Articles & Reviews In This Issue
15 Future TAS
New products on the horizon.
18 Industry News
Classical music is alive and well, as evidenced by Harmonia Mundi's 50th anniversary celebration.
Andrew Quint brings you the inside story of this venerable record label.
47 Seven Complete Budget Systems Recommended
We assemble seven terrific-sounding systems to fit any budget.
24 Start Me Up
The stereo receiver comes of age in the Maven from Music Hall. Neil Gader reports.
28 Absolute Analog
Anthony H. Cordesman evaluates the VPI Typhoon record-cleaning machine.
30 TAS Interview
Lyric HiFi's Mike Kay talks with HP about the early days of American high-end audio.
60 Totem Acoustic The One Loudspeaker
Totem pulled out all the stops on this limited-edition speaker commemorating the company's 20th anniversary.
Wayne Garcia has the details.
68 Gershman Acoustics Sonogram Loudspeaker
Neil Gader listens to the newest and most affordable speaker from Canada's Gershman Acoustics.
72 Paradigm Reference Signature Series S1 Mini-monitor
This $1500 mini-monitor's advanced technology and pure beryllium tweeter pay off in the listening room, says Steven Stone.
78 Atma-Sphere M-60 Mk III OTL Amplifier and MP-3 Preamplifier
What's all this fuss about output-transformerless amplifiers?
Sue Kraft auditions a pair of OTLs from that stalwart proponent of OTL amps, Atma-Sphere Music Systems.
82 Pass Labs INT-150 Integrated Amplifier
Pass Labs hits one out of the park with its first integrated amplifier, says Neil
The Cutting Edge
86 JL Audio Gotham Subwoofer
Alan Taffel on one of the most ambitious subwoofers ever made.
94 Burmester 069 CD Player
This gorgeous two-box CD player from Germany's Burmester pushes more than a few boundaries.
Anthony H. Cordesman reports.
104 HP's Workshop
HP auditions the Zanden 1200mk2 phonostage and considers the problem of differing LP equalization curves.
Of The Issue
Schmidt: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln.
We interview genre-blurring rock artist Alejandro Escovedo. Plus, new albums from The Hold Steady, Coldplay, Wolf Parade, The Fiery Furnaces, Supergrass, The Baseball Project, Danny Paisley, Nachtmystium, and Gates of Slumber. Plus new archival releases from Billy Joel and Black Sabbath, and high-grade LPs from Fleet Foxes, Shearwater, and Neil Young.
New discs from Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, John Beasley, Mike Garson, Todd Sickafoose, and Joe Wilder-Marshall Royal Quintet. Plus, two more Music Matters 45rpm LP reissues.
Two recordings of the music of Einojuhani Rautavaara, Wheeler's The Construction of
Boston, Anne Sofie Von Otter performing Swedish songs, Sibelius' Kullervo Symphony, Lord's
Boom of the Tingling Strings, a glorious Bach Motets, Jordi Savall's Estampies & Danses Royales, and the Zuckerman
Chamber Players' take on Schubert and Mozart.
TAS Back Page
144 TAS Back Page
Totem Acoustic's Vince Bruzzese.
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