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More musings about music listening, equalization, audio fun and games, and other stuff!

Greetings friends, I hope you are doing well!  Audio has many facets, and as such context in audio is important. If you just grab snippets of audio writer’s articles out of context, and then try to apply them to a different context, chances are you’ll be confused.  Recording engineers see audio through one knothole. Audiophiles... Read More »

High-fidelity and other musings …

Greetings friends, I hope you are well! Update: Just a heads up that the Audio Note (UK) CD 5.1x CD player full feature review for Positive Feedback will be running a little late. I had to go in for Mohs surgery, and it turned out to be a little more extensive than expected, so I’m... Read More »

Today's Fresh Catch: The Sophia Electric 'Aqua II' 274B - hooray!

A lot of us tubeaholics have been sweating bullets about the unavailability of vacuum tubes coming out of China and Russia due to covid pandemic induced factory shutdowns, supply chain issues, and trade restrictions (Russia).  We've all been hoping that everything would get sorted out and vacuum tubes would start to flow again before the... Read More »

2023 Pacific Audio Fest: The debut of the Klaudio Magnezar turntable!

Announcement of the debut of the new Klaudio Magnezar turntable at the 2023 Pacific Audio Fest:  Hello, I hope this email finds you well. My name is Peter Park, writing to you on behalf of Klaudio, a world renowned designer and manufacturer of high-end audio equipment. We are thrilled to announce the grand debut of... Read More »

Positive Feedback Review Sneak Peek: The Mactone XX-440 Line Preamplifier and MH-120 Stereo Amplifier - Adventures in Max-tone!

The full feature review of the Mactone XX-440 line preamplifier and MH-120 stereo amplifier has now been published at Positive Feedback, and you can read it HERE.   As is my custom, I like to give you a 'review sneak peek' into my soon to be published feature articles for Positive Feedback.  This time the feature... Read More »

Positive Feedback Review Sneak Peek: The Audio Note (UK) AN-K/SPe Loudspeakers!

The full article about the Audio Note (UK) AN-K/SPe loudspeakers is now available to read at Positive Feedback HERE. As is my custom, I like to give you a 'review sneak peek' into my soon to be published feature articles for Positive Feedback.  This time the feature article 'sneak peek' is about the Audio Note (UK) AN-K/SPe loudspeakers.... Read More »

It's Fall, and the season of hi-fi weather is upon us. Happy Fall!

It's raining steadily outside of my window right now. The weather has gone from blazing hot for multiple weeks this Summer, with skies randomly filled with smoke from forest fires, to cooler temperatures with cloudy skies dispensing rain across our parched countryside. The rain of October is the start of the hi-fi 'weather' season for... Read More »

Jeff checking in: The Perfect Sound, SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier DIY project, Leben RS-30EQ DIY project, SET magnificence, and other hifi ramblings!

Murphy's Law has been going full steam ahead in my life lately, it seems, with a series of Murphy-like disasters shuffling aside my plans for some travel and adventure on a motorcycle tour through Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana, that I had scheduled for this week. While I wait for life's positive vibes... Read More »

Listening: 4 systems ... with components from Audio Note (UK), Pass Labs / First Watt, and Triode Lab! Part 1.

I've been working on an update about the 4 audio systems that are cooking here at Jeff's Place right now, and I'll be parsing out updates as Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4, as I get a chance to finish writing them up, so stay tuned for much more to come as I get more time... Read More »

Musings on Audio: A retrospective ... all those reviews, the overall journey, and lessons learned.

I've been reflecting on my audio writing of late, as I've recently arrived at the milestone of 1000+ articles published here at Jeff's Place, as well as 79 feature articles for Positive Feedback, and before that 52 articles for Six Moons.  You can find links to my Positive Feedback and Six Moons articles under my Jeff's Pages links at my Archives link (HERE).   Alas,... Read More »

Jeff checking in: 1000 articles milestone, Pacific Audio Fest, SETS, and other stuff!

With the publication of the "Long term report: 13 happy years with the Leben Hi-Fi Stereo Company RS-30EQ phono stage!" article (HERE), I just published my one-thousandth article here at Jeff's Place - woo hoo! My first Jeff's Place article was published way back in March of 2010, a little over twelve years ago now. How time flies.... Read More »

Jeff checking in: Sergio Mendez at Jazz Alley in Seattle, Audio Note (UK), Triode Lab, analog, digital, SET, solid-state, music, and other stuff! Part 3.

