Articles & Reviews In This Issue
6 From the Editor:
Know Your Audience
Editorial By Robert Harley
15 Industry News
16 Start Me Up: KEF LS50 Loudspeaker
The venerable British loudspeaker-manufacturer creates a
stunning $1499 monitor to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Neil Gader reports.
2013 Editor's Choice Awards
We Feature 56 Pages of our Top Picks in Every Category and at Every Price
48 POWER AMPLIFIERS
60 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIERS
66 iPOD DOCKS AND ALL-IN-ONE SYSTEMS
80 DISC PLAYERS
84 DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTERS
90 MUSIC SERVERS
92 DIGITAL FORMAT CONVERTERS & CLOCKS
92 TURNTABLES & RECORD PLAYERS
111 ANALOG SOURCES, RECEIVERS
112 TUNERS, PROCESSORS, DSP CORRECTION
112 INTERCONNECTS & SPEAKER CABLES
120 POWER CORDS
122 EARPHONES & IN-EAR MONITORS
128 HEADPHONE AMPS
128 EQUIPMENT RACKS
130 POWER CONDITIONERS
142 ExaSound e20 Digital-to-Analog Converter
New TAS reviewer Vade Forrester on a highly capable
mid-priced DAC that gives us a hint of the future of high-resolution DSD
148 Bryston B-135 SST2 Integrated Amplifier
The Canadian electronics company celebrates its 50
anniversary with this 135Wpc integrated amp. Kirk Midtskog has the details.
152 Bel Canto mLink, uLink, and REF Link USB Converters
Steven Stone looks at three new USB converters.
156 Simaudio 810 LP Phonostage
Robert Harley is floored by this ultra-quiet,
ultra-detailed, and ultra-musical phonostage from always-reliable Simaudio.
147 Manufacturer Comments
162 The Essential Zappa
Greg Cahill surveys the brilliant career and polymorphous
output of one of the most independent, inventive, and original musicians of
166 Download Round-Up
Alan Taffel reviews recent hi-res downloads of classic rock
Neo-soul from MeshellNdegeocello and Macy Gray; neo-country
from John Hiatt and Greg Brown; neo-folk from Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott;
neo-world music from Taarka; neo-hip-hop from MC Yogi; new blues from Darren
Jay & the Delta Souls; and (really) old blues from Cin-city.
Sterling performances of Fauré, Bach, Britten, Finzi,
Ciurlionis, Mortensen, and French Flute Favorites.
New releases from Wayne Shorter, Jason Robinson, and Chris
Potter; in-concert recordings by Magico and Keith Jarrett rescued from ECM’s
vaults; and Gil Evans’ Out of the Cool on 45rpm vinyl.
173 Five Faves
Greg Cahill on five great albums by notable post-2000
176 Back Page
Neil Gader talks with Greg Stidsen of NAD Electronics and
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