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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 241, March 2014 table of contents and
Articles & Reviews In This Issue
4 From The Editor: Another Side of The Coin
Editorial By Robert Harley
10 From the Editor
14 Future TAS
25 The 2014
Editors’ Choice Awards
We pick the best
products in every category and at every price.
Start Me Up
16 Audioengine A2+
Desktop Loudspeaker and D3 DAC
Our new Editorial
Assistant, Spencer Holbert, makes his TAS debut with a review of this
overachieving desktop speaker and miniature USB DAC.
DragonFly 1.2 DAC
improved its massively popular DragonFly — and reduced the price by forty
percent. Spencer Holbert reports.
144 PS Audio
NuWave Phono Converter
NuWave combines a traditional phonostage with an analog-to-digital converter,
making it the ideal device for ripping LPs. Anthony H. Cordesman brings you the
details on this new breed of product.
Sony’s Game-Changing HAP-Z1ES High-Res Music Player
high-resolution digital has never been easier — or more affordable. Steven
Stone reports on Sony’s groundbreaking music player.
162 Aragon 8008
A venerable 1980s
amplifier has been resurrected — and improved, says Neil Gader.
Technologies Atria Loudspeaker
its innovative technologies and artisanal build-quality to the new Atria. Alan
Taffel auditions Rockport’s most affordable loudspeaker.
180 A Personal
Discographic Companion to Inside Llewyn Davis
In response to the
recent Coen Brothers’ film, Mark Lehman selects some of the best early-60s
folk music recordings.
New releases from
Arborea, Neil Young, Jason Isbell, North Mississippi Allstars, Patty Griffin,
Tony Joe White, and Claire Lynch, along with reissues of Big Star and Nina
violinists Jennifer Koh and Hilary Hahn, a banjo concerto (!) from Bela Fleck,
and the letters of Leonard Bernstein.
The latest from
Jane Ira Bloom, the Joachim Kühn Trio, Randy Weston and Billy Harper, and Chris
Biesterfeldt; fine reissues of the Jazz Messengers and John Coltrane.
200 Back Page
Larry Gullman of
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