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explore music and the reproduction of music in the home. We believe that the sound of music, unamplified, occurring in a real space is a philosophic absolute against which we may judge the performance of devices designed to reproduce music. Our goal is to provide the resources consumers need to judge how a component's sound either honors or departs from the music's truth, and to make sound purchasing decisions that maximize their experience of reproduced sound. Below is our
Issue 197, November 2009 contents and editorial.
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Articles & Reviews In This Issue
6 From the
Why high-end audio has never been a greater value.
8 Fourteen Ways to Improve Your System
Robert Harley offers simple and inexpensive tips for better sound.
12 A Music Lover's Guide to Computer-Based
Steven Stone walks you through choosing, setting up, and enjoying a
hard-drive-based music system.
22 Guide to Better Bass
Everything you need to know to get great bass from your system.
36 Analog Lives! A Guide To LP Playback
Wayne Garcia shows you how to get into — or back into — vinyl.
44 How to Choose Interconnects and Loudspeaker Cables
Robert Harley answers the vexing question of how to pick the best cables for
48 A Short Survey of Audiophile Record Labels
Wayne Garcia on the folks who make the best-sounding LPs and CDs.
52 The Best-Sounding LPs, CDs, and SACDs
Our staff chooses the crème de la crème of great music and spectacular
65 High-End Audio Buyers' Guide
Mini-reviews of our top picks in every category and every price.
66 Stand-Mounted Loudspeakers
74 Floorstanding Loudspeakers
94 Power Amplifiers
102 Integrated Amplifiers
126 CD and SACD Players
136 Servers and Other Digital Sources
158 Tabletop Systems
160 Equipment Racks
164 Power Conditioners
168 Interconnects, Speaker Cables, and Power Cords
176 The 18 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio (and
Where to Find Them in This Issue)
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