Enjoy the Music.com
The Absolute Sound

 

The Absolute Sound Issue 214 July / August 2011   Welcome to The Abso!ute Sound online! We 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 214, July / August 2011 table of contents and link to the editorial.

Read this edition's editorial by clicking here.

 

Articles & Reviews In This Issue
06 From the Editor
Paradigm Shift
Editorial By Robert Harley

7 Letters

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.

 

Equipment Reports
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. Cordesman.

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.

 

Music
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.

125 Rock: 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.

129 Jazz: The latest from Matthew Shipp, The City Champs, and Hiromi, along with outstanding reissues of Stan Getz and Roscoe Mitchell.

132 Classical: 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.

 

More
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 Gader.

 

 

SUBSCRIBE!
Click here
to subscribe to The Abso!ute Sound.

Previous Issues

2011

January   February   March   April

May/June

 

2010

January   February   March   April/May

June/July   August   September   October   November/Buying Guide

 

2009

January   February   March   April/May

June/July   August   September   October

November   December

 

2008

January   February   March   April/May

June/July   August   September   October

November    Winter/Spring Buyer's Guide   December

 

2007

January   February   March   April/May

June/July   August   September

October   November   December

 

2006

January   February   March   April/May

June/July   August   September   October

November   December

 

2005

January   February/March  April/May

June/July   August/September  October/November

December

 

2004

January   February/March   April/May

June/July   August/September  October/November

December

 

2003

December/January   February/March   April/May

June/July   August/September   October/November

December

 

2002

June/July   August/September   October/November

 

     
Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc

Superior Audio Archives
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

Videos
Musician Series
Enjoy the Music.TV

Music Reviews
Classical Music
Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, Etc.
Rock, Pop, Techno, Metal, Etc.

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Editorials By Steven R. Rochlin
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Audiolics Anonymous
Nearfield By Steven Stone
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Partner Magazines
The Absolute Sound
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
NOVO (CANADA HiFi)
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

Show Reports
Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2017 CanMania
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2017
CanJam 2017 Denver RMAF
LAAS 2017 Show Report
High End Munich 2017 Show Report
AXPONA 2017 Show Report
CanJam SoCal 2017 Show Report
Montreal Audio Fest 2017 Show Report
CanJam NYC 2017 Report
CES 2017 Show Report & Videos
TAVES 2016 Toronto Show Report
T.H.E. Show Newport 2016
Audio Engineering Society 141 LA
CanJam London 2016 Show Report
Hong Kong AV Show Report 2016
Click here for previous shows.

Resources And Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions
High-End Audio Manufacture Links

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

Internet Browser
Audiophile Internet Browser V12

Mobile Phone Apps
Android Audiophile App

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty
300B Tube Comparison

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

Contests & Join Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

Our Social Media & Video Channel
     

 

 

     

Home  |  Sitemap  |  Industry News  |  Equipment / Music Reviews  |  Press Releases  |  About Us  |  Contact Us

 

All contents copyright©  1995 - 2017  Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.