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Issue 138, October/November 2002 table of contents and editorial.
6 - From the Editor
Future TAS: Products on the Horizon
- Absolute Analog
Stephan Harrell looks at two mid-priced turntables, Michell GyroDec SE Mk II and
Nottingham Space Deck.
- Real-World High End
Wayne Garcia auditions a system from Naim, one of England's most respected
A look at high-end audio products outside the mainstream.
- Recommended Products
The TAS editorial staff recommends more than 200 of the best components at every
price level and every product category.
Parasound Halo P 3 Preamplifier and A 23 Amplifier
Shane Buettner discovers musical magic in a John Curl-designed combo that is
Neil Gader and Paul Seydor audition and evaluate 13
interconnects priced between $129 and $250.
Smart Systems 2X150VT Power Amplifier
With a mix of tubes and solid-state technologies, Smart Systems tries to capture
the best of both worlds in this affordable amp. Sue Kraft reports.
Quicksilver V4 Mono Amplifiers & Remote Control Line-Stage Preamplifier
Paul Seydor auditions the latest gear from this small, venerable company.
Cover Story: Balanced Audio Technology's VK-300X Integrated Amp
The integrated amplifier takes a leap forward with this
stunning new design, according to Wayne Garcia.
Theta Citadel Monoblock Power Amplifier
Anthony Cordesman puts this massive 400W monoblock through its paces.
CUTTING EDGE: Snell XA Reference Loudspeaker
Snell enters the "big speaker" arena with an ambitious new effort.
Robert E. Greene weighs in.
HP brings us an updated version of his famous Super CD List. Don't turn on your
system without it!
- JAZZ: Feature
Charlie Christian: Genius
Gary Giddins delves into The Genius of the Electric Guitar, Legacy's new
four-disc set on jazz Prometheus Charlie Christian.
Jason Moran: Modernistic
Patricia Barber: Verse; Dee Dee Bridgewater: This Is New
Dave Holland Big Band: What Goes Around
Ben Allison: Peace Pipe
Steven Bernstein & The Sam Rivers Trio: Diaspora Blues
Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf
Mekons: OOOH; Sonic Youth: Murray Street
Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (Deluxe
David Bowie: Heathen & Ziggy Stardust (30th Anniversary 2CD Edition)
Bruce Springsteen: The Rising
David Johansen & The Harry Smiths: Shaker; Jorma Kaukonen: Blue
Ralph Stanley: Ralph Stanley
Allison Moorer: Miss Fortune
Gary Wilson: You Think You Really Know Me
The Stooges: The Stooges and Fun House on Sundazed 180-gram vinyl
What's Old Is New Again: Vital Sounds from the 80s and 90s
Recent reissues give new life to records from forgotten rock and pop artists who
helped shape today's musical landscape.
EMI'S Pantheon of Great Conductors of the 20th Century
Dan Davis surveys the first 15 releases in EMI's blockbuster series.
Busoni: Orchestral Suite No. 2. Clarinet Concertino
Kancheli: Styx. Gubaidulina: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Furtwangler: Symphony No.2
Enescu: Octet, op. 7; Quintet, op. 29 (Gidon Kremer)
David Daniels: Handel Oratorio Arias
Kurka: The Good Soldier Schweik
Brown: The Last Five Years
Goldsmith: The Ballad of Cable Hogue
NEW FORMATS: Feature
ABKCO's The Rolling Stones Remastered Series on Hybrid SACD
Bob Gendron on SACD's ultimate coup. And yes, you'll get all your ya-ya's out.
NEW FORMATS: SACD
RECORDING OF THE ISSUE: Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
Bach: Keyboard Concertos (Murray Perahia); Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B
flat minor; Ravel: Retrospection
Williams: Cello Concerto, etc. (Yo-Yo Ma)
Poulenc: Concerto for Organ. Petit: Concertino for Organ (Gillian
Clark Terry & Max Roach: Friendship
Jorma Kaukonen: Blue Country Heart
Bruce Springsteen: Live In New York City
NEW FORMATS: DVD-A
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919 version). Ravel: Boléro
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