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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 166, November 2006 table of contents and editorial.

November 2006

Read this edition's editorial.


Equipment Reports
Cover Story:
Is Class D the Future of High-End Amplification?

Class D is all the rage. But is it ready for primtime? Check out our 28-page feature.

Absolute Analog:
Funk Firm Turntable and Lyra Dorian Cartridge

Wayne Garcia on a new turntable from the man behind Pink Triangle.

Stirling Broadcast lS3/5a V loudspeaker
Paul Seydor
on the resurrection of an audio classic.
Triangle Esprit Altea Esw loudspeaker
Neil gader
’s further thoughts on a popular French design.
Paradigm Reference Signature S8 loudspeaker
Chris Martens on Paradigm’s all-out effort.
Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby grand loudspeaker
Sallie Reynolds finds a speaker to grow on.
Boulder 850 Monoblock Amplifier
Max Shepherd on Boulder’s entry-level model.
Focus Audio Master 3 loudspeaker
Sue Kraft on a Canadian contender.
The Cutting Edge:
Exotica: Ascendo M-S MKII loudspeaker

Jonathan Valin on a most unlikely success story.
Start Me Up: Paradigm’s Reference Studio 20 v.3 speaker, Onkyo’s A-9555 integrated amp and DX-7555 CD player
by Barry Willis
Stax SR-001 Mk II and Bose Quietcomfort Headphones
by Tom Martin
Basic Repertoire: 100 More Best-ofthe-Century Classical Compositions
by Jonathan Valin and Mark Lehman.
Recording of the Issue - The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls
In America
Rock Etc.
Reviews of the latest CDs and LPs from OutKast, the Roots, Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Pajo, William Elliott Whitmore, The Sadies, My Morning Jacket, Jim Lauderdale, and more. Plus, a Waylon Jennings box set and a Tim Buckley audiophile pressing.
The scoop on the newest discs from Steven Bernstein, Sex Mob, Nels Cline, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Don Byron, Frequency, and the Grdina/Motian/Peacock trio.
Two separate releases of the same Shostakovich string quartets, Brahms’ Complete Piano Trios, Joshua Bell’s Voice of the Violin, Alexei Lubimov’s Misterioso, a Steve Reich boxset, and three SACDs. Plus, a look at three Classic 180-gram pressings of Everest LPs.
The TAS Back Page:
12 Questions for Kevin Voecks,
by Neil Gader.
In the Next issue:

Kharma Mini Exquisite loudspeaker
Kuzma vs. Walker -- high-end vinyl-playback shootout
Resolution Audio Opus 21 CD player and integrated amp
Clearaudio Ambient turntable and Satisfy arm
And More!

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