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  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 161, April/May 2006 table of contents and editorial.

April / May 2006

Equipment Reports
122 - Cover Story:
Mark Levinson No.326S Preamplifier and No.432 Power Amplifier

Listening to Levinson’s latest, Robert Harley finds the company’s tradition of excellence not just upheld but improved upon.
14 - Absolute Analog:
Lamm Industries LP2 Deluxe Phonostage and Clearaudio Titanium Cartridge,
Spin a few LPs with Jonathan Valin, who is savoring some tasty analog goods.
97 - Sonus Faber Concerto Domus Loudspeaker
Neil Gader on an Italian speaker that makes you feel right at home.
101 - Thule Audio Spirit IA350B Integrated Amplifier and Space DVA250B DVD/CD Player
Sallie Reynolds on two sweet performers from Denmark.
106 - Esoteric X-03 CD/SACD Player
Jacob Heilbrunn listens to the latest from TEAC’s high-end division.
112 - Channel Islands Audio D-200 Monoblock Amplifier
Class D amps are all the rage. Chris Martens listens to another offering inthis rapidly growing field.
118 - Krell SACD Standard CD/SACD Player
Fred Kaplan explains how one player changed a critic’s mind about the SACD format.
The Cutting Edge
130 - HP’s Workshop
Memoirs of the CES: What happened in Las Vegas doesn’t stay in Las Vegas—this time around.
12 - From The Editor
136 - Recording of the Issue - Mogwai’s Mr. Beast
118 - Rock Etc.
Reviews of 11 new CDs, including the latest from the Flaming Lips, Drive-By Truckers, Cat Power, Loose Fur, Rosanne Cash, Sarah Harmer, Tom Zé, and Swearing at Motorists. Plus, a round-up of recent Pure Pleasure and Analogue Productions audiophile blues LPs.
151 - Classical
Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with Han-Na Chang, Shostakovich’s Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2 with Beaux Arts Trio, Handel’s Delirio with Natalie Desay, and five more new CDs critiqued. Also, four Mozart SACDs with which to celebrate the composer’s 250th birthday.
161 - Jazz
The scoop on the latest from Manu Katche, Ken Hatfield, Paul Motian, and Quinsin Nachoff, plus four Nina Simone reissues and Monster Cable’s Vince Guaraldi set.
6 - Letters
134 - Manufacturer Comments
160 - TAS Retrospective:
Harman Kardon Citation 16 Power Amplifier
Sue Kraft goes shopping on eBay.
In the Next issue:
A complete Goldmund system
Hovland HP-200 preamp
Adept Response power conditioner
Revel F52 speaker
And More!


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