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Issue 141, April / May 2003 table of contents and editorial.
April / May 2003
6 - From the Editor
8 - Letters
12 - Future TAS: Products on the
14 - Industry News
18 - Absolute Analog
Wayne Garcia checks out a selection of affordable analog
goodies from two veteran manufacturers, Rega Research and Grado Labs.
22 - 30th
Step into the TAS time machine with this classic review from Issue 11 —Harry
Pearson on the Beveridge electrostatic speaker system.
Products—Speakers over $2,500
Here ’tis, our latest list of favorite high-end loudspeakers.
32 - Consumer
Electronics Show 2003
Our annual trek to Las Vegas brought us to one of the best shows ever. Our
report describes the highlights and, we trust, will whet your appetite for
63 - Cover Story - NHT ST4 Loudspeaker
Chris Martens listens to this $1,000-a-pair contender,
and talks with designer Jack Hidley.
67 - Cover Story -
Marantz DV8300 Universal Player
“Universal” disc players are suddenly hot items. Alan Taffel
checks one out.
71 - ProAc Tablette Reference Eight
Neil Gader on the latest serious yet shrimpy speaker from ProAc.
75 - Canton Ergo 900 DC Loudspeaker
This mid-priced German design has a lot to offer music lovers, says Allan
79 - Ayre Acoustics CX-7
Sue Kraft takes a listen to Ayre’s entry-level CD spinner.
81 - Dynaudio “Special Twenty-Five”
Compact, pricey, and rare. Anna Logg on this
special-edition offering from Denmark’s Dynaudio.
87- Follow up EAR 864 Tube
Preamplifier: New Tubes/New Sound
Aaron M. Shatzman takes another turn with EAR’s
89- A Return to Reference
Quality: The KEF 205 Reference Speaker
KEF is back in a big way, says our man in the field Anthony H. Cordesman.
95- The Cutting Edge:
Find out why Jonathan Valin compares Audio Research’s
Reference Phono preamp and Clearaudio’s HarmonyMg cartridge to Chinese
105- HP's Workshop
I: Surround-Sound without Pictures and the Future of the High End; II: The Super
Surround SACD List
114 - Manufacturers' Comments
116 - ROCK: Pop Caps
Lucinda Williams: World Without Tears
Nick Cave: Nocturama
King Crimson: The Power to Believe
Recording of the Issue Zwan: Mary Star of the Sea
New Order: RETRO and INTERNATIONAL
Common: Electric Circus and Ms Dynamite: A Little Deeper
Lou Reed: The Raven
Mike Bloomfield: Super Session and Fillmore East: The Lost Concert
Uncle Tupelo: Expanded Editions of No Depression, Still Feel Gone
and March 16-20, 1992
The White Stripes: Elephant
- On the Fringe
New albums from Baxter Dury and Dirty Three, plus fresh collections
from Bloodshot Records, Morphine, James Chance, and Mickey and
the Soul Generation traverse unusual musical ground.
Kashif: The Queen Symphony
Glière: Symphony No. 3 “Ilya Murometz”
Ysaÿe: Violin Sonatas and Paganini: Violin Concerto in D major
Vaughan Williams: Early Chamber Music and Holloway: Gilded
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (Goerne)
Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor
- JAZZ: Capsules
The Bad Plus: These Are the Vistas
David Murray: Now Is Another Time
- ABSOLUTE AUDIOPHILIA
June Christy: Something Cool (180-gram LP)
Roy Orbison: Lonely & Blue (Mono and Stereo 200-gram LPs)
Dvorák/Glazunov: Violin Concertos and Britten: Young Person’s Guide to
the Orchestra (LPs)
Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne
George Faber: Blues
Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Big Band: We Do It Diff’rent
- New Formats: SACD
The Police Arrive on SACD: Seven Albums Remastered
James Taylor: October Road
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
Mendelssohn/Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (Hahn)
David Bowie: Heathen
The Great Jazz Trio: Autumn Leaves
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons
Ryan Adams: Gold; Beck: Sea Change;
Steve Earle: Guitar Town; Muddy Waters: Folk Singer
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 26 and 41; Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3
Scarlatti: Six Sonatas; Beethoven: Quintet in E flat, Op.71
147 - Classifieds
149 - Where To Buy The Absolute
152 - TAS Retrospective
Editor Wayne Garcia on a personal journey to The Absolute Sound.