Articles & Reviews In This Issue
10 From the Editor
12 Industry News
HP on the passing of Stereophile founder J. Gordon Holt.
100 Manufacturer Comments
102 HP's Workshop
The Graham Phantom II pickup arm.
120 Back Page
David Salz of Wireworld talks with Neil Gader.
Loudspeaker Focus Issue
23 Advances in Loudspeaker Technology: A 50-year
Dick Olsher traces the remarkable developments of
high-end loudspeakers from the original Quad to today.
30 On The Horizon
TAS editors on eight promising speakers slated for review from YG Acoustics,
PMC, Gallo, TAD, Totem Acoustic, Jospeh Audio, Ascendo, and Vandersteen.
36 Epos ELS8 Loudspeaker
Steven Stone discovers a brilliant small monitor for under $500.
40 B&W CM7 and Rega RS5 Loudspeakers
Wayne Garcia on two winners from Great Britain, one from well-established
loudspeaker-manufacturer B&W and one from Rega, a company better known for
turntables than terrific loudspeakers.
46 Acoustic Energy Radiance 1 Loudspeaker
The company that virtually defined the mini mini-monitor returns with another
winner, says Steven Stone.
52 Sonics Amerigo Loudspeaker
Neil Gader finds much to love in this mid-priced floorstander.
84 Redefining a Genre: Magico M5 Loudspeaker
Jonathan Valin on a truly great dynamic speaker.
Plus: Interview with Magico Founder Alon Wolf.
14 Start Me Up
Rotel RA-1520 Integrated Amplifier and RCD-1520 CD Player
Neil Gader auditions the long-awaited replacements for Rotel's award-winning
10 Series components.
17 Transparent Audio “The Link” Interconnect and “The
Wave” Speaker Cable
Neil Gader reports on Transparent Audio's most affordable offerings.
18 Absolute Analog: Aesthetix Rhea Signature Phonostage
Robert Harley on the highly upgraded version of his reference phonostage.
56 Aesthetix Atlas Power Amplifier and Janus Signature
Alan Taffel auditions the Signature version of the Janus preamplifier, along
with Aesthetix's first power amplifier, the Atlas. Plus: Interview with
Aesthetix's Jim White.
68 Chord SPM 1050 Power Amplifier
Wayne Garcia listens to “the Mini Cooper S” of power amplifiers.
72 WireWorld Platinum Eclipse Interconnects
Neil Gader on WireWorld's new statement product.
74 Further Thoughts
Alan Taffel takes a second listen to the Benchmark DAC1 PRE.
78 VTL MB-450 Series II Signature Monoblock Amplifier and
TL6.5 Signature Linestage Preamplifier
Paul Seydor auditions VTL's triode/tetrode switchable MB-450 and matching
110 Returning to Forever: Fusion Then and Now
Bill Milkowski sketches the rise, fall, and recent resurgence of the fiery,
mind-bending hybrid jazz/rock genre.
New releases from Elvis Costello and Regina Spektor, a ten-disc box featuring
never-before-issued live performances from Woodstock, and Rachel Bay Jones
turning Broadway into bluegrass.
Haydn's Creation and multicultural
fantasias from Bright Sheng both
in multi-channel along with
two renderings of Korngold's Violin Concerto, Beethoven's Cello Sonatas on
Telarc, and three little-known marvels by Enesco.
Recent outings by MiroslavVitous, Rob Burger, Bobby Broom, and Gary Burton
(with distinguished friends), plus three vintage Blue Notes reissued on 45 rpm
vinyl by Music Matters.
119 Top Ten
Jazz on the organ? Bill Milkowski singles out ten great recordings.
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