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Issue 146, February / March 2004 table of contents and editorial.
February / March 2004
- From The Editor
6 - Letters
121 - Manufacturer Comments
14 - Future TAS: Products on the Horizon
A special report by Neil Gader on Sonus Faber’s new factory and latest statement speaker.
16 - Industry News
22 - Absolute Analog
Wayne Garcia hot-rods his Rega with a bevy of cool aftermarket tweaks.
93 - Cover Story: Meridian DSP7000 Digital Loudspeaker
Robert Harley looks at an entire system consisting of just one component and a pair of loudspeakers, with just two thin cables—neither of them analog—hooking it all together. Oh, and the user interface is in the speakers.
42 - 2003 Product of the Year Awards
The Absolute Sound’s writers and editors select the most intriguing audio products from the past year.
50 - The In-Between Music of Andrew Hill
Kevin Whitehead on one of jazz’s brilliant and underappreciated artists.
28 - Recommended Products: Digital and Analog Source Components.
38 - Editorial: your relationship with the high-end retailer.
56 - Loudspeaker Cable Survey, Part One
Paul Seydor and Neil Gader look at affordable models from Harmonic Technology, Kimber, MIT, Siltech, Synergistic Research, and Tara Labs.
64 - Rotel RCD-1072 CD Player
Read Alan Taffel’s findings on a very special CD spinner.
68 - Evolutionary—MartinLogan Aeon i Hybrid Electrostatic Speaker
Wayne Garcia reports on the latest refinements to ML’s ’stat-’n’-cone technology.
73 - Definitive Technology BP7001SC SuperTower Loudspeaker
A great speaker from a large, successful company?
Why not? says Chris Martens.
76 - Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor Loudspeaker
Small speaker, big sound—Wayne Garcia listens to this
beautiful Italian offering.
79 - Coincident Speaker Technology Partial Eclipse Series II Speaker and Atma-Sphere Music Systems MA-1 Silver Edition OTL Amplifier
Sue Kraft finds synergy between this high-sensitivity speaker and unusual tube amp.
The Cutting Edge
85 - Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 5 Loudspeaker
High end from B&O? Read Neil Gader’s thoughts on this futuristic design.
102 - DALI Megaline Loudspeaker
Though they aren’t yet well-known in the U.S., Robert E. Greene explains why these Danish DALIs should be.
113 - The Perils of Reviewing (or) Into the Gray Zone with HP:
The Coincident Technologies Total Victory Speaker System