Articles & Reviews In This Issue
12 Future TAS
New products on the horizon.
14 Industry News
105 Manufacturer Comments
Analog Equipment Reports
21 How to Choose an LP Playback system
29 Our Top Picks in Turntables, Cartridges, and Phonostages
44 Analog BONANZA! Four LP Playback Systems From $450–$2k
Music Hall MMF2.2, Pro-JectXpression III, Rega P3-24, Nottingham
56 ginko audio cloud 14 turntable isolation platform
Paul Seydor on a simple way of improving the sound of budget and mid-priced
58 Analog Buyer's Guide
64 PS Audio GCPH Phonostage
This feature-laden and affordable phonostage could be the best value on the
planet, says Chris Martens.
66 Benz Glider SM Phono Cartridge
The Glider perfectly bridges the gap between moving-coil resolution and
moving-magnet tonality, says Neil Gader.
68 Well Tempered Labs Amadeus Turntable
The iconic Well Tempered Turntable returns in a new, more affordable,
incarnation. Robert E. Greene reports.
74 Three Phonostages for Any Budget: Clearaudio Nano,
Phonomena II, and Graham Slee Era Gold
Neil Gader compares three phonostages from $350 to $1390.
76 Grado Reference Platinum Cartridge
Chris Martens on an amazing value in phono cartridges.
78 Tri-Planar VII U II Tonearm
This classic arm just got better with some significant updates. Wayne Garcia
has the details.
16 Start Me Up
Neil Gader on a professional powered monitor from KRK.
36 Next-Gen Digital: How to Convert Your LPs to Digital
Steven Stone on everything you need to know to move your vinyl collection into
the digital age.
80 Cerwin-Vega CLS-215
Robert E. Greene reports on an affordable loudspeaker from an unlikely source.
84 Esoteric A-100 Tubed Power Amplifier
A company known for digital products makes a reference-grade tube power
Dick Olsher evaluates this surprising design.
The Cutting Edge
90 AAS Gabriel/Da Vinci Turntable and Da Vinci Grandeeza
This masterpiece of turntable and tonearm art inspires Jonathan Valin to
ruminate on the reproduction of music's dynamic scale.
98 HP's Workshop
HP listens to a modern JansZen electrostatic loudspeaker.
108 Recording Of The Issue
Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Beware
New CDs and LPs from Andrew Bird, Fiction Family, and Cat Power. Plus, two Cat
Stevens reissues, the all-star Dark Was the Night compilation, a book
from The Oxford American, and audiophile vinyl from Metallica, Faith No
More, Roy Orbison, and Neil Young.
Pianist Andreas Staier's recent Hommage à Bach disc and John
Corigliano's A Dylan Thomas Trilogy. Plus another installment of
New albums from the Broken Arm Trio, New Jazz Composers Octet, Eliane Elias,
and Jovino Santos Neto. Also, two more 45rpm vinyl Blue Note reissues from
TAS Back Page
120 Mathew Bond of Tara Labs talks with Neil Gader.
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