The Absolute Sound
July / August 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
Sound's editors and reviewers, many of whom have been writing about music
and high fidelity for better than three decades, bring unparalleled enthusiasm,
expertise, and insight to the magazine's readers.
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Fifty Years Of The Absolute Sound
Robert Harley considers this historic milestone.
Editorial By Robert Harley
This issue marks 50 years since
Harry Pearson published the first issue of The Absolute Sound and sparked
a revolution in audio and music reproduction. Harry couldn't have known in 1973
that the audio industry was on the cusp of a once-in-a-generation
transformation, let alone that the magazine he created would be a driving force
behind that transformation. That first issue — more a stapled booklet than a
magazine — laid the foundation for what The Absolute Sound would very
quickly become — a cultural touchstone for an entire generation of music
enthusiasts. It is impossible to overstate TAS' influence on the rise and
trajectory of high-quality audio beginning in the early 1970s. TAS was
the place where dreams were created and sometimes realized, where worthy
manufacturers rose from garage operation to establishment players, where a new
aesthetic complete with its own unique vocabulary was created, and the community
gathering place for those of us who love music and care about the quality of its
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New Products on the Horizon
TAS' YouTube Channel
A survey of the latest videos on our new YouTube channel.
Half A Century Of The Absolute Sound
We celebrate this historic anniversary with a look back on
classic reviews and covers, a modern perspective on how TAS shaped high-end
audio, and retrospectives by our longest tenured writers on what TAS meant to
them as readers and how they became TAS writers. Our 31-page special feature
begins on page 87.
Acoustic Signature Invictus Neo Turntable and TA-9000 Neo
Jonathan Valin on the most absolute-sounding turntable and
tonearm he's had the pleasure of reviewing. Plus, Acoustic Signature founder
and chief engineer Gunther Frohnhoefer gives you an illustrated tour of the
improvements in the Invictus Neo's design.
Ortofon Verismo Phono Cartridge
Analog expert Andre Jennings takes a close look at this
advanced design from Denmark's premier cartridge manufacturer.
EAT C-Dur Turntable
Neil Gader discovers a gem of a mid-priced turntable with the
C-Dur from the European Audio Team.
Pro-Ject T1 SB Turntable
How much performance can you get from a $450 turntable?
Plenty, if that 'table is the new Pro-Ject T1 SB, says Drew Kalbach
Cabasse Murano Alto Loudspeaker
The French manufacturer packs advanced technology and great
sound into this mid-priced floorstander. Neil Gader reports.
Krell KSA-i400 Stereo Power Amplifier
This all-new powerhouse — 400 Wpc into 8 Ohms, 800 Wpc into
4 — combines classic Krell virtues with advanced new circuitry to bring Class
A operation and sonics to a cool-running dreadnought design. Matt Clott can't
contain his enthusiasm.
Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 3 Preamplifier And Ultima 5 Power
This all-new pair of separates brings Chord Electronics' 40
years of cutting-edge design expertise to gorgeous industrial design and build
quality. Rives Bird reports on the Chord's myriad sonic virtues.
Wireworld Platinum Series 8 Digital Cables
Andrew Quint explores the newest version of designer David
Salz' range of digital interconnects.
A Legacy Reimagined
Greg Cahill reports on how U2's latest album of remakes
gives a new spin on the band's music.
The Remarkable Carmell Jones
Joe Harley discusses Carmell Jones and the Tone Poet series
with Jonathan Horwich.
Hannah Blanchette recommends 10 acoustic guitar albums from
the past 10 years.
You Never Know Who You'll Run Into At AXPONA
A chance encounter with Bob James launches a revealing and
soul-searching interview. Jeff Wilson reports.
The 2023 AXPONA Show
The Chicago expo has emerged as the biggest, best, and most
important North American event. Jonathan Valin, Alan Taffel, Andre Jennings, and
Robert Harley report on all the latest new gear.
Tommy Emmanuel, Barbra Streisand, Yo La Tengo, Boygenius, Moby,
The Hold Steady, Billy Nomates, John Primer, and Natalie McMaster / Donnell Leahy.
Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Christian McBride, Ralph Towner, Henry
Threadgill, David Murray, Mark Guiliana, Jesse Davis, and Pilc Moutin Hoenig.
The music of Stravinsky, Mahler, and Messiaen. Puccini's Turandot,
early American Romantic music, guitarist Raphaël Feuillâtre, coronation
anthems, a lieder collection, ballet music by Carlos Surinach, and classical
Indian music by Debashish Bhattacharya.
Q&A Neil Gader chats with Frank Doris, HP's longtime
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