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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 217, November 2011 table of contents and link to the
Articles & Reviews In This Issue
05 From the Editor
We are just entering a new Golden Age of audio.
Editorial By Robert Harley
8 COMPUTER AUDIO & iTUNES DEMYSTIFIED
Want to join the computer-audio revolution but don’t know where to start? This comprehensive
10-page soup-to-nuts primer tells you everything you need to know.
26 AMPLIFIER TYPES AND HOW THEY WORK
Robert Harley explains — in plain English — the differences between power amplifiers —
Class A, Class B, Class A/B, switching, digital, SET, push-pull, and single-ended.
36 NEW AND UPCOMING REISSUES
Wayne Garcia on the golden oldies in store for music lovers on LP, CD, SACD, and download.
40 TAS REISSUE WISH LIST
Our editors and writers each name the recordings they would most like to see reissued.
64 STAND-MOUNTED LOUDSPEAKERS
74 FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKERS
93 POWER AMPLIFIERS
106 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIERS
125 CD AND SACD PLAYERS
134 DACs, MUSIC SERVERS, AND OTHER DIGITAL SOURCES
162 RECORD-CLEANING MACHINES
164 EQUIPMENT RACKS
166 POWER CONDITIONERS
168 INTERCONNECTS, SPEAKER CABLES, AND POWER CORDS
183 HEADPHONE BUYER’S GUIDE
We pick the 29 best headphones for every purpose — on-the-go, high-end home listening,
200 THE 30 GREATEST BARGAINS IN HIGH-END AUDIO (AND WHERE TO FIND THEM IN THIS ISSUE)
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