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enthusiasts and music lovers to components and recordings that faithfully
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Music sounding more faithful to what is recorded.
Editorial By Roy Midyett
When the news came out of yet
another re-mastering of a Beatles album, my first thought was, "Really, another
one?" It was a reflexive thing; no cogitation involved. Maybe it reminded me of
the constant re-packaging of products like Star Wars movies, with better
and better production values and "special features" and add-ons that lure us to
shell out the bucks again. And again. And yet, I didn't complain when something
like the Director's Cut of the original Blade Runner was released, and
yeah, I bought it. I'm a big fan of re-mastering worthy LPs and have my special
box of all-analog reissues (still have to double-check one of those MoFi
albums), plus a good number of "reissued" CDs, and, no, I didn't seem to have a
problem with buying five versions of Getz / Gilberto. So, why pick on the
latest iteration of The Beatles?
---> Guest Editorial: Reissues.
Basis Bravo Turntable
In this all-new design, Basis brings the brand's legendary
sound quality to a more affordable and easier-to-use turntable. Wayne Garcia
brings you the full story of this remarkable achievement.
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The 2023 Golden Ear Awards
Our writers name their personal favorite products.
The Munich Show Roars Back
Robert Harley, Michael Fremer, and Andrew Quint bring you all
the latest new gear from the world's greatest hi-fi show in a special 12-page
The Cutting Edge
Burmester BC350 Loudspeaker
Robert Harley explores the many intriguing facets of Burmester's flagship BC350.
Esoteric T1 Turntable
The Japanese company pulled out all the stops in creating this
entirely new turntable for the 21st Century. Michael Fremer offers an
Hana Umami Blue Phono Cartridge
Andre Jennings reports on this great-sounding and relatively
affordable cartridge from Japan's Hana.
Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement V2.1 Phono Cartridge
NAD C 3050 LE "Stereophonic" Amplifier
NAD's new integrated amplifier merges modern features and
performance with a retro look. Neil Gader reports on the joys of an old-school
look-and-feel combined with contemporary capabilities.
McIntosh MC451 Monoblock Power Amplifier
This innovative amp combines tubes and transistors, but not in
the way you think. Rather, the MC451 combines separate tube and solid-state
amplifiers in one chassis, along with a crossover network, to optimally drive
speakers that can be bi-amped. Anthony H. Cordesman puts this unusual amplifier
to the test.
NuPrime AMG One Power Amplifier
Dick Olsher finds much to like in this affordable and
technically innovative Class D amplifier.
Bruce Cockburn talks about his latest album, O Sun, O Moon,
with Greg Cahill.
Derk Richardson discusses a new six-LP compilation by a
musician who took the harp to new places.
Ted Libbey's back story to a Ralph Vaughan Williams symphony
will send a chill up your spine.
Winning The War And Getting The Last Laugh
The Berlin Philharmonic recently recorded some Shostakovich
symphonies with a dark history. Stephen Estep fills us in.
Frampton Is Feeling It
Peter Frampton discusses some remastered Intervention titles
with Greg Cahill.
Warren Zevon, Rickie Lee Jones, Feist, Tracy Nelson, Paul
Simon, Lana Del Rey, Cowboy Junkies, Dale Ann Bradley, Molly Tuttle, The Cars,
100 gecs, and Mike Zito / Albert Castiglia.
George Coleman, Champian Fulton, Thelonious Monk, Charlie
Watts, Taiko Saito, Mark Dresser, Orrin Evans, Sun Ra, and a tribute to Gennett
Records by the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra.
Sonatas for violin and piano by C.P.E. Bach, piano concertos
by Beethoven, orchestral music by Rachmaninoff, coronation anthems, a lieder
collection, and guitarists RaphaëlFeuillâtre and Ben Verdery.
Bruce Lunde Of ATC Loudspeakers
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