May 212015
Today's Fresh Catch: The SPEC AP-UD1 Analog Disc Sheet

I received the SPEC AP-UD1 Analog Disc Sheet (turntable mat) from Mr. Yazaki-san of SPEC while I was finishing up the Garrard Project 2015 article for Positive Feedback Online (and mentioned it in the article). I’ve been too busy to write the AP-UD1 up until now, so this is a bit of a belated ‘Today’s Fresh Catch’ post. The AP-UD1 is a very thin aluminum plate with a ‘special surface treatment’ that is the same diameter as a […]

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May 132015
The Great Capacitor Adventure! The aroma of solder is in the air!

If you’ve read my review of the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier in Positive Feedback Online in Issue 78, you know how interesting I found the high-fidelity adventures of Mr. Shirokazu Yazaki to be: “I learned the audio lesson that while parts choice does make an important difference in performance, it is the ‘enlightened ear’ of the talented designer that determines the ultimate musical performance of an audio amplifier, whether it contains vacuum tubes or solid-state devices. A […]

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Apr 302015
The Vintage Beat: Western Electric WE16GA Speaker Cable

Mr. Shirokazu Yazaki of SPEC Corporation (photo below, second from left) has told me how highly he regards the performance of vintage Western Electric WE16GA wire used as speaker cable. Mr. Shirokazu Yazaki uses the Western Electric WE16GA wire as speaker cables as his personal reference both for the research & development work he does for the SPEC Corporation products (like the Real Sound Amplifier), as well as in his home reference system. Mr. Yazaki-san had […]

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Apr 192015
The Garrard Project 2015: From Simple to Spectacular! - Sneak Peek - Upadated

I am putting the finishing touches on The Garrard Project 2015: From Simple to Spectacular! and will be in the process of rolling out a sneak peek over the next few days, with the full article being published over the next week or two. This has been a terrific project to do, and as I roll things out  I’ve got a few surprises for you that I think you’l enjoy. The Garrard Project 2015: From […]

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Apr 182015
New Valve Order News: The ISA-2 Integrated Amplifier and the P-2 Power Amplifier

As you know, I’ve been extremely impressed with the New Valve Order SPA-II phono equalizer I reviewed in and Issue 57 of Positive Feedback Online (and use as my reference for a stand-alone phono equalizer), and the SPA One phono preamplifier that I reviewed in Issue 69 of Positive Feedback Online. Andreas Hadjiminas, working out of Nicosia, Cyprus, is the man responsible for this artistic expression in vacuum tube circuits, in his aptly named New Valve […]

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Apr 102015
The Vintage Beat: A Forgotten Voice from the American Recording Studio

If you read my SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier review in Issue 78 of Positive Feedback Online, you know how impressed I am with the audio designs of Mr. Shirokazu Yazaki in Tokyo, Japan. (second from the left in the photograph below) It is my opinion that Yazaki-san is one of those rare gifted listeners/designers with an ‘enlightened ear’ that is able to translate the sound of live music into electronics, and his Real Sound Amplifier is […]

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Apr 052015
Today's Fresh Catch: Family Values & Louis Armstrong!

I like to have my Mom & Dad over on weekends for dinner so we can reminisce, enjoy some good food, listen to music, and just have some fun times together. Mom & Dad are in their 90s, and I’m not all that young anymore either, but we like to enjoy the time we have left. Never forget, life is short, and try to make every day a little bit special if you can. We look […]

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Mar 262015
Follow-up: The SPEC RSP-901EX Real Sound Processors on the Duelund-Westminster Royal SE Loudspeakers

In the Issue 78 Positive Feedback Online review of the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier and the SPEC RSP-901EX Real Sound Processors, I only reviewed the Real Sound Processors on my Harbeth Super HL5 loudspeakers. If you read the review, you know I was very impressed with what the Real Sound Processors did for my Harbeth Super HL5s: “The SPEC RSP-901EX Real Sound Processors are the real deal and worth their asking price, and one of those no-brainer […]

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Mar 212015
The SPEC 'Real Sound Amplifier' and 'Real Sound Processors' Review is Now Live at Positive Feedback Online!

The SPEC ‘Real Sound Amplifier’ and ‘Real Sound Processors’ review is now live at Positive Feedback Online, and you can read it here. As I mentioned in my earlier post, it’s a long ‘feature-style’ article with thirty pages of text and 65 photographs. I hope you enjoy the review. The SPEC ‘Real Sound Amplifier’ and ‘Real Sound Processors’ are worthy of your attention. As I mentioned in my comment to Siedy, I have good news for those […]

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