Articles & Reviews In This Issue
06 From the Editor
Editorial By Robert Harley
11 Future TAS
117 Manufacturer Comments
Loudspeaker Focus Equipment Reports
26 REL R-218 Sub-Bass System
This affordable British sub hits all the high (or would that be low?) notes. Neil Gader reports.
32 GoldenEar Triton Two:
Loudspeaker maven Sandy Gross raises the bar in affordable high-performance loudspeakers, says Chris Martens.
40 Sonus Faber Liuto Monitor: Neil Gader evaluates this small-scale Italian gem.
44 Audience ClairAudient 2+2: Are multi-way loudspeakers fundamentally wrong? Dick Olsher listens to an unusual “one-way” stand-mounted transducer.
48 Further Thoughts: Magnepan MG-3.7: Jonathan Valin weighs in on the speaker that sets a new standard for performance at a reasonable price.
54 Paradigm Reference Signature Series Sub 2: Jacob Heilbrunn lives with a pair of one of the most ambitious subwoofers yet developed.
58 Sony SS-AR1: The $27k SS-AR1 shows that Sony is a serious player in top-end loudspeakers, says Robert E. Greene.
74 Olive 06HD Music Server: Olive brings high-resolution capability, single-box simplicity, and great sound to music servers with its new 06HD, says Anthony H.
80 Apex Pinnacle Preamplifier: Dick Olsher evaluates an ultra-minimalist tubed preamp and headphone amplifier from Todd The Vinyl
Junkie's Apex High Fi Audio.
86 Burmester Top Line System: This German company is one of the few to build entire audio
systems — including racks and cables. Alan Taffel lives with Burmester's newest complete package.
92 Cover Story: Magico Q5...
Jonathan Valin reviews Magico's new ultra-high-fidelity flagship — the amazing Q5.
102 The Cutting Edge: Rockport Technologies Altair Loudspeaker
This stunning example of modern industrial art is built like no other
loudspeaker — and offers world-class sound quality. Robert Harley has the details.
15 Start Me Up: Peachtree iDac
Peachtree's new iDac is more than just another iPod docking station — it is a full-featured digital hub as well as a terrific-sounding digital-to-analog converter. Steven Stone reports.
20 Absolute Analog
Air Tight PC-3 Phono Cartridge
Neil Gader on this mid-priced moving coil from one of high-end audio's most musical lines.
66 Next-Gen Digital: Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB Interface
The folks who brought us the amazing Alpha DAC have finally solved the USB-interface problem, says Robert Harley.
110 Interview: Out of the Shadows
Rockport Technologies founder Andy Payor talks about cutting-edge loudspeaker design with Robert Harley.
120 The Real Peter Frampton Stands Up
Jeff Wilson has a candid talk with the legendary rock star about his meteoric rise, fall into obscurity, and recent comeback.
New releases from R.E.M, Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Sierra Hull; a recently discovered early concert from Bob Dylan; and newly assembled retrospectives from Derek and the Dominoes, Neil Diamond, and Arhoolie Records.
The latest from Matthew Shipp, The City Champs, and Hiromi, along with outstanding reissues of Stan Getz and Roscoe Mitchell.
Sonic spectaculars from Ives, Copland, and Chesky; chamber music from Brahms; piano pieces from Mompou; and
Bernstein's nonpareil performances of Shostakovich and Ravel remastered on Impex vinyl.
133 Fives Faves: Stephen Estep finds five treasures among overlooked and unusual roots and world-music albums.
136 Back Page: Legendary recording engineer Bill Schnee talks with Neil
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