Articles & Reviews In This Issue
Praise for our analog-focus issue, reaction to the Spectral review and interview, a musical bargain, powered loudspeakers, counterfeit Koetsu cartridges, and that ol' analog-versus-digital debate.
From the Editor
Alan Taffel, in a guest editorial, considers the
high-end's pursuit of spatial realism in reproduced music.
18 Start Me Up
Primare DVDI10 CD/DVD Receiver
Neil Gader on this affordable all-in-one package from
20 Absolute Analog
TW Acustic Raven One Turntable
Is the Raven One the best value in mid-priced turntables? Wayne Garcia weighs in.
24 DaVinci Audio Labs Reference
Grandezza Phono Cartridge
Jonathan Valin listens to a world-class cartridge from Switzerland
28 Mainstream Multichannel
Sony STR-DA5400ES Receiver and BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray Disc Player
Sony puts the emphasis on sound quality in its new AVR and Blu-ray player.
Neil Gader reports.
32 Next-Gen Digital
Logitech Transporter Network Music Player
Sound Science Music Vault II
Steven Stone on a high-def music server for under $2k, coupled with the Fort Knox of networked hard drives.
58 Goldenote S-1 Signature Integrated Amplifier and Koala CD
Robert Harley reports on one of the best sub-$2k integrated amps and a tubed
CD player, both from Italy’s Goldenote
60 Harbeth HLP-3ES2 Loudspeaker
Paul Seydor on his reference in small monitors, along with an interview with its designer, Alan Shaw.
66 Argentum Acoustics Aureus-2 Speaker Cable and Mythos Interconnect
Neil Gader discovers a bargain in mid-priced cables.
70 Wyrd4Sound SX-1000 and Bel Canto Ref 1000 Mk II Monoblock
Are Class D amplifiers ready for prime time? Steven Stone reports on two new
76 Krell S-300i Integrated Amplifier
Thought you couldn’t afford a Krell? Think again. Neil Gader on this
80 Conrad-Johnson ET2 Preamplifier and LP66S Power Amplifier
Dick Olsher finds much to like in the entry-level tubed gear from one of the
most venerable marques in high-end audio.
86Running Springs Audio Dmitri AC Power Conditioner
Robert Harley discovers a new reference in AC power conditioning.
92 Tascam DV-RA1000HD High-Resolution Digital Recorder
Make your own high-res recordings (or LP arch
98 Loiminchay Chagall Loudspeaker
With a stunning — and stunningly different — enclosure, the Chagall makes
a highly favorable impression on Anthony H. Cordesman.
104 Cover Story
Focal Grande Utopia EM Loudspeaker
Roy Gregory reports on this $180,000 contender for world’s best loudspeaker.
HP's 2009 Golden Ear Awards
Feature: Impulse and Blue Note Reissues from Acoustic Sounds
Wayne Garcia on the newest batch on jazz classics reborn on 45rpm vinyl.
New releases from Antony and the Johnsons, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks,
and Joan Baez, along with the Band’s classic second album
reissued on LP, and a collection of 40-year-old Willie
Nelson recordings re-produced "naked."
Diva Cecilia Bartoli shines in Bellini’s La
Sonnambula, Rudolf Kempe in Strauss, and Guitarist
Jason Vieaux in Bach. Plus new recordings of Shostakovich and Mozart in
Recent offerings from Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio, Branford Marsalis,
Benny Golson, John Scofield, and Joe Lovano.
137 Top Ten
Greg Cahill selects Ten Great Gypsy-Jazz CDs.
An interview with Parasound founder Richard Schramm.
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