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  Welcome to The Abso!ute Sound online! We explore music and the reproduction of music in the home. We believe that the sound of music, unamplified, occurring in a real space is a philosophic absolute against which we may judge the performance of devices designed to reproduce music. Our goal is to provide the resources consumers need to judge how a component's sound either honors or departs from the music's truth, and to make sound purchasing decisions that maximize their experience of reproduced sound. Below is our Issue 155, August / September 2005 table of contents and editorial.


August / September 2005

  

Viewpoints

8 - Letters

122 - Manufacturer Comments 

 

Columns

16 - From The Editor

18 - Industry News

22 - Future TAS: New Products on the Horizon

34 - Mainstream Multichannel: Triangle Electroacoustique Odyssey Major 5.1-Channel Speaker System
Chris Martens finds this French system a winner for both music and film playback.

38 - Wayne's Domain
A new column from Wayne Garcia debuts with the Sutherland Director linestage, and line and phono preamps from Artemis Labs.

 

Equipment Reports

96  - Cover Story
Wilson Audio Specialties MAXX Series 2 Loudspeaker
Robert Harley on the latest evolution of Wilson Audio's designs.

60 - TAS Recommended Budget Systems
Chris Martens configures six budget systems between $1500 and $6500 that deliver real musicality at down-to-earth prices.

46 - The Audiophile iPod
Is the iPod for audiophiles, or is it the downfall of Western civilization? Robert Harley explores how to achieve the most from Apple's ubiquitous music machine.

26 - Absolute Analog
Chris Martens listens to the Benz Micro ACE-L, while Jim Hannon takes his turn with Rega's P5 turntable, Exact cartridge, and TT PSU power supply.

68 - Cambridge Audio Azur 540D DVD-A/V Player
This inexpensive machine provides fine performance and value, says Jim Hannon.

70 - Antique Sound Labs Line I DT Preamp, Mini Phono II DT, and AV-25 DT Monoblock Amplifier
Barry Willis reports on three pieces of tube gear, priced for the workingman.

76 - Spendor S8e Loudspeaker
The BBC tradition lives on but with a new twist, says our Sallie Reynolds.

80 - Naim Audio Ariva Loudspeaker
Jeff Dorgay on a lithe and satisfying performer from England.

82 - Lector CDP 7 TL & Musical Fidelity A5 CD Players
Sallie Reynolds on two outstanding but different-sounding CD players.

88 - DALI Helicon 400 Loudspeaker and Factory Tour
Neil Gader listens to the speaker, while Robert Harley guides the tour.

92 - Shanling CD-T300 Vacuum Tube Output CD Player
An excellent-sounding (if slightly romantic) CD player, says Wayne Garcia. 

 

The Cutting Edge

102  - Exotica: ELP LT-1LRC Laser Turntable
Jonathan Valin has mixed feelings about reading his grooves with light.

108 - HP's Workshop
The Decca London XRCDs: End of the Line; Mercury Living Presence and the Super CD List; The Sonic Rewards of CD Nurturing.

 

Music

56 - Rescuing Rózsa: The Saga of Telarc's Choral Suites Recording
Andrew Quint reports on how the label avoided a near-disaster with a recent project.

124 - Recording of the Issue
The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan

124 - Pop Etc.
Reviews of 16 new CDs and five LPs, including the latest from Ry Cooder, Bruce Springsteen, Common, Billy Corgan, System of a Down, Weezer, and Lucinda Williams.

145 - Jazz Caps
No fewer than seven CDs and one LP critiqued, including full-lengths by Keith Jarrett, Tord Gustavsen, Marian McPartland, Joshua Redman, Kenny Wheeler, and Hugh Masekela.

157 - Classical Caps
Twelve discs and one LP box set reviewed, featuring the first Bach releases from John Eliot Gardiner's new SDG label, two JVC XRCDs, and the latest Mercury Living Presence SACDs.

168 - The TAS Listening Room
Gader, Garcia, Harley, and Valin tell you about a few records you might hear, should you be invited into their listening rooms.

 

Finale

163 - Classifieds 

165 - Where To Buy The Absolute Sound 

167 - Ad Index

 

In The Next Issue

B&W's new 800D with diamond tweeter

Analog from Clearaudio, Red Point, Tri-Planar, and Shelter

High-powered amplifier survey

Affordable tube gear from Prima Luna

...And More! 

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