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The Absolute Sound Issue 241 March 2014   Welcome to The Abso!ute Sound online! We 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 editorial.

 

Articles & Reviews In This Issue
4 From The Editor: Another Side of The Coin
Editorial By Robert Harley

6 Letters

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.

20 AudioQuest DragonFly 1.2 DAC
AudioQuest has improved its massively popular DragonFly — and reduced the price by forty percent. Spencer Holbert reports.

 

Equipment Reports
144 PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter
PS Audio’s 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.

152 Scoop! Sony’s Game-Changing HAP-Z1ES High-Res Music Player
Enjoying high-resolution digital has never been easier — or more affordable. Steven Stone reports on Sony’s groundbreaking music player.

162 Aragon 8008 Power Amplifier
A venerable 1980s amplifier has been resurrected — and improved, says Neil Gader.

168 Rockport Technologies Atria Loudspeaker
Rockport brings its innovative technologies and artisanal build-quality to the new Atria. Alan Taffel auditions Rockport’s most affordable loudspeaker.

 

Music
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.

192 Rock
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 Simone.

196 Classical
Recitals from violinists Jennifer Koh and Hilary Hahn, a banjo concerto (!) from Bela Fleck, and the letters of Leonard Bernstein.

198 Jazz
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 MSB Technology.

 

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