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Issue 149, August / September 2004 table of contents and editorial.
August / September 2004
- From The Editor
6 - Letters
103 - Manufacturer Comments
16 - Industry News
18 Future TAS
Hot new products on the horizon.
20 - 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.
24 - Exotica: Epiphany 12-12 and 6-6 Loudspeakers
Share a near-religious experience with Jon Valin and Wayne Garcia.
34 - The 2004 Home Entertainment Show
Take a guided tour of the Big Apple’s Spring Show with Jonathan Valin and Robert Harley.
62 - Cover Story
Edge Electronics G2 AC/DC Preamp and G8+ Monoblock Amplifiers
The solid-state gear from Edge Electronics is unlike anything he’s heard before, so says our editor Wayne Garcia.
74 - TAS Roundtable
The Sound of Analog Tape, LP, CD, SACD, and DVD-Audio
Our ongoing look at important topics finds Mark Levinson,
Harry Pearson, Doug Sax, and Jonathan Valin discussing and debating the sonic merits of various audio-storage formats—from analog tape to today’s high-resolution digital media. Robert Harley moderates.
168 - TAS Contributors Page
Meet, if you dare, R. Harley, W. Garcia, and J. Valin.
43 - Rotel RA-1062 Integrated Amp
Alan Taffel listens to this sweet and affordable number from Rotel.
46 - Four Easy Speakers: Infinity Primus 360, Canton Ergo 702DC, Dynaudio Audience 52SE, Bohlender Graebener Radia Z
A lot of good speakers are priced below $2000; Neil Gader reports on four of them.
55 - Exposure 2010 Integrated Amplifier and Power Amplifier
Chris Martens checks out a set of intriguing electronics from Great Britain.
60 - Simaudio Moon Equinox CD Player
Spend two grand for a CD-only player in this day and age? Neil Gader tells you why you should.
67 - Harbeth SHL5 LoudSpeaker
Nothing wrong with a big ol’ British box speaker, so says Robert E. Greene.
69 - Rockport Technologies Mira Loudspeaker
Wayne Garcia on the latest from primo designer Andy Payor.
72 - Follow-Up: Quantum RT-800 AC Source and EMF Conditioner
Chris Martens takes another listen to a controversial power conditioner.
The Cutting Edge
83 - Avalon Acoustics Eidolon Diamond Loudspeaker
In-depth report on Avalon's latest jewel-studded flagship, by Robert Harley.
90 - Pass xa160 Power Amplifier: Getting Back to the Music
Anthony H. Cordesman calls the Pass XA160 "an amplifier with
94 - Accuphase P-7000 Amplifier
A Japanese contender for the best amp available — Fred Kaplan reports.
98 - Talon Firebird Loudspeaker
Anthony H. Cordesman extols the musicality of Talon's new speakers.