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    http://positive-feedback.com/show-re...t-2016-part-1/
    Steve Lefkowicz
    Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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    Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
    Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
    Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
    Speakers: Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
    Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
    Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
    Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
    Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
    Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

  • #2
    Thx for the writeup, Steve!

    On Wells Audio, have you ever had a chance to hear their Innamorata stereo amp? Supposed to have a great reputation...
    Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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    • #3
      Originally posted by allenh View Post
      Thx for the writeup, Steve!

      On Wells Audio, have you ever had a chance to hear their Innamorata stereo amp? Supposed to have a great reputation...
      Only at shows. Always had great sounding demos, though in their first few shows they tended to play way too loudly. Seems like very nicely done gear. I was very impressed by the overall sound of the room this year with their lower cost integrated though. Then again, I have always had a soft spot for good integrated amps.
      Steve Lefkowicz
      Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
      -
      Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
      Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
      Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
      Speakers: Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
      Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
      Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
      Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
      Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
      Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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      • allenh
        allenh commented
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        Thanks, Steve. I think Wells Audio is relatively local to me. Need to check them out one day.

    • #4
      Nice job. I especially appreciate your covering the more affordable end of the audio equipment spectrum.

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      • #5
        Originally posted by Rust View Post
        Nice job. I especially appreciate your covering the more affordable end of the audio equipment spectrum.
        Thanks! It's pretty much all I've covered for the past twenty years or so.
        Steve Lefkowicz
        Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
        -
        Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
        Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
        Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
        Speakers: Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
        Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
        Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
        Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
        Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
        Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          And brought his affordable end of the spectrum expertise to the forum. It's not sexy to do and sometimes it's hard getting reviewers to cover affordable gear. Thanks Steve!

        • Steve Lefkowicz
          Steve Lefkowicz commented
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          Thanks Myles. You know I've focused on the lower cost gear since before my days with Listener. I had a fairly strict 'no products over $2000' policy there, that I only broke once for a large article comparing five sets of speakers around the $3000 mark. Even with PF I tend to focus on gear that is under $3000, and lean towards gear closer to the $1000 mark.

          Good sound should be available for everyone that wants or appreciates it, not just a luxury item.

          Actually, I never use the term 'affordable' (at least not without specific qualifiers) since that is so open ended, and, let's face it, all gear that gets sold was 'affordable' to someone. I prefer terms like reasonably priced, lower cost, high value, or things like that.

          I left the 'Lovers of Affordable High End Audio' Facebook group due to all the people posting about $20,000 products and then arrogantly pointing out that they were 'affordable' to them. The group had a stated rule of nothing over $1000 or 1000EU.

          I don't like the term 'entry level' either, but for a different reason. I'll be writing about that on PF sometime soon.

      • #6
        Thanks for that Steve! I love reading about entry-level high-end gear as I live in that space, and it's really encouraging that more and more manufacturers are giving this segment of the market some more units to consider. What a great way to get more people involved. We can only hope that dealers will support and promote those products.
        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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