Articles & Reviews In This Issue
15 From The Editor
16 Industry News
20 Future TAS
24 Start Me Up
Barry Willis on Monitor Audio’s fabulous new $599 BR5 speaker
MSB's iLink turns your iPod into a no-compromise high-end music
28 Book Review
Jonathan Valin reviews Robert Harley’s new book, Introductory Guide
to High-Performance Audio Systems.
Special Report On The State Of Analog
LP Primer: Robert Harley on everything you always wanted to know about the LP.
Analog Components The Shook The Audio World
The TAS editorial staff picks the 12 most significant LP-playback products
of the stereo era
46 Rega P1
Get into the vinyl game for just $350 — complete. Wayne Garcia reports.
Audio System Roundup
Jim Hannon surveys three Pro-Ject turntables and a phonostage, priced from $299 to $2500.
59 Tech Corner
Robert Harley explains cartridge compliance, tonearm mass, and why they need to be matched.
60 VPI Aries
Scout And JMW-9 Tonearm
Jacob Heilbrunn on a high-value entry from a venerable turntable manufacturer.
Space ‘Table & Arm
Chris Martens on a unique British ‘table and tonearm.
Chris Martens listens to three affordable cartridges from $89 to $299.
Paul Seydor compares four moving coils from $800 to $3000.
"Must-Have" Analog Accessories
Don’t spin vinyl without them!
Surroundings Phonomena Nova And Parasound Zphono
Paul Seydor reports on two sweet phonostages at even sweeter prices.
88 JR Transrotor
Neil Gader on a mid-priced phonostage from Germany’s premier turntable-maker.
90 Art Audio
Jim Hannon has the scoop on a phonostage that mixes tubes, transistors, and transformers
Jonathan Valin on the best phonostage yet from ARC.
98 Basis Audio 2800
Signature Turntable And Vector Model 4 Tonearm
Robert Harley brings you an exclusive look at a truly remarkable piece of turntable and tonearm engineering.
Basis founder A.J. Conti talks with Robert Harley
Workshop: The Golden Dozen LPs
Harry Pearson on the twelve best-sounding LPs of the stereo era.
30 Sonic Anima
And Argenta Loudspeakers
Neil Gader on a classic mini-monitor and an entry-level speaker from an
important new company.
127 Recording of the Issue: Kronos Quartet: Henryk Górecki String
Quartet No. 3
Reviews of the latest CDs and LPs from The National, The Sea and Cake, Modest Mouse,
Pelican, Blonde Redhead, El-P, Aesop Rock, Tinariwen, Neil Young, Dale Watson, Chris
Knight, Uncle Earl, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mavis Staples, Koko Taylor, and Bill
Callahan. Plus, Rhino’s Warren Zevon reissues and audiophile vinyl pressings from Joni Mitchell,
Slayer, Lowell Fulsorn, Earl Hooker, and Muddy Waters.
The scoop on three new Mario Alsop discs, Handel’s Concerti
Grossi, Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 38 and 41, and Elina Garanca’s Aria
Cantilena. Also Testament’s reissue of Wagner’s Göftterdämmerung, SACDs from
Beethoven, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and Rachmaninoff, and two Speakers Corner LPs.
Coverage of new records from Anat Cohen, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Wynton Marsalis,
Robert Glasper, and Mario Adnet, plus a survey of eight Analogue Productions
180-gram, 45rpm, two-LP titles.
160 Back Page:
Questions for mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.
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