Aug 022015
Saturday Afternoon Jazz ... and other stuff

I like to bring my Mom & Dad over to visit on the weekend, fix them a nice dinner, and spend some time catching up. They’ve been through a hard time the last few years, starting with when my Dad took a bad fall at home, ended up in the hospital, then a skilled nursing facility, and finally assisted living. Dad was never able to go home again, and that was rough for both of them, as […]

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Jul 252015
Personal Thoughts About "Real Sound" from Mr. Yazaki-san of SPEC Corporation

If you’ve been following the blog posts here at Jeff’s Place, you know that I asked Mr. Yazaki-san if he would tell us some of his thoughts about “Real Sound”, and I’m very pleased to be able to share with you what he has written. Here’s what Mr. Yazaki-san has written for us about “Real Sound”: Dedicated to my friend, Jeff-san My Personal Thoughts for “Real-Sound” July 20th /2015, Shirokazu Yazaki My thoughts have been clearly coming into focus […]

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Jul 172015
A Friday Afternoon Listening Session With Ron & Leo

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as an impromptu listening session on a Friday afternoon with good friends like Ron and Leo. Ron always brings over a nice French wine, and Leo a very tasty vino from Napa (Ron’s French Bordeaux was a 2009, and Leo’s Napa Cabernet Sauvignon a 2005!). It’s great to have friends with such good taste! I supplied the snacks & hi-fi rig, and we had a blast listening to music! A couple of posts […]

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Jul 172015
Music on Vinyl: Are Test Pressings the 'Hot Stampers' of Reissues?

The guys over at Better Records offer records they call Hot Stampers, which are records that they have selected by ear that they say are much better sounding than the average pressing from any given run, or of the many available versions of a given album. The Better Records guys fan the flames of debate by dissing audiophile style reissues, saying “… the record that will do the best job of communicating the music through its superior sound […]

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Jul 132015
Revisiting an old friend: The 'Vintage' Sony PlayStation 1 SCPH-1001

It seems an eternity ago when I wrote about the Sony PlayStation 1 SCPH-1001 back in 2007 at 6Moons as part of a ‘Music Lovers’ system. Keith Aschenbrenner of  Auditorium 23 fame told me about SCPH-1001, and how it sounded ridiculously good compared to even very expensive DACs and CD players of the time.  I said about it then, “Certainly the most unconventional part of this system has to be the Sony Playstation 1 used as a digital […]

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Jul 062015
'My Gear' Page Added

I added a “My Gear” page so that you could see all of the hi-fi gear that I use as references during the review process. I thought it would be a good idea to put together a master list of reference equipment and accessories that I enjoy and use on an ongoing basis, as the pages that show my two current primary systems (1, 2) can be in a bit of flux due to reviewing and writing articles & […]

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Jul 052015
The Mono Sleuth

One of the resources I’ve found handy to figure out if a recording is in glorious mono is Discogs, where you can look up every version of an album, and more often than not, figure out if an album is in mono or stereo. Take the Chet is Back! album from ORG Music that I was listening to yesterday, there’s nothing on the album cover to indicate whether it is mono or stereo. First I did […]

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Jul 042015
Having Fun with Real Sound and Mono!

My friend Leo sent me a message yesterday saying, “I found some Johnny Smith albums, I thought I’d drop them by if you’re around.” What a great guy! My friend Leo knows how much I love those old Johnny Smith albums on the Roost Records label, and when he’s out and about he picks them up for me when he sees them. Many thanks, Leo! The Johnny Smith Quintet album is from the “Jazz at NBC” series (Roost Records […]

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Jul 012015
The British Fineness of Tone: Haltron 5U4G and Mullard ECC83

If you read my Kindred Spirit post, you’ll remember that as Mr. Yazaki-san was discussing the ‘capacitor adventure’ we are doing with my vintage McIntosh MC30 monaural amplifiers, he said: “Well, I think my inspirations also come from confidence in the thought that, Jeff-san’s hearing sense would be very close to mine. I understand Jeff-san loves traditional American music, just as I do, and Jeff-san’s most favorite speaker has been the beloved Tannoy Westminster Royal. On […]

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Jun 302015
The Accidental Mono

You know, I’ve never paid that much attention to whether the vinyl in my collection was mono or stereo, as it really didn’t matter much to me, because in the past I was only listening with a stereo phono cartridge, like my EMT TSD-15 or Denon DL 103. But these days, every time I pull out a record I look at it, and ask myself, “Is this stereo or mono?” Well, it turns out that a lot […]

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