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    If you could go out to dinner with any living audio designer or personality, who would you choose?
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

  • #2
    Keith o Johnson
    TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | B.M.C. | Boulder | Magico

    "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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    • #3
      Ken Ishiwata
      Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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      • #4
        Nelson Pass
        Chris
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        Kef 201/2, Pass xa30.5, W4S STP-SE, Manley Chinook, VPI Classic, Dynavector DV20x2L, ExaSound e32, Acoustic Zen cables. (Office): Vincent SP331 Mkll, Quicksilver Pre, Lumin D1, (Ken Lau Signiture Edition PSU), Bryston BCD-1, Vapor Audio Breeze, WooAudio W6se,Questyle Audio CMA800R LCD-3,HD800s, HD600, Mr Speaker Ether C Flow,

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        • #5
          Is Peter Belt still on this mortal coil?

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          • #6
            Nelson Pass or Nishakawa-san from Stella/TechDas (As long as he speaks English)
            Christian
            System Gear

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            • #7
              Myles - just to make his day

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              • #8
                Jean Hiraga
                Turntable: - 1. Fairchild 750/OMA slate plinth
                2. Analog Engineering AE-2008 MinusK support.
                Tonearm: 1. Schroder Custom
                2. Schick 12"
                3. Abis SA-1
                Cartridge: Miyajima Kansui and Premium BE Mono
                PhonoPre: AprilSound LR, EMIA Strain Gauge, EMIA silver SUT
                CD: Wadia 860x
                Server: Innuos Zen Mini Mk3
                DAC: Computer Audio Design 1543 Mk2
                Preamp: Bent Audio TAP-X w silver autoformers
                Amplifier: AprilSound SET50 monoblocks
                Speaker: Pioneer PAX-30C

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                • #9
                  Probably John Curl.
                  Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                  • Doxycc
                    Doxycc commented
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                    Curl was always very interesting. He used to have a shop here on College Avenue in Berkeley, 12' wide store front. I met him again at Brian Cheney's (VMPS?) but this was all 30 years ago. Had a couple of iterations of his Vendetta which is I regret selling (alas). I don't know if he'd remember me, but he was (at the time) very open to explaining his design approach to a novice. Appreciated his time.

                  • MylesBAstor
                    MylesBAstor commented
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                    I always found John more than willing to share his vast knowledge!

                • #10
                  So many good choices! So many interesting people.

                  Mine was a difficult one since have been to dinner over with so many over the many years. And all of them --including the likes of Alon Wolf, Bill Conrad and Lew Johnson, Karen Sumner, Dan D'Agostino, Jeff Rowland, Rick Fryer, Neil Patel, John Hunter, Franco Serblin and Harry Weisfeld just to name a few--have lead to fascinating dinner conversations. But in the end, the decision came down to two choices and couldn't decide between them. Both are long time industry insiders and each has seen a lot come and go over the years.

                  Number one is Dave Wilson. Now this isn't exactly the first time we have broken bread, but the previous time was only over lunch back in 1999 in Provo. Dave is fascinating person who lives the life we'd all love to in audio. Most of all, I don't think there's a person around in the industry who I respect more for thinking out of the box. Reviewer, designer and music lover. It would be worth paying for dinner just to hear about his travels to the finest halls in the world.

                  The other person is John Atkinson. Musician, audiophile, reviewer and publisher of arguably the most important high-end audio in the world. Something that I don't think that John receives enough credit for. (especially when you consider John's work for HFNRR and Larry's coup in attracting John to take over the reins of Stereophile!) Certainly Stereophile is the most well known audio magazine in the world and he along with Larry Archibald and Tom Gillette were instrumental in building the magazine's reputation after Larry's purchase from J. Gordon Holt. Now I have known John for years but for whatever the reason, never really had the opportunity to get to know John.
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                  -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                  -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                  -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                    The other person is John Atkinson. Musician, audiophile, reviewer and publisher of arguably the most important high-end audio in the world. Something that I don't think that John receives enough credit for. (especially when you consider John's work for HFNRR and Larry's coup in attracting John to take over the reins of Stereophile!) Certainly Stereophile is the most well known audio magazine in the world and he along with Larry Archibald and Tom Gillette were instrumental in building the magazine's reputation after Larry's purchase from J. Gordon Holt. Now I have known John for years but for whatever the reason, never really had the opportunity to get to know John.
                    I've been a follower of JA since his days at HFN&RR and probably read everything he wrote during his first ten years at Stereophile. JA is a bigger objectivist than most people think, he loves corroborating the science and measurements with what his reviewers observe in subject testing. I also think he's more than okay with digital and his apathy towards spinning vinyl (he still uses an LP12) is evident in his current reviews.
                    TechDAS | Graham Eng | ZYX | B.M.C. | Boulder | Magico

                    "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Rob View Post

                      I've been a follower of JA since his days at HFN&RR and probably read everything he wrote during his first ten years at Stereophile. JA is a bigger objectivist than most people think, he loves corroborating the science and measurements with what his reviewers observe in subject testing.
                      I would argue so was JGH to a certain extent. To wit, JGH's instant acceptance of digital. JGH's biggest argument about measurements was that manufacturers back then lied about them. And as we all know, the currently agreed upon and "accepted" measurements were selected to show the equipment at its best.

                      I also think he's more than okay with digital and his apathy towards spinning vinyl (he still uses an LP12) is evident in his current reviews.
                      That's was talked about even a few years ago. Outside of Mikey and Art, the rest of the Stereophile staff is pretty much digital only. I can't remember the last time JA used analog in a review, in part because he's using his own recordings that are digital.

                      That's pretty much true for the majority of mags out there. In fact, PF is probably one of the few mags where at least 50% (?) of the reviewers use analog or analog and digital in their reviews. I think the mag Tim writes for, The Audiobeat, is one of the others.
                      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                      ________________________________________

                      -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                      -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
                      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                      -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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