Sep 072017
Jeff checking in: Thorens TD124, Sophia Electric, Duelund DCA ... and more!

Last weekend was a rough one. I was felled by a kidney stone on Sunday, which earned me a ride in an ambulance to the emergency room. The little bugger hasn’t passed through yet, and still has some fight left in it, which it has been keen to remind me of from time to time. Ugh. I’ve […]

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Sep 022017
Duelund DCA26GA Tinned-Copper Interconnects for a Saturday Afternoon!

As I mentioned in a post about 3 weeks ago, I built up a set of 1.5 meter Duelund DCA26GA interconnects terminated with Switchcraft RCA’s. I’ve been listening to the Duelund DCA26GA IC’s with the Switchcraft RCA’s on my OPPO UDP-203 Blu-ray player, and I’ve been impressed with how good they sounded in that application. I had presumed that […]

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Aug 272017
The Sophia Electric EL34-ST and Aqua 274B Vacuum Tubes Review is Now Live at Positive Feedback!

I wrote all day yesterday and finished up the review of the Sophia Electric EL34-ST and Aqua 274B vacuum tubes. The Sophia Electric EL34-ST power tubes (above) and Aqua 274B rectifiers (below) outperformed everything that’s ever graced my Leben CS-600 integrated amplifier, and vintage McIntosh MC30 monaural amplifiers, respectively, and by a large margin. I don’t […]

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Aug 252017
Sneak Preview: The Sophia Electric EL34-ST and Aqua 274B Vacuum Tubes Article for Positive Feedback!

I’m hard at work listening and writing this weekend for my article about the Sophia Electric EL34-ST and Aqua 274B vacuum tubes for Positive Feedback. I hope to be finished up with the article either this or next weekend, but I thought in the meantime you might enjoy a sneak peek, so here you go! ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ […]

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Aug 212017
A Thorens TD124 Project for 2017!

I’m really excited about a very special Thorens TD124 restoration and ‘hot-rod’ project I commissioned with Christopher Thornton of Artisan Fidelity. The completed Artisan Fidelity TD124 Statement turntable will look similar to the photo below, but will have a “long-base” plinth that is about three inches wider to accommodate my preferred 12-inch tonearm. Christopher just sent me some […]

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Aug 202017
Quieting Down a Noisy Vintage McIntosh MX110Z Volume Potentiometer

I have access to buying almost anything as an audio writer, and there’s some really nice audio gear out there, but for a preamplifier I chose the vintage McIntosh MX110Z tuner-preamplifier, which was sold by McIntosh from 1962-1969 for the lofty price of $399. The reason is that the vintage McIntosh MX110Z tuner-preamplifier is an […]

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Aug 192017
First Listen: Audio MusiKraft Denon DL-103 with DCA26GA Headshell Leads

I’ve been looking forward to giving the Audio MusiKraft hot-rodded and tunable Denon DL-103 a listen, and comparing it to my stock Denon DL-103, a trusted friend of many years. I think the idea of a tunable phono cartridge is brilliant, and I applaud Guy Pelletier, the owner / propriétaire of Audio MusiKraft, for bringing to […]

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Aug 162017
Today's Fresh Catch: Audiosilente Cartridge Clips for Duelund DCA26GA Headshell Leads

I’ve been looking forward to the arrival of the Audiosilente cartridge clips so I can build a couple of sets of Duelund DCA26GA headshell leads with them. One I get the new headshell leads built – I’m hoping to find time over the weekend – then I’ll be able to give the stock Denon DL-103 […]

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