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Issue 147, April / May 2004 table of contents and editorial.
April / May 2004
- From The Editor
6 - Letters
123 - Manufacturer Comments
14 - Industry News
16 - Absolute Analog
Chris Martens listens to five entry-level phono cartridges.
75 - Cover Story: B&W 704 Loudspeaker
A long-time fan of B&W speakers, Sue Kraft listens to the British loud- speaker manufacturer’s new 704's and concludes that, in this case, the trickle-down theory does work.
89 - TAS Roundtable — Tube vs. Solid-State
Join our roundtable as The Absolute Sound’s writers and editors ponder, discuss, and argue all things audio in the first of a new series of colloquia. This issue finds Robert Harley, Wayne Garcia, HP, Paul Seydor, and Jonathan Valin weighing in on the merits of tube versus solid-state electronics.
22 - TAS Does Vegas
Come fly with us to that city in the desert for a gander at the coolest gear at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show.
54 - Loudspeaker Cable Survey, Part Two
Brave souls Paul Seydor and Neil Gader conclude their survey of
affordable speaker cables with models from Acoustic Zen, AudioQuest, Cardas, DH Labs, Nordost, PS Audio, Supra Ply, WireWorld, XLO, and...
67 - Running the Gamut: A Survey of Four High-Resolution Disc Players from Arcam, Denon, Linn, and Sony
Shane Buettner listens to the latest batch of high-rez digital disc-spinners.
78 - Krell KAV-400xi Integrated Amplifier
This cost-effective integrated amp is all-Krell all the way, says Wayne Garcia.
The Cutting Edge
81 - McIntosh in a New Century: Tubes and Transistors in Happy Harmony
Few companies have had equal success building both tube and solid-state gear. According to Paul Seydor, McIntosh is one of the best of them.
98 - Redefining the State of the Art: Technical Audio Devices TAD Model-1 Reference Monitor
Anthony H. Cordesman listens to a contender for the state of the art in sound and technology.
107 - HP's Workshop
A digital giant killer? Harry Pearson finds one lurking in Italy. Also, moving-coil
cartridges — a handful of the best, compared and rated.