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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 170, March 2007 contents and editorial.

March 2007


Articles & Reviews in This Issue

8 Letters

122 Manufacturers Comments

15 From The Editor (click here for article)

16 Industry News

20 Future TAS

28 Mainstream Multichannel
Barry Willis on the Rotel RMB-1077seven-channel amp.

Basic Repertoire
40 Andy Downing on Ambient music.

127 Recording of the Issue
Maslanka: Garden of Dreams

127 Classical
Coverage of the new Mendelssohn collection by Janine Jensen, Shostakovich’s The Golden Age, Angelika Kirschshlager’s Handel Arias, Anna Netrebko’s Russian Album, eighth blackbird’s strange imaginary animals, and four SACDs, including Chesky’s Urban Concertos and HK
Gruber’s Rough Music.

136 Rock Etc.
Reviews of the latest CDs and LPs from Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, Patty Griffin, The Silos, The Early Years, Yoko Ono, Aereogramme, Dälek, The Clipse, Ghostface Killah, Of Montreal, PJ Harvey, a Brazilian compilation, Alison Krauss, and the Drones.

152 Jazz
The scoop on the newest discs from Matt Wilson, Tin Hat, Dan Willis, Ximo Tebar, Stefano Bollani, Jan Lundgren, and Sylvain Luc.

160 TAS Back Page
12 Questions for Paul Barton of PSB Speakers, by Neil Gader.


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