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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 227, 2013 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide table of contents and link to the
Articles & Reviews In This Issue
6 From the Editor
The Big Tent
Editorial By Robert Harley
High End Audio Buyer's Guide
Mini-Reviews of Our Top Picks in Every Category and Every Price
68 Desktop Loudspeakers
70 Stand-Mounted Loudspeakers
78 Floorstanding Loudspeakers
98 Power Amplifiers
110 Integrated Amplifiers
118 All-In-One Systems
136 CD and SACD Players
146 Music Servers and Peripherals
151 DSP Loudspeaker and Room Correction
154 Turntables and Record Players
168 Phono Cartridges
176 Record-Cleaning Machines
178 Equipment Racks
180 Power Conditioners
182 Interconnects and Loudspeaker Cables
192 Power Cords
194 USB Cables
8 From The Editor:
What makes an audio component "high-end" rather than "mass-market?" Robert Harley reflects on this question
— and on why high-end doesn't have to mean high-priced.
10 A New On-line Home for The Absolute Sound:
Take a guided tour of our terrific new Web site, TheAbsoluteSound.com.
12 Computer Audio Demystified 2.0:
This newly revised and updated guide to computer audio will bring newbies up to speed, while offering advanced users essential techniques for achieving state-of-the-art
40 Music Feature: Personal Faves Lists:
Our writers pick their ten favorite recordings in a slew of different genres and sub-genres.
216 The 32 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio (and Where to Find Them in This Issue)
We pick some of the most spectacular values in high-end audio today.
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