Articles & Reviews In This Issue
06 From the Editor
Grass Roots Audio
Editorial By Robert Harley
12 From the Editor
15 Future TAS: New products on the
130 HP's Workshop: HP's Editor's
139 Manufacturer Comments
Start Me Up
18 Silverline Minuet Supreme Loudspeaker
A little gem that delivers sound quality far above what its size and price
would suggest. Steven Stone brings you the scoop.
22 Vincent Audio PHO-8 Phonostage: Neil Gader on a $400
phonostage that defies expectations.
26 High-Resolution Technologies Music Streamer Pro USB DAC: Robert
Harley listens to a $500 DAC with an asynchronous USB input.
31 The 2011 Editors' Choice Awards: This
is the big one! We pick the best gear at every price
level in every product category.
109 Marantz SA8004 CD/SACD Player
After auditioning this $995 multi-format disc player, Paul Seydor asks, "Why
113 Klipsch RF-82 II Loudspeaker
Kirk Midtskog evaluates a horn-loaded loudspeaker from the company that's been
building horn-loaded loudspeakers since 1946.
116 Cable Research Labs Bronze Series Cable and Interconnect
This "package deal" from CRL will let you wire your entire audio system —
and still have money left over for new music. Neil Gader brings you the good
118 Further Thoughts: TAD-CR1 Compact Reference Monitor
Jonathan Valin offers his opinion of the Technical Audio Devices CR1, first
reviewed by Neil Gader in Issue 205.
120 Cover Story
Ayon Audio Vulcan II Power Amplifier, Polaris III Preamplifier, and CD5s CD
Player/DAC. Blurring the Line Between Reality and
Reproduction By Peter Breuninger
140 Black Dub: Sound and Soul
Sherri Lehman talks to influential musician and studio-meister Daniel Lanois
about his new band and his technical and aesthetic preferences.
Debuts from Black Dub and Frank Solivan; new releases from Sufjan Stevens and
Joanne Shaw Taylor; reissues and rediscoveries from Jimi Hendrix, Percy
Sledge, and Jerry Garcia; and a stellar follow-up to world-music blockbuster
Buena Vista Social Club.
The latest from Cecil Taylor, Joe Lovano, and Marcus Miller, plus four
terrific new SACD reissues from Analogue Productions.
Virtuoso renderings of Shostakovich on piano, Bernstein on clarinet, and
Enesco on violin, along with popular orchestral showpieces by Ravel and
little-known string quartets by Albrecht.
157 Top Ten
Jeff Wilson selects the coolest jazz vibes of the 60s and 70s.
160 Back Page
Magnepan's Wendell Diller talks with Neil Gader.
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