Articles & Reviews In This Issue
05 From the Editor
What Is A Golden Ear?
Editorial By Andrew Quint
10 From the Editor
12 Future TAS
25 The Ten Most Significant Turntables of All Time We name — and rank — the ten most influential LP-spinners of the hi-fi era.
34 Cover Story: Clearaudio Ovation Turntable
This new mid-priced ‘table delivers great sound without the tweaky setup. Wayne Garcia reports on an LP rig for the rest of us.
100 The Cutting Edge: The Sonus faber Loudspeaker
Those Italian maestros have created their most audacious loudspeaker yet. Robert Harley reports on this $200,000 technological showcase.
14 Start Me Up: Three Audio-Technica Cartridges from $119 to $485
Neil Gader finds a real gem among these affordable moving-magnet cartridges.
18 Next-Gen Digital: NuForce/Oppo BDP-93 NE and BDP-93 NXE Blu-ray Disc Player
The terrific Oppo Blu-ray Disc player soars to new sonic heights with NuForce’s modifications. Steven Stone drives this hot rod.
Analog Equipment Reports
42 VPI Classic 3 Turntable
Neil Gader discovers the joys of a traditional look and feel in a modern turntable.
48 Okki-Nokki RCM Record-Cleaning Machine
The name may be funny, but the $599 Okki-Nokki is a serious record-cleaning machine, says Paul
52 High-End Analog Roundup
Jonathan Valin on three outstanding moving coils from Benz, H&S, and Clearaudio, and a great LP cleaning machine. PLUS: Inside the Benz and Clearaudio factories.
64 Parasound Halo JC 3 Phono Preamplifier
Parasound brings John Curl’s genius to a mid-priced phonostage. Neil Gader has the good news.
68 SME Model 20/3 Turntable and Series IV.Vi Arm
Paul Seydor lives with this new ’table and arm from one of Britain’s founding-father turntable manufacturers.
77 The Cutting Edge: AAS Gabriel/Da Vinci Audio Reference
Turntable Mk II
JV reviews the Mk II version of this beautiful Swiss record player.
84 Wharfedale Opus2 M2 Loudspeaker
Bigger than a monitor but not quite a floorstander, this compact three-way delivers affordable excellence, says Kirk
88 Bel Canto 3.5 VB DAC/Digital Control Center
Steven Stone evaluates the latest mid-priced DAC from Bel Canto.
96 Volent Paragon VL-2 SE Loudspeaker
There’s much to like in this stand-mounted hybrid-ribbon loudspeaker, says Dick Olsher.
112 HP’s Workshop
Harry Pearson on the Ten Most Significant Turntables of All Time.
118 Manufacturer Comments
122 The Mahler Project
Wayne Garcia on the groundbreaking release of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s complete Mahler cycle on twenty-two 180-gram LPs.
127 Fives Faves
Mark Lehman selects five great solo violin recordings. On vinyl, natch.
New vinyl releases from Robbie Robertson, Holly Golightly, and Pat Conte, and vinyl reissues of Marvin Gaye, Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, Santana, and Wizz Jones.
New LPs from Rova Zorn, Pat Metheny, and Starlicker, along with audiophile LP reissues of Michael Brecker and Ben Webster.
Works by Dvorák, Vivaldi, and Beethoven newly recorded, and classic performances by Igor Markevitch and Martha Argerich newly reissued — on vinyl.
136 Back Page
Peter Ledermann, President and Chief Engineer of The Soundsmith Corporation, talks with Neil Gader.
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