Articles & Reviews In This Issue
6 From the Editor: Trends
Editorial By Robert Harley
12 From the Editor
14 Future TAS: New products on the horizon.
16 Now On theabsolutesound.com: This month's best content on our new Web site.
18 Industry News
Chris Martens on loudspeakers at CEDIA. Robert Harley visits Istanbul to
report on Absolare, a unique line of electronics with a global design concept.
Plus: RH takes you inside Istanbul's Extreme Audio — the world's greatest
61 The 2012 Product of the Year Awards: We select the very best components of last year.
41 Speakers Corner, Air Studios, Decca Records, &
Golden-Age Vinyl Folklore
Rob Pennock gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the analog remastering of
Golden Age treasures from the Decca catalog.
32 Start Me Up: Monitor Audio GX50 Loudspeaker
Neil Gader on an affordable stand-mounted two-way from England's Monitor
36 Next-Gen Digital: DragonFly Follow-Up
Alan Taffel tries out AudioQuest's revolutionary $249 DragonFly USB DAC in a
desktop audio system.
106 NuForce DDA-100 Digital Integrated Amplifier
Steven Stone discovers an amazing bargain in this $595 integrated with a
direct-digital signal path.
112 Wyred4Sound mINT (mini-Integrated Amplifier)
Wyred4Sound's integrated is diminutive in everything but musicality, says
116 Plinius Hautonga Integrated Amplifier
This powerhouse integrated amp from New Zealand has Paul Seydor swooning.
120 Sony SS-AR2 Loudspeaker: The scaled-down, less-expensive version of Sony's
acclaimed SS-AR1 retains much of its big brother's superior sound, says
Robert E. Greene.
128 Peachtree Grand Pre X1 Preamplifier & DAC
Wayne Garcia on a full-function preamplifier from Peachtree that combines an
advanced digital-to-analog converter with a tube buffer stage.
132 Acoustic Zen Crescendo Loudspeaker
The transmission-line enclosure makes a spectacular return in the
easy-to-drive Crescendo, says Dick Olsher.
136 GamuT D200i Power Amplifier
Confirmed tube-amplifier aficionado Kirk Midtskog finds much to like in this
new Danish solid-state amp. PLUS: A visit to the GamuT factory.
144 TAD Evolution One Loudspeaker, M2500 Power Amplifier,
and C2000 Preamplifier
NG on the new entry-level offering in TAD's celebrated line of
coincident-driver loudspeakers.Plus a complete report on TAD's new
152 Crystal Cable Absolute Dream Interconnects, Loudspeaker
Cable, and AC Cords
It's been years since Jonathan Valin reviewed a cable, inter-connect, or
power cord. Find out why he's made Crystal Cable's top-of-the-line
Absolute Dreams the exceptions.
158 Talon Phoenix Loudspeaker
The aptly named Phoenix represents the resurrection of
loudspeaker-manufacturer Talon. Anthony H. Cordesman reports on this ambitious
new transducer from Rives Audio.
168 Audio Research Reference 5 SE Linestage, Reference Phono
2 SE Phonostage, and Reference 250 Power Amplifier
Founder William Zane Johnson may be gone, but the Audio Research Corporation
continues to make class-leading tube electronics, none better than this latest
bunch of Reference Series components, says JV.
182 Magico Q7 Loudspeaker
Magico's flagship Q7 is nothing short of a landmark achievement, says Robert
202 Mercury Living Presence: The Collector's
Arthur Lintgen on the bargain-priced 50-CD box-set culled from the Mercury
204 Download Round-Up: Alan Taffel and Andrew Quint review recent hi-res
208 Flight of the Concord Celebrated concert pianist Jeremy
Denk contemplates the perils o
f studio recording.
216 Rock: The latest from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison,
Mark Knopfler, Lynda Randle, and The Roys; a superb LP reissue of bluesman
Frank Frost; and Danish music for a quiet winter night.
222 Classical: Tone-poems by Josef Suk; Beethoven by Glenn
Gould; Armenian laments by JordiSavall; folksongs by Hirundo Maris; Broadway
show tunes by Jenny Lin; and orchestral dances on Reference Recordings vinyl.
226 Jazz: Kurt Elling and Bill Laswell in new releases; Dave
Brubeck, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Ben Webster, and Clare Fischer in stellar
229 Five Faves: Jeff Wilson on his favorite strange tales from Steely
198 Manufacturer Comments
232 Back Page: Neil Gader talks to Manny LaCarrubba, Founder,
Sausalito Audio, LLC, and Chief Engineer, Performance Media Industries, ltd.
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