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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Mar 082015
Jeff Checking In: Update on the SPEC Review & The Garrard Project 2015

I’m working hard writing the SPEC Review. I’ve got all my listening impressions written up for my Leben CS-600 & Harbeth Super HL5 loudspeaker based system (above), and I’m sure a lot of you are wondering how the SPEC Real Sound Amplifier compares to the Leben CS-600. I’m now working on writing up my impressions for my Westminster Royal Special Edition loudspeaker based system. You can see the SPEC Real Sound Amplifier in the foreground. That’s […]

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Feb 222015
Happy 90th Birthday, Mom!

Happy 90th Birthday, Mom! We (Dad, Mom, and me) had a terrific 90th birthday celebration for Mom yesterday here at Jeff’s Place. For dinner I played chef and cooked mesquite grilled filet mignon, Beurre Monté lobster tails, baked potatoes with trimmings, carrots, and champagne to drink. Birthday cake and Portland’s Stumptown fresh roasted coffee for dessert. (Stumptown is my new favorite coffee, wonderful coffee!) Afterwards we opened presents, chatted, and reminisced about old (and current) times. […]

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Feb 222015
Review Sneak Peek: The SPEC RSA-M3 EX 'Real Sound Amplifier'

I’ve been listening to the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier and the SPEC RSP-901 EX Real Sound Processors for a while now, and I’ve been impressed with what I’m hearing. I’m writing up my final listening impressions right now. Below is an excerpt from the first draft of my upcoming feature review of the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier and the SPEC RSP-901 EX Real Sound Processors at Positive Feedback Online. I hope you enjoy reading this little sneak peek, as I’ve […]

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Feb 212015
Siedy Checking In From The Netherlands: Chaos!

It’s always a pleasure to hear from Siedy in the Netherlands. If you’ve been following along the conversations here at Jeff’s Place you’ll recognize Siedy as the gentleman responsible for me becoming aware of the powerful and musical ASR Emitter II Exclusive Version Blue amplifier that was developed by Mr.Friedrich Schaefer in Germany. Siedy used the ASR ‘Blue’ on his Tannoy Westminster Royal SE loudspeakers and has really enjoyed the musical combination they provided. I too […]

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