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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Feb 132015
 
Update on the Garrard Project 2015: It's almost ready!

Christopher Thornton at Artisan Fidelity has just finished fitting all the components to the plinth he created for the Garrard Project 2015, and sent me some photos of it to drool over – it’s a beauty! (you can click on each of the photos for a larger view) That’s Christopher’s Macassar Ebony plinth with Stillpoints Ultra isolation feet, the Classic 301 with a brass platter, mounted with two of Thomas Schick’s tonearms, one for mono with an […]

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Feb 132015
 
Today's Fresh Catch: The SPEC RSP-901EX 'Real Sound Processor'

Today’s Fresh Catch is the SPEC RSP-901EX Real Sound Processor. On my way home from the laboratory last night I picked up a parcel from the post office containing the SPEC RSP-901EX Real Sound Processor that is designed  to reduce the fluctuations of a loudspeaker’s impedance over the frequency spectrum, while absorbing the return current from the speaker via a network of inductors. Like I reported with the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier (which is now in my […]

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Jan 272015
 
Today's Fresh Catch: The SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier from Japan!

Today’s Fresh Catch is the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier from Japan – it is a beauty!   I picked up the SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier from FedEx on my way home from the laboratory last night, and was immediately impressed upon unpacking it. For one thing, the packaging was absolutely superb, being nicely double boxed, with foam inserts that held it in place in a protective ‘clam shell’ arrangement, with the amplifier being wrapped […]

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Jan 252015
 
A jazzy Sunday morning at Jeff's Place: Peterson and Ellington

Weekends are when I catch up on Jeff’s Place, do a little hi-fi writing, and get in a little more music listening than I can on weekdays. This Sunday morning it’s a jazz fix of Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington, along with some fresh coffee and Eggs Benedict for breakfast. (By the way, nearly all of the music discussed at Jeff’s Place is music I’ve purchased, and none of it is provided by record companies for review.) […]

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