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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 167, December 2006 table of contents and editorial.

December 2006


Equipment Reports
Cover Story:
Primare 130 integrated amplifier and Cd31 compact disc player
Sallie Reynolds reports.

Kharma mini exquisite loudspeaker
Wayne Garcia on a beautiful Dutch design.

Exotica: Kuzma vs. Walker
The title bout in analog playback
Jonathan Valin referees.
Absolute Analog:
Clearaudio Ambient Turntable System
Jim Hannon reports.
NAD C720BEE Receiver
Neil Gader on an heir to a classic.
Cambridge Audio Azur 840A Class XD Integrated Amplifier
Chris Martens
Resolution Audio Opus 21 CD Player and Integrated Amplifier
Alan Taffel
Jamo R 909 Loudspeaker
Robert E. Greene gets transported.
Rotel RB-1091 Monoblock Amplifier
Jacob Heilbrunn reports.
Chapter Electronics Précis Integrated Amplifier
Neil Gader on a Class D integrated.
Dual Connect DC-I100 Interconnect
Neil Gader on a pure gold cable.
Joule Electra VZN-80 MK V Emerald OTL Stereo Amplifier
Sue Kraft.
Eben X-3 Loudspeaker
Jim Hannon on an excellent Danish speaker.
HP's Workshop
From Harry Pearson: a sneak preview of Hansen's King, HP's log, and equipment updates.
Bardaudio Wireless Audio System
Neil Gader.
Start Me Up:
A Complete Rega System
Barry Willis .
Basic Repertoire: Britpop
Andy Downing
Recording of the Issue - Joanna Newsom: Ys
The scoop on the newest discs from Tomasz Stanko, Kenny Garrett, Evan Parker, Von Freeman, Martin, Scofield, Medeski & Wood, and David Binney. Plus, the Anthony Wilson Nonet on SACD and LP.
Coverage of the new Hilary Hahn, Bartók's Mikrokosmos, Leon Fleisher's The Journey, Gabriela Montero's Bach and Beyond, Sting's Songs from the Labyrinth, Eleni Karaindrou's Elegy of the Uprooting, Mozart's Zaide, two Sony "Great Performance" remasters, and a pair of Shostakovich SACDs.
Rock Etc
Reviews of the latest CDs and LPs from sunnO))) & Boris, TV on the Radio, Bound Stems, Solomon Burke, Lupe Fiasco, Willie Nelson, Madeleine Peyroux, Bob Dylan, Chris Thile, The Mars Volta, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Buddy Guy, Tortoise, and, a most unusual gospel collection.
The TAS Back Page:
12 Questions for Ted Denney of Synergistic Research, by Neil Gader.
In the Next issue:

Product of the Year Awards
Wilson Benesch Torus Infrasonic Generator
A roundtable with subwoofers designers
Cayin A-88T integrated amp and SCD-50T SACD player
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