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Issue 148, June / July 2004 table of contents and editorial.
June / July 2004
- From The Editor
6 - Letters
121 - Manufacturer Comments
16 - Industry News
20 Future TAS
Hot new products on the horizon.
22 - Start Me Up: Meeting High-End Expectations on a Modest Budget
Our column on affordable gear resumes with new writer Jerry Sommers.
28 Absolute Analog
Paul Seydor spins Pro-Ject's RM 9 turntable and Sumiko's Blackbird
cartridge, and sets it all atop Townshend's Seismic Sink Isolation Platform.
33 - Editorial: Missing the Boat
Robert Harley argues that, for all the great contributions the high end has made over the years, it also has a habit of ignoring opportunities to expand its business (and your options).
48 - Basic Repertoire: The Piano Trio
Andrew Quint kicks off the first in a new series on must-own music.
103 - Cover Story:
Drop-Dead Gorgeous: Sonus Faber Stradivari "Homage" Loudspeaker
In sound and looks Sonus Faber’s new statement design is simply
gorgeous, so says our man, Jonathan Valin.
77 - The State of Multichannel Audio
In a series of special reports in The Cutting Edge, we explore the past, present, and potential future of high-end multichannel sound. In his Multichannel Audio Primer, Robert Harley explains the ins and outs of expanding your two-channel
system — the right way; the TAS Roundtable finds RH, HP, Classical Music Editor Andy Quint, and recording engineer Peter McGrath debating the pros and cons of stereo, multichannel, center-channel speakers, and subwoofers; and in his Workshop, HP looks at the Dark Side of Multichannel Sound.
36 - Recommended Products
Loudspeakers Under $5000
Our staff selects the crème de la crème in affordable and mid-priced speakers.
56 - NAD C 162 Preamplifier, C 272 Power Amplifier
Chris Martens reports on NAD’s new entry-level separates.
62 - YBA Intégré Integrated Amplifier
The latest combo amp from YBA finds Neil Gader waxing nostalgic.
65 - Double-Dipping: Morel Octwin 5.2M Loudspeaker
Neil Gader listens to a stacked pair of speakers with more than a few sonic and design twists.
68 - Further Thoughts: The Gamut D 200 Mk3
Jonathan Valin reports on the latest incarnation of a technological
72 - Romantic At Heart — Valve Amplification Company Avatar Super Integrated Amplifier
Wayne Garcia on VAC's top-of-the-line, retro-looking, all-tube integrated amp.