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The Absolute Sound Issue 247 November 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 247, November 2014 table of contents and editorial.

 

Articles & Reviews In This Issue
4 From The Editor: The Best Of Both Worlds
Editorial By Robert Harley

8 Letters

12 From the Editor: Robert Harley looks at the radically changing landscape of today's audio products.

 

Industry News
14 Neil Gader brings you highlights of the fifth annual California Audio Show.

18 Jeff Wilson offers a moving tribute to jazz great Charlie Haden.

22  Robert Harley visits Albert Von Schweikert's design laboratory to see firsthand his work-in-progress mega-speaker.

26 KEF, DALI, and Rega introduce new products at Audio/Vision San Francisco's event celebrating its new location.

 

Equipment Reports
88 Bluesound Ecosystem
The folks behind NAD and PSB bring you a wireless multi-room audio system. Spencer Holbert reports.

94 Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse Digital-to-Analog Converter
Steven Stone reports on a terrific and affordable DAC that does it all.

100 Magnepan 3.7i Loudspeaker
Is there a higher-value loudspeaker than the new Magnepan 3.7i? Jacob Heilbrunn doesn't think so.

104 Jeff's Sound simple mat
Spencer Holbert on a lower-noise turntable mat.

187 Manufacturer Comments

 

Articles
30 The Personal Audio Revolution
Your Guide to Computer and Portable Digital Audio 
Spencer Holbert tells you how to join the personal audio revolution.

44 Music Feature beginner's basics
Seventeen TAS contributors select ten "entry" recordings that offer ideal introductions to various kinds of music.

264 The 40 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio (and where to find them in this issue)
We pick the greatest values in high-end audio today.

110 Desktop Loudspeakers
113 Stand-Mounted Loudspeakers
122 Floorstanding Loudspeakers
142 Subwoofers
143 Power Amplifiers
163 Integrated Amplifiers
170 All-In-One Systems
172 Preamplifiers
183 Phonostages
188 CD/SACD Players
192 DACs
200 Servers, Peripherals, Portable Music
202 Turntables and Record Players
210 Tonearms
214 Phono Cartridges
220 Tuners, Tape Players, Record Cleaners 
224 Equipment Racks 
226 Power Conditioners
228 Interconnects and Loudspeaker Cables
238 Power Cords
242 Digital Cables
244 Headphone Amplifiers and Headphones
254 Acoustic Treatments
256 Accessories and Books

 

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