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8 From The Guest Editor: The MoFi Mess
If the company comes clean about what it's done....
Editorial By Jonathan Valin
PS Audio Aspen FR30 Loudspeaker
After nearly 50 years as an electronics specialist,
enters the crowded loudspeaker market.
Anthony H. Cordesman explains why the
FR30 was worth the wait, and Robert Harley talks
with Paul McGowan
about his company's unusual move.
New Products on the Horizon
Robert Harley looks at the The MoFi digital
MoFi President Jim Davis on his company's decision
incorporate a digital step in its LP mastering process.
Magnepan LRS+ Loudspeaker
Jonathan Valin reports on a "$1k miracle," the new
greatly improved version of Maggie's LRS.
Vivid Audio Kaya 12 Loudspeaker
Form follows function in this unusually shaped
Neil Gader reports.
Rogers LS3/5A 15-Ohm Small Monitor
Dick Olsher is captivated by this ultimate realization
Raidho TD2.2 Speaker
Featuring innovative aluminum diaphragms coated
and diamond, coupled to Raidho's
celebrated ribbon tweeter, the Danish company's
latest floorstander wows Kirk Midtskog.
Wilson Audio Wilson LōKē Subwoofer
Jacob Heilbrunn explains the unexpected benefits
of adding a
subwoofer (or two), and why Wilson's
new compact, self-powered LōKē
is just the ticket
to musical nirvana.
YG Acoustics Vantage Live
Can an integrated system that combines streaming,
amplification within the speaker be truly
high end? Robert Harley explores that
this in-depth look at YG Acoustics' ambitious new
Heavenly Soundworks Five17
Robert E. Greene considers a newcomer to the
Graham Audio LS5/5
This British standmount brings to the table a long
legacy, says Paul Seydor.
LSA Warp One Power Amplifier
Think you need to spend a bundle for a great-sounding
powerhouse amplifier? Think again, says Steven Stone.
Shunyata Research Sigma V2 Cables
Shunyata ups the ante with its newly improved Sigma
VTL S-200 Power Amplifier
Wayne Garcia revisits one of his favorite tube amps,
KT88 output tubes.
AudioQuest Dragon Interconnect
Dragon combines established AudioQuest technologies
pioneering new thinking to create a groundbreaking
interconnect, says Robert
Harley of his new reference.
The innovative composer-pianist talks to Bill Milkowski
her latest album.
Topping the Charts without Even Trying
Now that Kate Bush is all the rage, overviews of her
might appeal to new fans. Greg Cahill has
Not the Usual Suspects
Andrew Quint evaluates four new titles by
All Roads Lead to Avalon
A new batch of half-speed Roxy Music vinyl impresses
Gaby Moreno, Peter Gabriel, Regina Spektor, A Tribe
Quest, Andrew Bird, Liam Gallagher, Grant-Lee
Phillips, Danni Leigh, Heather
Maloney, Hank Williams Jr.,
Kraftwerk, and the Cranberries.
Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Lloyd, Tony Williams, Barney Wilen,
Melody Gardot, Steve Cardenas, WeFreeStrings, Steve Davis,
The orchestral music of Richard Strauss, string quartets
Shostakovich, a symphony by Charles Koechlin,
piano concertos by Liszt, guitar
works by Villa-Lobos,
Pauline Oliveros' Accordion & Voice, and the
garage band Time for Three.
Q&A Neil Gader chats with Dave Morrison of IsoAcoustics
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