Feb 122016
 
The Power of the Orchestra!

Normally when I hear the phrase ‘The Power of the Orchestra‘ it makes me think of the famous Kingsway Hall recording by Kenneth Wilkinson of René Leibowitz conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing Pictures At An Exhibition & Night On Bare Mountain (RCA VCS-2659), which has long been on Harry Pearson’s Super LP List, and renowned for its remarkable dynamics, nuance, huge soundstage, and emotional impact. However, when I was thinking about ‘The Power of the Orchestra’ this morning, it […]

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Feb 072016
 
The Vintage McIntosh MX110 Tuner-Preamplifier Adventure: In Pursuit of Real Sound.

Yazaki-san, Ron-san, and I, buoyed by our dramatic success with our Real Sound adventure with my vintage McIntosh MC30 monaural amplifiers (below), embarked on another Real Sound adventure with my vintage McIntosh MX110 tuner-preamplifier, as I have reported on earlier in several posts. Well how do I say this? Things haven’t gone so well with our Real Sound MX110 adventure, and as of yet we haven’t figured out quite why, but we’re working on it, and […]

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Jan 232016
 
A Listening Adventure: A Trio of Modified Vintage McIntosh MX110 Tuner-Preamplifiers

Ron, Leo, and I got together last weekend to listen to a trio of vintage McIntosh MX110s variously modified by Ron-san with Real Sound modifications as suggested by Yazaki-san, which are similar to the modifications Yazaki-san has performed on his personal vintage Marantz 7 preamplifier. Prior to being modified by Ron-san, two of the MX110s were restored – mine and George’s – by the vintage McIntosh team of Tom Manley & Terry DeWick at McIntosh Home Audio & DeWick Repairs. […]

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Jan 152016
 
The Duelund CAST Hybrid Silver-Copper Capacitors Adventure

I wanted to tell you a little more about the new 6.8uF Duelund CAST hybrid silver-copper capacitors from Frederik that I mentioned in this post. As a refresher, let me remind you how the hand-crafted Duelund CAST silver & copper capacitors are made. In the Duelund CAST capacitors Frederik uses only pure annealed soft copper or silver foil in natural paper and oil, along with resonance control both inside and outside the capacitor. A capacitor […]

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Jan 062016
 
Gary Fischer’s A5 ‘Voice of the Theatre’ Restoration Part 3: the 288C, 1005B, and 515B

In my Part 1 post I introduced you to Gary Fischer and the Altec-Lansing A5 Voice of the Theatre restoration he did for me that forms the basis of the Altec A5 VOTT Project here at Jeff’s Place. For my restoration, I chose two 825B bass horn cabinets, two 515B Alnico low-frequency drivers, two N-500-C crossovers, two 1005B 10-cell horns, and two 288C Alnico high-frequency compression drivers, which is a classic Altec-Lansing A5 Voice of the Theatre combination of components from that period, […]

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Jan 032016
 
The Westminster Royal SE Duelund CAST Crossover Project: Hybrid Silver-Copper CAST Capacitors

I’m on a crossover roll to start off 2016, and now it’s time to discuss some exciting developments with the Duelund CAST crossovers that form the beating heart of my Tannoy Westminster Royal SE loudspeakers. In the The Duelund Coherent Audio / Tannoy Westminster Royal Special Edition Project that I chronicled in real time here at Jeff’s Place, ultimately writing up as feature articles for Positive Feedback (Part 1 – Issue 70; Part 2 – Issue 74), the pair […]

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Jan 012016
 
My First Post of 2016 - The Vintage Beat: An Altec A5 VOTT Project Update

Happy 2016 my friends, and thank you all so much for all the well wishes in closing out 2015, I truly appreciate it! I want to start the New Year of 2016 with a post about the last thing I mentioned in my last post of 2015 – the Altec A5 VOTT Project. The Altec-Lansing Voice of the Theatre loudspeaker systems have a storied history that has made them a not often seen legend from a bygone […]

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Dec 312015
 
My Final Post of 2015 ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ The Year in Review! ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

The waning hours of 2015 are upon us, and I thought I’d make my last post for 2015 a look back on the year. This past year has had so many highlights it boggles my mind as I think back on it, and I’m so thankful that I was able to share all my audio & musical discoveries with you here in the pages of Jeff’s Place and Positive Feedback.   For Positive Feedback, to kick of […]

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Dec 312015
 
The Jeff Awards for 2015 ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Ron Barbee ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

As I was preparing the Jeff Award for Yazaki-san, I was also thinking about another friend who has had a profound influence on me and my enjoyment of the audio & musical arts over the last several years, my good friend and fellow audio adventurer, Ron Barbee. Ron is a life-long audio enthusiast, music lover, musician (guitarist), and has the highly trained mind of an engineer – he is a true modern day renaissance man. Ron-san – like […]

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Dec 312015
 
The Jeff Awards for 2015 ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Shirokazu Yazaki ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

For my 12th Annual Positive Feedback Writers’ Choice Awards I did something that I’ve never done before, I gave an award to a person instead of an audio product, Mr. Shirokazu Yazaki. The Positive Feedback Writer’s Choice Award acknowledges Mr. Shirokazu Yazaki for “his significant design work” which he surely deserves. In Japan, the term ‘Living National Treasure’ refers to those individuals who are designated as keepers of important dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intangible, high value, cultural […]

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