Greetings friends, I hope you are doing well! In Part 1 of this post I told you about "other stuff" first, starting with my trip to Jazz Alley for a Sergio Mendez concert with friends, and some side activities we enjoyed.  I mentioned my Seattle trip to give you some ideas for other activities for... Read More »

Third Anniversary of Jeff's Place at Positive Feedback, and other stuff!

Greetings friends, welcome to Jeff's Place, and I hope that 2022 is treating you well so far. I just happened to notice that today is the third anniversary of Jeff's Place at Positive Feedback!  Woo-hoo! 😃 Many thanks to Dave Clark and Dr. David Robinson for offering to host Jeff's Place at Positive Feedback. It's been terrific to... Read More »

Burning Amp Festival Update: Burning Amp 2021 Changed to an Online Event!

Just in from Bryan Stanton (J B Stanton Communications). August 12, 2021— The organizers have reached the difficult decision that with the current Covid Delta surge in San Francisco and California, Burning Amp 2021 must be a Zoom-only event. The safety of all the participants is paramount. The same great presentations originally scheduled for the live event remain unchanged, in an... Read More »

One of our own in coma after being attacked by gang of youths. Help if you can.

In one of our discussions about developing a much needed and more useful audio reviewing vocabulary, Peter Qvortrup (Audio Note (UK)) shared with me his horror about how one of his employees - Alan Willson - who also helps people as a care worker during the coronavirus pandemic, was viscously attacked by a gang of... Read More »

Jeff checking in ... Audio Note (UK), First Watt, Manley Labs, Pass Labs, Triode Lab, Sophia Electric, and other stuff!

The last few months have been quite tumultuous, but deep breath ... now life is starting to resume a more normal tempo, and I am once again turning my attention to telling you about what is going on - and coming up - in my music and audio life here at Jeff's Place and Positive Feedback.  2021... Read More »

Jeff checking in: Pass Labs, Audio Note (UK), First Watt, Triode Lab, Leben, Duelund, the upcoming Positive Feedback Writers' Choice Awards, and other stuff!

I thought it was time for me to check in and tell you what's going on here at Jeff's Place, what is upcoming at Positive Feedback, and about a few other things that are rattling around inside my noggin at the moment. First off, we are now in the fourth quarter of 2020, and 2020 is going fast,... Read More »

The Sophia Electric KT88-ST and EL34-ST vacuum tubes review is now live at Positive Feedback!

My Sexy Blue Tubes, Part 2, The Sophia Electric EL34-ST and KT88-ST Vacuum Tubes! feature article is now live at Positive Feedback (HERE)!  I hope you enjoy the article! As always, thanks for stopping by, and may the tone be with you!

"The Duelund-Altec Project - Dare to Dream!" article is now live at Positive Feedback

I wanted to let you know that "The Duelund-Altec Project - Dare to Dream!" article is now live at Positive Feedback.  As you know if you've been reading along, the Duelund-Altec Project was a major project on a number of levels, and from the time of conception of the project until the feature article appearing... Read More »

My life in hifi ... it's a hifi life, after all!

Positive Feedback's 100th Issue and 30 Year Anniversary! I really have to hand it to Positive Feedback Editors Dave & David, as well as their very involved and cool significant others, for achieving the impressive 100 issues and 30 year milestones at Positive Feedback. Kudos to you, that's an amazing accomplishment!  As I can attest... Read More »

Today's Fresh Catch: The HAT Turntable Power Supply from Jaap Pees!

Today's Fresh Catch is the HAT Turntable Power Supply from Jaap Pees of Hanze HiFi in the Netherlands. The HAT Turntable Power Supply is a substantial piece of electronics measuring 8¾ inches wide, by 5 inches high, and 12 inches deep, and weighs in at approximately 11 pounds / 5 kilograms on my utility scale.... Read More »

Jeff checking in ... Duelund, Altec, Hanze HiFi, and Nelson Pass!

I've been in Europe the past couple of weeks on my once a year vacation, am now back and resting up, trying to get over the rigors of travel and jet lag - and I'm almost there! I had a great time on vacation, spending time in Munich, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Vienna, and Prague, listening to... Read More »

Live at Positive Feedback: Three Simple and Cost Effective Hot-Rod Mods for the Classic Thorens TD-124 Turntable!

I've just finished up an article for Positive Feedback that has been in the works for a couple of months. It's about three easy and affordable accessories / modifications for a classic Thorens TD-124 turntable, that elevated the performance of my Artisan Fidelity Thorens TD-124 Statement turntable beyond my wildest expectations, and I suspect these accessories will do... Read More »

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