2.1x/II Level Two Red Book CD player this morning, and submitted it to Positive Feedback Editors Dave and David for their consideration and editing, and it was just published (HERE).      I can tell you this: the CD 2.1x/II is one... Read More »


The 78 Experience - Feeling the Music: Treasures from the Musical Archives of St. Petersburg!


Thankfully, a lot of important music from the earliest recording eras have been archived by the nations where the recordings were made, or by individual collectors. This album from the IM Lab record label is an example of a commercial Red Book CD from the former USSR, and is titled Treasures from the Musical Archives... Read More »


The 78 Experience - Feeling the Music: Serge Koussevitzky conducts Beethoven and Prokofiev!


After Peter Qvortrup had shared with me some of the remarkable 78 transfers from CDs remastered by his friend, Anatoly Markovich Likhnitsky, I became keenly interested in finding more of them. Mr. Likhnitsky built custom remastering and digitizing equipment for his transfers of the music from 78 rpm disks in his 78 collection to digital,... Read More »


The 78 Experience: Feeling the music instead of listening to the sound - a matter of the art & the heart!


It might seem a bit odd to you that lately I've been talking about listening to and enjoying ancient 78rpm record transfers from the earliest recording eras on CD, rather than just playing 78s themselves. I do have some 78 records in my record collection, but I haven't yet set up a system that's optimized... Read More »


The Mysterious Case of the Listening Window!


My perspective on what good hifi is about has changed a lot over the decades. In my pre high-performance hifi years I didn't care what equipment I listened to music on as long as I could listen to music. My music kit as a little kid was a foldable integrated turntable with detachable loudspeakers, and... Read More »


Jeff checking in: listening to the Pass Labs XP-12 line-level preamplifier and First Watt SIT-3 stereo amplifier!


I'm in the midst of writing up the Pass Labs XP-12 line-level preamplifier feature review for Positive Feedback, so I've been doing a lot of listening with the XP-12 of late, as you would expect. At the moment, I'm listening to the First Watt SIT-3 (review HERE) in combination with the Pass Labs XP-12 line-level... Read More »


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