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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 246, October 2014 table of contents and
Articles & Reviews In This Issue
4 From The Editor: Letter
Editorial By Robert Harley
10 From the Editor: Robert Harley dispels a popular notion about building an
12 Future TAS: New products on the horizon.
13 Industry News: The New York Audio Show, now in a new venue, promises to
be bigger and better than ever.
141 Manufacturer Comments
18 T.H.E. Show Newport 2014: The latest and best new gear
from the Newport Show.
38 New Methods for Quantifying Sonic Performance
In this groundbreaking work, Chuck Zellig, Ph.D., and Jay Clawson attempt to
create a universal, transportable scale for measuring sound quality.
14 Klaudio KD-CLN-LP200 Ultrasonic Record Cleaner
Andre Jennings reports on the advantages of ultrasonic LP cleaning.
54 ClairAudient 1+1 Personal Reference Monitor
Steven Stone discovers a spectacular desktop loudspeaker—and Robert Harley
explains why it is also perfect for small rooms.
60 GoldenEar Technology Triton One Loudspeaker
GoldenEar has offered some of the best-performing affordable speakers. Now the
company has set its sights higher with the $4995 Triton One. Anthony H.
Cordesman has the good news.
68 Vienna Acoustics Liszt Loudspeaker
With "Vienna" and "Liszt" in its name, a loudspeaker had better deliver
the goods. The Liszt more than lives up to its namesakes, says Jacob Heilbrunn.
72 Endeavor Audio Engineering E-3 Loudspeaker
Newcomer Endeavor Audio Engineering hits it out of the park with its first
offering, the $6995 E-3 floorstander. Spencer Holbert reports.
76 ENIGMAcoustics Mythology M1 Loudspeaker
With innovative custom drivers, ENIGMAcoustics has created a remarkable
stand-mounted loudspeaker. Dick Olsher brings you the details.
82 GamuT RS5 Superior Loudspeaker
Robert E. Greene offers an in-depth and insightful analysis of this upper-end
88 Magico S5 Loudspeaker
Alan Taffel explains why the S5 may be his favorite speaker in the Magico line.
94 VTL Siegfried Series II Power Amplifiers
These 650-watt monoblocks offer not just Wagnerian power and scope, but also
grace and finesse, says Jacob Heilbrunn.
98 Audeze LCD-X Headphones
Infinity Systems co-founder and hi-fi legend Arnie Nudell explains why, after
nearly 50 years of designing state-of-the-art loudspeakers, he's fallen in
love with headphones—and with the Audeze LCD-X in particular.
108 Auralic Gemini 2000 Headphone Dock
Steven Stone listens to this most unusual headphone amplifier from innovator
Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series
You haven't heard digital audio's potential until you've heard the new
Alpha Reference. Robert Harley reports on this landmark product.
The Cutting Edge
116 Raidho Acoustics D-5 Loudspeaker
Jonathan Valin reports on his new reference speaker—Raidho's
gorgeous-looking, gorgeous-sounding, diamond-driver D-5 floorstander.
142 New and Reissued Vinyl from Blue Note and ECM
Recordings new and classic from two great jazz labels are back on black disc.
Jeff Wilson reports.
146 The Beatles Get Back to Mono
The British supergroup returns in original monophonic sound. Jeff Wilson gets
the backstory from Abbey Road's Sean Magee.
The latest from Jack White, Brian Eno, Chris Smither, Steve Wynn, Somi, Peter
Rowan, Candi Staton, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and Michael Cleveland, along
with a set of in-concert recordings by Crosby, Still, Nash & Young.
Orchestral showpieces in multichannel from Pentatone, Dvorák on SACD and dance
spectaculars on vinyl from Reference, Stile Antico on Harmonia Mundi, "Epic
Songs" on Ligia, Brahms chamber music on Foghorn, and a new West Side Story
from Tilson Thomas.
Recent outings by Bobby Hutcherson and pals, Matthew Shipp, Steve Khan, and
Dylan Howe, plus a sterling reissue of John Carter and Bobby Bradford.
168 We chat with Joe Reynolds of Nordost.
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