Nov 272015
Jeff checking in ...

I’m up early this morning drinking some excellent Kenya Kangunu coffee from Stumptown, and listening to the Maestro’s VOTTs system I’ve put together, which is so musically beguiling it’s hard to convey how satisfying it is to listen to music with, and in a small room at that! Yazaki-san’s SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier is a match made in heaven for the Maestro’s VOTTs, which I guess shouldn’t be a surprise, because the RSA-M3 EX has been […]

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Nov 262015
Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

This is the Thanksgiving Holiday week in the USA, where we commemorate a romanticized version of a 1621 harvest festival feast in which refugee Pilgrims honored a Native American man of the Patuxet tribe, named Squanto, who had taught them how to fish & plant corn, and had negotiated a peace treaty for them with the Wampanoag Nation, ensuring their survival, in their first year at what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts. Now the Thanksgiving Holiday in the USA is largely a time for gathering with […]

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Nov 212015
Belden 19364 Power Cords for the Vintage McIntosh MC30 Monaural Amplifiers

I’m not entirely happy with the way the Western Electric WE16GA power cords for my vintage McIntosh MC30 monaural amplifiers came out. Similar to when I tried the WE16GA in a pair of RCA interconnects, the WE16GA just sounded a little too forward & direct for my Tannoy Westminster Royal SE loudspeakers. The Western Electric WE16GA sounds fantastic as speaker cables on my Westminster Royal SE loudspeakers, and on my Maestro’s Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers. The WE16GA also worked […]

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Nov 212015
A DIY 'Vintage Tone' USB Interconnect Using 'Pushback Wire'

As I reported yesterday, my first attempt at a USB interconnect didn’t go so well: “I also tried building a USB interconnect out of vintage guitar pushback wire (all the rage for re-wiring electric guitars for that beautiful ‘vintage tone’ experience), which is tinned-copper with a cotton cover, which reminds me a lot of the Western Electric WE24GA. I bungled my first attempt at it by not having the correct tip for my soldering iron, […]

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Nov 202015
Morning Coffee with the Maestro's VOTTs & Thoughts on Vintage Tone

My Maestro’s VOTTs & SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier room has become my go-to coffee nook in the morning. I’ve developed a week-day ritual of rolling out about 4:30 a.m. and firing up the SPEC RSA-M3 EX, the Mhdt Paradisea+ USB DAC, and my old MacBook that I’m using as a source. Then I wander into the kitchen to my waiting Jura and brew up the week’s selection of Stumptown Roaster’s Choice, after which I go back and sit down […]

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Nov 142015
A Real Sound Adventure With the Vintage McIntosh MX110Z

If you read The Vintage McIntosh Experience article in Issue 77 of Positive Feedback you know I’m a big fan of the vintage McIntosh MX110Z tuner-preamplifier. The MX110Z makes vinyl & FM sound astonishingly good, it even makes digital your friend. Performance-wise it can easily hold its own against contemporary preamplifiers, and feature-wise it outclasses any modern preamplifier on Planet Earth. The MX110Z ranks way up there among the best audio purchases I’ve ever made. Yazaki-san has told me about some […]

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Nov 112015
The Vintage Beat: The Maestro's Custom VOTT Loudspeakers

Yesterday Ron and I embarked on an audio adventure and drove to the Emerald City of Seattle to look at (and listen to) a pair of vintage Altec Lansing Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers that were custom built for Leopold Stokowski (April 18, 1882 – September 13, 1977), while he lived in New York and was conducting the American Symphony Orchestra. Leopold Stokowski had moved from London to New York City in 1905. In addition to his conducting, Stokowski was very […]

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Nov 082015
Alan Kafton's audiodharma Cable Cooker

With all the cable rolling I’ve been doing lately with the Belden 8402 microphone cable interconnects, and the Western Electric WE16GA, I thought I should mention how handy Alan Kaftan’s audiodharma Cable Cooker is for running in cables and getting them to sound their best. I use my Cable Cooker all the time on cables when I’m reviewing, when building new cables, and running in pretty much all wire on them. Occasionally I’ll go back and give my cables a […]

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Nov 072015
Western Electric WE16GA Power Cords for the Vintage McIntosh MC30 Monaural Amplifiers

A couple of posts ago I told you about my adventure of building up an AC power cord with the Western Electric WE16GA and trying it out on my Mhdt Havana USB DAC. It takes a while for the Western Electric WE16GA to settle down, but I thought my newly constructed WE16GA power cord sounded promising, and when it finally settled down completely, I thought it sounded really good in typical Western Electric fashion of being rich, […]

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Nov 072015
Frank Checking In: Westminsters, Duelund, The Lark Ascending, and an Old Friend

With its cooler temperatures and wetter weather, Autumn in the Pacific Northwest is a time when life starts to shift indoors. It means kicking off new audio projects, getting the fireplace going, getting out a good book, with the muse of music stirring thoughts of the past as well as dreams for the future. So it is also with my friend my friend and kindred spirit, Frank, in Canada. Frank was intrigued by what I related to you as I described […]

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