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The Absolute Sound Issue 222 April 2012   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 222, April 2012 table of contents and link to the editorial.


Articles & Reviews In This Issue
6 From the Editor
Losing Half The Music: Why Audio Sounds Wrong
Editorial By Robert E. Greene

8 Letters

14 Guest Editorial

16 Start Me Up: JoLida Glass FX-10 Integrated Amplifier and Glass FX Tube DAC
The price of this tubed integrated amp and DAC might say entry-level, but the sound is anything but. Garrett Hongo reports.

22 Absolute Analog: Zesto Andros PS1 Phonostage
This mid-priced all-tubed phonostage transcends mere hi-fi in its ability to bring music to life, says Paul Seydor.

31 The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show
Twenty-Eight Pages Chock-Full of the Hottest New Gear Coming Your Way

108 A 21st Century Statement
Allan Taffel on a statement speaker that sets new aesthetic, technological, and musical standards. Plus a tour of KEF’s technology centre.

125 Manufacturer Comments


Equipment Reports
86 Paradigm Monitor 9, Series 7 Loudspeaker
Wayne Garcia on an affordable stand-mount that improves upon its classic predecessor.

90 B&W Prestige Monitor 1 Loudspeaker
Bowers & Wilkins once again proves its mastery of the small-speaker art. Kirk Midtskog reports.

96 Micromega AS-400 Integrated Amplifier/Wireless DAC
Thanks to Micromega's new integrated amplifier/wireless DAC, anyone can now step fearlessly into a future of wireless possibilities, says Neil Gader.

102 VTL TL-7.5 Series III Reference Line Preamplifier
Jacob Heilbrunn evaluates the latest version of VTL's superb two-box flagship linestage.


126 The Decca Sound
Ted Libbey's omnibus review of the new (and bargain-priced) 50-disc anthology from one of the greatest classical record marques.

130 Rock
New releases from Kate Bush, Nick Lowe, Carolyn Wonderland, Ruthie Foster, and the Little Willies; the Beach Boys' Smile Sessions; and superb reissues of Pink Floyd and Marianne Faithfull.

134 Classical
Pyrotechnics from violinist Joshua Bell, cellists Zuill Bailey and GavrielLipkind, duo-pianists Anderson and Roe, Trio Arbos, and composer Jenny McLeod.

138 Jazz
The latest from Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden and (the late) Hank Jones, Theo Bleckmann, and Macy Chen, along with a four-LP reissue of vintage Stan Getz.

141 Five Faves: Stephen Estep's favorite-ever steel guitar solos.


144 Back Pages: We interview Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary.


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