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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 168, January 2007 table of contents and editorial.

January 2007

Read this edition's editorial.


Cover Story
HP's Workshop: Hansen Audio's The King V.2 Loudspeaker System, plus an interview with designer Lars Hansen

2006 Product of the Year Awards
Our annual picks for the year's best gear.

Equipment Reports
Absolute Analog: Marantz TT-15S Turntable
Robert E. Greene
Cayin Audio A-88T Tube Integrated Amplifier and SCD-50T SACD Player
Paul Seydor
takes a trip down memory lane.
Parasound Halo A21 Stereo Amplifier
Jonathan Valin on a terrific and affordable amp.
ProAc Studio 140 Loudspeaker
Neil Gader on a small British speaker.
Legenburg Hermes S Interconnect and Loudspeaker Cables
Neil Gader reports.
VTL IT-85 Integrated Amplifier
Jacob Heilbrunn on a sweet little integrated.
TacT 2.2 XP Room-Correction System
Anthony H. Cordesman on an innovative DSP.
MartinLogan Vista Loudspeaker
Dick Olsher makes his TAS debut.
Pathos Endorphin CD Player
Wayne Garcia
listens to an Italian hybrid.
Bolzano Villetri Torre 3005 Speaker and Vecchio Subwoofer
Jacob Heilbrunn
on an Italian omni.
Start Me Up:
Oppo Digital DV-970HD Universal Disc Player Usher V-601 and V-604 Loudspeakers
Chris Martens
and Barry Willis.
Mainstream Multichannel Definitive Pro Cinema 1000 Loudspeakers
Chris Martens.
Basic Repertoire: Hard Bop
Bill Milkowski.
Recording of the Issue - Mark Feldman: What Exit.
Rock Etc
Reviews of the latest albums by Tom Waits, John Legend, Robert Randolph, The Who, David Grisman, and Kasey Chambers. Plus, compelling Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash, and Tony Joe White reissues. And, the lowdown on 2006's best box sets.
Coverage of new discs from Frnak Peter Zimmerman, Paul McCartney, Renée Fleming, and Danny Elman, as well as operas by Rossini and Wagner. Plus, a Beethoven SACD box and single-disc Mahler and Beethoven SACDs.
The scoop on the newest discs from Bill Frisell, John Patitucci, Omer Avital, and Ray Charles, plus an SACD from Stu Goldberg and an audiophile LP by Wes Montgomery.
The TAS Back Page: 11 Questions for Bob Stuart of Meridian Audio
Neil Gader.
In the Next issue:

Quad 2805 loudspeaker
London Reference phono cartridge
Levinson No436 monoblock amps
Avid Acutus Reference turntable
And More!

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