Articles & Reviews In This Issue
12 Industry News
104 Manufacturer Comments
24 The 2008 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
A sneak preview of the best high-end products coming your way.
16 Start Me Up
Denon adds an SACD twist to the compact audio system. Wayne Garcia reports.
20 Absolute Analog
JV on what may be the world's best phono cartridge, the Air Tight PC-1 Supreme.
52 Paradigm Mini Monitor
What does $500 buy you in today's speaker market? A surprisingly high level of performance, says Steven Stone.
56 Denon DRA-CX3 Integrated Amplifier and DCD-CX3 CD/SACD Player
Neil Gader on a pair of great-sounding and affordable products.
60 Harbeth 40.1 Loudspeaker
Robert E. Greene on an updated version of one of his favorite speakers.
62 Esoteric X-05 CD/SACD Player
Great CD and SACD sound in a gorgeous package, says Neil Gader.
66 A New Standard of Transparency
MartinLogan CLX Electrostatic Speaker
Jonathan Valin on this 21st Century version of an audio classic.
78 The Cutting Edge
Spectral Audio SDR-4000 Pro CD Processor, DMC-30SS Preamplifier, and DMA-360 Monaural Reference Amplifier
Robert Harley auditions a complete system from high-end audio's most enigmatic company.
90 TAS Interview
Spectral Audio Founder Richard Fryer and Chief Designer Keith Johnson get candid with
102 MIT Oracle MA-X Interconnect and Oracle MA Speaker Cable
Sure, they're wildly expensive, but MIT's tops-of-the-line are worth every penny, says Robert Harley.
106 HP's Workshop
HP ruminates on describing the sound of transparency.
110 Recording of The Issue
William Elliott Whitmore: Animals in the Dark.
We talk with William Elliott Whitmore. Also, reviews of new CDs and LPs from A.C. Newman, David Byrne and Brian Eno, Heartless Bastards, Pavement, El Guincho, Belle and Sebastian, J. D. Souther, Crystal Antlers, and Frida Hyvonen. Plus, a deluxe Cheap Trick reissue and audiophile vinyl from Metallica and
A recent SACD of Strauss's Alpine Symphony, a new Schubert lieder disc, Joyce DiDonato's
Furore, and Erwin Schott's debut aria album.
Alex Cline's Continuation and Nels Cline's Coward. Plus, reviews of a new Sonny Rollins archival release, Bill Carrothers'
Home Row, and Charlie Haden's Rambling Boy.
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132 TAS Back Page
Luke Manley of VTL talks with Neil Gader.
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