Articles & Reviews In This Issue
6 From the Editor
The Single-Ended Triode Paradox
Editorial By Robert Harley
12 From the Editor
15 Industry News
16 Future TAS
141 Manufacturer Comments
18 Start Me Up: Rega Brio-R Integrated Amplifier and USB DAC
England’s Rega makes high-end sound affordable with these two outstanding
products. Neil Gader reports.
24 NAD C 446 Digital Media Tuner
Neil Gader covers a classic tuner from NAD with a few new digital twists.
30 M2Tech Young DAC and Palmer Power Supply
Steven Stone on an Italian-made USB DAC tailored for the computer-audio age.
Special Electronics Focus
39 The 12 Most Significant Preamplifiers of All Time.
53 Designer Roundtable: Nine of the World’s Most Distinguished Designers Weigh
In on the
State of Amplification.
72 Reviews of 11 Preamps and Power Amps at Every Price.
Electronics Equipment Report
72 Onkyo P-3000R Preamplifier and M-5000R Power
In a return to its roots, Onkyo brings you a retro-looking preamplifier and
stereo power amplifier that are anything but "retro" in sound. Neil
Gader has the good news.
76 T+A P 1260R Preamplifier and A 1560R Power Amplifier
Wayne Garcia on a preamp/power-amp pair from Germany’s T+A (Theory and
Application) that sounds all the right notes.
80 Conrad-Johnson ET5 Preamplifier and LP125M Power
The new ET5 and LP125M are “trickle-down” versions of CJ’s $55k
reference-quality GAT and ART. Dick Olsher puts these superb tube electronics
to the test.
86 Hegel H30 Reference Power Amplifier
The 350Wpc H30 stereo amplifier establishes Hegel as a serious contender in
upper-end electronics. Robert Harley brings you the details.
94 Constellation Audio Virgo Linestage, Centaur Power
Amplifier, and Perseus Phonostage
Can’t afford Constellation’s $200k Altair and Hercules? Jonathan Valin has
the scoop on Constellation’s new Performance Series electronics, which offer
virtually the same Altar/Hercules sound for a small fraction of the price.
102 "Mini-Maggie" Loudspeaker System
Chris Martens reports on Magnepan’s attempt to bring the famous sound of its
planar loudspeakers to a smaller package — and at a lower price.
110 Amphion Krypton 3 Loudspeaker
Robert E. Greene lives with a Finnish loudspeaker that takes the listening
room out of the system.
Pass Labs XP-30 Linestage
Dick Olsher reports on the most ambitious linestage yet from one of high-end
audio’s most venerable marques.
122 Ghosts in the Machine
Jeremy Eichler muses on the conflicting claims of sonic realism and
documentary nostalgia in Zenph Sound Innovations’ digital
“re-performances.” Plus a statement of Zenph’s philosophy by company
founder John Q. Walker.
Alan Taffel and Andrew Quint on recent high-res downloads: rock, pop, and
The latest from Lyle Lovett, Dion, Otis Taylor, Willie Nelson, Levee Town, and
the Kentucky Headhunters, along with audiophile reissues of TajMahal and Muddy
Symphonies by Shostakovich, Sibelius, and Vaughan Williams, chamber music by
Bacewicz, piano music by Handel, and an offbeat requiem by Gregory Spears.
New releases courtesy of Esperanza Spalding, Chano Dominguez, and Vijay Iyer;
vintage recordings of George Russell and Steve Lacy.
141 Five Faves:
Wayne Garcia’s music for late-night listening.
144 Back Page
TAS talks to Kathy Gornik, President of Thiel Audio.
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