Articles & Reviews In This Issue
14 From The Editor
16 Future TAS
21 Industry News
Chris Martens reports on new high-end products launched at the CEDIA show.
26 Start Me Up
Wayne Garcia on two working class heroes, the NAD C372 integrated amplifier
and the Paradigm Studio 20 v.4 loudspeaker.
Alan Taffel shows you how to add hi-fl sound to your Mac or PC with aftermarket speakers
and headphones from Klipsch, Acoustic Energy, Altec Lansing, Ferguson-Hill, and Headroom.
132 Manufacturer Comments
Special Report On Music Servers
47 The Brave New World of
Robert Harley introduces you to a new kind of component that will fundamentally transform how you
access your music.
49 Arcam MS250 Music
Alan Taffel reports on Arcam's entry into this new product category.
53 Sooloos Music Server
RH on a state-of-the-art server with an amazing touchscreen interface.
60 Do Hard-Disk Drives
Sound Better than CDs?
RH answers the question.
63 Qsonix Q100/110
RH on another state-of-the-art server with access to high-rez downloads.
69 Sooloos and Qsonix Head-to-Head
A point-by-point comparison of these two top contenders.
71 Interview with Mike
Qsomx's co-founder lays out a striking vision for the future of music servers.
75 Interview with
AIX Records' founder on the future of high-rez downloads.
79 Rolling Your Own
Karl Schuster offers a step-by-step guide to turning your PC into a music
113 Luxman L-550A II Class A integrated amplifier and
DU-50 universal player
Paul Seydor on venerable Japanese manufacturer Luxman's return to the U.S. market.
42 Absolute Analog
Wayne Garcia on the updated Transfiguration Phoenix cartridge and Hanoi
Mera record cleaner.
86 Magnepan MGI2 and
Jonathan Valin on two terrific loudspeaker bargains from Maggie.
90 Naim NACI22x preamp
and NAP150x power amp
WG on a pair of worthy separates from Great Britain.
95 TEAC Esoteric MG-20
Dick Olsher on TEAC Esoteric's first loudspeaker.
SB-301 stereo power amplifier
Neil Gader on a great amp from Plinius.
105 Synergistic Tesla Series
interconnects and speaker cables
NG on a new series of cables from Synergistic.
108 PSB Synchrony Two and
Two B loudspeakers
NG on two new speakers from giant-killer PSB.
120 The Cutting Edge
Audio Research 610T monoblock power amplifier
JV on the best power amp yet from ARC.
128 Metronome Kalista CD player
and C2-A Signature DAC
Jacob Heilbrunn on a cutting-edge CD front end from France.
137 Recording Of The Issue
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: My Foolish Heart.
Coverage of hot releases from Herbie Hancock, John Sco field, Sir Richard Bishop, Abbey
Lincoln, and Clark Terry. Also, the latest Miles Davis box set, The War soundtrack, and a lovely
Keith Jarrett reissue.
We rate Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón's Duets, Mozart's Don Giovanni with
René Jacobs, Wagner's Ring on hybrid SACD, Trio Mediaeval's Folk Songs, Marc-André Hamelin
playing Alkan, Olga Kern's Brahms, Evgeny Kissin's Mozart the Kremerata
Baltica's Mahler's Tenth, and the Silk Road Ensemble's New Impossibilities.
Reviews of new CDs and LPs from Neil Young, John Fogerty, Robert Plant and Alison
Krauss, Mark Knopfler, Bill Medley, Lorenna McKennitt, PJ Harvey, Rio Kiley, Kevin
Drew, Lyle Lovett, Kenny Chesney, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Heaven and Hell, and Porcupine
Tree. Plus, Rhino's Heavy Metal Box, Megadeth and Robyn Hitchcock boxsets, a key Pink
Floyd reissue, and five Ryan Adams LP reissues.
176 We talk to Jim Thiel, co-owner and chief design engineer of Thiel Audio Products.
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