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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 207, Spring Buyer's Guide 2011 table of contents and link to the
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Articles & Reviews In This Issue
9 From the Editor
Robert Harley on what a high-end audio system really is.
Editorial By Robert Harley
12 The Democratization of High-End Audio
Andrew Quint offers the controversial view that multichannel audio and DSP room correction have brought high-end sound quality to
14 The Critical Listener's Lexicon
Robert Harley explains the language of critical listeners.
24 Musing on Demo Discs
Wayne Garcia reminisces about the role of the demo disc.
28 The Best Recordings for System Evaluation
Our editors and writers each name their 20 top recordings for assessing sound quality.
40 Loudspeaker Types and How They Work
Robert Harley explains how the three basic types of loudspeakers - cones, electrostats, and planars - turn signals into
200 The 30 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio
Proof positive that high-end audio doesn't have to mean high-priced audio.
62 Stand-Mounted Loudspeakers
70 Floorstanding Loudspeakers
102 Power Amplifiers
117 Integrated Amplifiers
140 CD and SACD Players
154 Music Servers and Other Digital Sources
186 Equipment Racks
188 Power Conditioners
190 Interconnects, Speaker Cables, and Power Cords
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