The Absolute Sound
May / June 2023
The Absolute Sound is the
world's preeminent source of expert product reviews, features, and commentary on
high-performance audio. Since 1973, TAS has set the standard for quality
audio and music journalism, helping to shape the industry and guiding audio
enthusiasts and music lovers to components and recordings that faithfully
reproduce the sounds one might hear in a good concert hall. The Absolute
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From the Editor
Inside The Sausage Factory
Robert Harley explains how The Absolute Sound chooses products for review.
Editorial By Robert Harley
How do we choose products for review in The
Absolute Sound? Why do we review certain products and not others? What are
the criteria for inclusion in the magazine? I'm sure that many readers have
asked these questions, so I'll share with you some of the decision-making that
goes into the process. I'll also let you in on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering
that sometimes occurs as manufacturers jockey for position in the magazine.
Although we publish many more product reviews than other magazines, TAS
can review only about 80 to 90 products per year. That math dictates that we
must be very selective in choosing review products out of the many hundreds of
new-product introductions every year. The selection criteria start with whether
we have reason to believe the product will be outstanding.
---> Inside The Sausage Factory.
Rockport Technologies Orion Loudspeaker
This all-new model from venerable Rockport brings world-class performance —
and some surprising twists — to a moderately sized loudspeaker. Robert Harley
brings you a full sonic, musical, and technical assessment of this mid-sized
We listen to our readers.
The Florida International Audio Expo
Alan Taffel and Andrew Quint report on the hottest new gear
Geometry Of The Orchestra
Robert E. Greene examines the constraints — and miracle —
of reproducing an orchestra's scale on a hi-fi system.
Kuzma Safir Tonearm
This technically innovative tonearm from Frank Kuzma offers
state-of-the-art performance at a less lofty price, says Michael Fremer.
Lyra Etna Lambda Phono Cartridge
What's in a name? Plenty, if that name includes the "Lambda"
suffix. Alan Taffel reports on the new version of Lyra's Etna cartridge.
Ortofon Diamond Phono Cartridge
Michael Fremer delves into Ortofon's rich history in this
in-depth evaluation of the Danish cartridge-maker's new Diamond moving-coil.
Electronics Focus Equipment Reports
Cambridge Audio EVO 150 Streaming Integrated Amplifier
High-performance audio couldn't get any easier than this
all-in-one unit: Just add speakers. Muse Kastanovich makes the case for
affordability and simplicity.
Amped America AMP2400 Power Amplifier
Steven Stone reports on this affordable Class D powerhouse of
Schiit Audio Loki Max Equalizer
Robert E. Greene extols the virtues of equalizing your
recordings and finds no better tool for the job than Schiit Audio's Loki Max.
AGD Productions Alto Preamplifier And Tempo Power Amplifier
With a new type of output transistor, these electronics from
newcomer AGD Productions deliver great Class D performance, says Muse
Technics SL-G700M2 CD / SACD Player And Streaming DAC
Technics has lavished its most advanced technologies on this single-box solution
to digital playback. Anthony H. Cordesman explains why the SL-G700M2 is so
Dynaudio Confidence 50 Loudspeaker
This full-sized floorstander from one of the most established names in
loudspeakers shows why size matters. Andy Quint reports.
United Home Audio Ultima5 Open-Reel Tape Player
After being wowed by United Home Audio's cost-no-object SuperDeck, Jonathan
Valin weighs in on tape guru Greg Beron's more affordable entry in the wonderful
world of reel-to-reel — the single-chassis, 15ips UHA Ultima5 with OPS-DC
power supply. Plus: JV's SuperTape List of some of the best-sounding,
most musically worthy R2R tapes on the market.
MoFi SourcePoint 10 Loudspeaker
This retro-looking design from famed designer Andrew Jones
delivers startling sound from a compact loudspeaker. Dick Olsher brings you the
AudioQuest ThunderBird Interconnect And ThunderBird Zero
Part of AudioQuest's new Mythical Creatures Series, the
ThunderBird series provides trickle-down engineering at its best. Neil Gader
reports on these overachievers.
New products on the horizon.
A look at the newest videos on The Absolute Sound's YouTube
To Hell And Back
Bob Dylan's Time out of Mind is a particularly dark album — yet, as Greg Cahill explains, it helped reignite Dylan's career.
When Bowie Became Bowie
A new deluxe edition sheds light on how David Bowie's music
made a quantum leap forward as Hunky Dory began to take shape. Jeff Wilson
One Hundred Dreams And Counting
In an interview with Derk Richardson, pianist Satoko Fujii
discusses her prolific body of work.
Greatest Grunge Reissues
Along with recommending some deluxe editions of classic grunge
rock albums, Gil Kaufman points out several overlooked titles.
Hedvig Mollestad's Maternity Beat
Jeff Wilson discusses a new collaboration between an
innovative Norwegian guitarist and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.
Elvis Costello / Burt Bacharach, the Arcs, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy,
Robert Hill/Joanne Lediger, NRBQ, Jim Carroll, Harvey Mandel, Steely Dan, Harry
Belafonte, and an anthology of Japanese city pop.
Frank Kimbrough, Brad Mehldau, Benny Carter, Paco De Lucia,
Patricia Barber, Jane Bunnett, and Henry Lowther.
Performances by Lisa Batiashvili, the Pacifica Quartet, Trio
Imàge, and Matthew Bengston, soundtracks by John Williams, the piano music of
Scriabin, and a performance of Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.
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