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Issue 152, February/March 2005 table of contents and editorial.
February / March 2005
- From The Editor
8 - Letters
115 - Manufacturer Comments
20 - Future TAS: New Products on the Horizon
16 - Industry News
56 - Cover Story:
Legacy Victoria LE Loudspeaker and 12.2 Subwoofer
Combining the virtues of a mini-monitor with the bass extension and weight of a floorstander,
Legacy's 20th anniversary statement speaker (with ribbon tweeter) is a cause for celebration, says Robert Harley.
28 - Recommended Products:
High-Resolution Digital Sources
Our top picks for the best ways to play back SACD and DVD-Audio discs.
38 - The Absolute Sound's 2004
Product of the Year Awards
Our editors choose the very best sounding and highest value components of the past year.
32 - Rocky Mountain High
Robert Harley reports from the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest...
36 - Inside Innersound
and also takes you on a factory tour of this ambitious electrostatic loudspeaker company.
24 - Absolute Analog
Wayne Garcia on Manley's magnificent Steelhead and a sweet affordable 'table from
48 - PSB Image T55 Loudspeaker
Neil Gader reports on this updated version of an affordable high- performance design.
52 - Chord PCM 2600 Integrated Amplifier
Self-professed tube-guy Jeff Dorgay gets a date with this English model.
64 - Meridian's G Series: G08 CD Player, G02 Control Unit,
and G57 Amplifier
Sue Kraft on Meridian's updated and improved three-piece combo.
69 - Four High-Resolution "Universal" Players
Shane Buettner listens to new machines from Denon, Simaudio, and Esoteric...
74 - Marantz SA-11S1 CD/SACD Player
...while Robert Harley spins one from Marantz.
76 - Edge Electronics G3 Integrated Amplifier
A further look and re-evaluation by Wayne Garcia.
79 - Magnum Dynalab MD-106T FM Tuner
Neil Gader rediscovers the joys of analog (and tube) radio.
82 - Musical Fidelity kW500 Dual Mono Integrated Amplifier
Yes, that's 500 as in watts! Chris Martens reports.
The Cutting Edge
86 - TAS Roundtable
Three of the world's finest recording engineers discuss what goes into making a spectacular recording. Robert Harley moderates.
96 - McIntosh XRT28 Loudspeaker
They don't only make electronics Robert E. Greene on Mac's tall tower.
100 - HP's Workshop
HP updates his Super Disc List, shares some new SACD discoveries, and gives us a sneak peak at equipment under review.
Rock and Pop
118 - 2004's Best Rock and Pop Box Sets, Collections, and Best-ofs
Immerse yourself in the more than 120 discs and LPs that are 2004's best boxes and
anthologies the backbone for any music library, says Bob Gendron.
135 - Pop Caps
145 - 2004's Best Jazz Box Sets
149 - Jazz Caps
153 - 2004's Top 10 Pop/Rock, Jazz & Classical Albums
155 - 2004's Best Classical Box Sets
163 - Classical Caps
176 - TAS Retrospective
Tim Britt recalls the McIntosh MR78 tuner.
167 - Classifieds
171 - Where To Buy The Absolute Sound
169 - Ad Index
In The Next Issue
Full report from the Consumer Electronics Show
Gilmore's radical new loudspeaker
Thorens TD2010A turntable
Conrad-Johnson PV14L2 preamp