Articles & Reviews In This Issue
8 From the Editor
Digital Audio Jitter And Image Stabilizer Binoculars
10 Future TAS
New products on the horizon.
12 Industry News
The end of Telarc; Electrocompaniet's big plans for the U.S.
14 The Audiophile Wife
78 Manufacturer Comments
27 The State of USB Audio
USB-connected DACs are taking over the world! Alan Taffel has everything you
need to know about this new digital interface.
32 Budget USB DAC Survey
Steven Stone listens to three USB DACs priced at $99, $169, and $299, and
talks to High Resolution’s Kevin Halverson.
40 Bryston BDA-1 and Audio Research DAC7 USB DACs
Alan Taffel on the next generation of mid-priced USB DACs.
46 Bel Canto USB Link and Focusrite Saffire Format
These little format-conversion devices could be essential to your
computer-based music system, says our Mr. Taffel.
50 Weiss Engineering Jason Transport and Medea DAC
Dick Olsher on top-of-the-line CD playback from a Swiss company known for its
reference-quality studio gear.
Start Me Up
16 Dussun T6 and T2i Integrated Amplifiers
Wayne Garcia on two affordable integrateds — one with a USB DAC — from
China’s premier solid-state designer, YuanYuan Zhou of Dussun.
20 Naim Audio SuperLine Phonostage
Wayne Garcia listens to one of the quietest and most musical phonostages on
the planet, and interviews its designer.”
88 Meridian Audio DSP7200 Active Digital Loudspeaker and 808.2
Are powered loudspeakers with digital crossovers fundamentally better? Sue
Kraft on the most technically advanced example of the genre.
92 Robert Harley reports on the Meridian 808.2
The first — and only — CD player to remove distortions engineered into CDs
when they were recorded.
96Plus An Interview with Meridian’s Bob Stuart
58 Audio Space Reference 3.1 Integrated Amplifier
A mid-priced 300B-based integrated amplifier that warmed tube maven Dick
62 Marantz PM-11S2 Integrated Amplifier
A venerable marque and the latest technology meet in this upscale integrated
amp. Neil Gader has the scoop.
66 ATC SIA2-150 Integrated Amplifier
A powered-loudspeaker company enters the electronics arena with outstanding
results, says Mr. Gader.
68 Solid Tech “Rack of Silence” Equipment Rack
Chris Martens on a high-tech, yet affordable equipment rack.
72Classé Audio SSP-800 Multichannel Controller
ClassŽés latest controller may
be loaded with advanced technology, but sound quality is still at its core.
Robert Harley reports.
The Cutting Edge
80 Wilson Audio MAXX 3 Loudspeaker
Is Wilson’s latest a scaled-up MAXX 2 or a scaled-down Alexandria X-2? Jacob
Heilbrunn has the answer.
100 Feature: A Connoisseur’s Guide to La
Ted Libbey on the great stereo recordings of Debussy’s masterpiece.
New releases from Bob Dylan, Dailey & Vincent, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott,
and Marianne Faithfull, along with CD and LP reissues of Pearl Jam’s
breakout album, Ten.
Recent offerings from Bela Fleck, Julian Lage, Dave Douglas, and Steve Lehman,
plus a vintage Hank Mobley Blue Note.
Branford Marsalis’s multichannel American
Spectrum, recitals by Joel Fan and Stile Antico, first recordings
of Giannini, and a classic RCA of the Guarneri Quartet playing Mozart.
111 Top Ten
Derk Richardson selects ten of the best-ever “cover”
collections sung by one artist.
112 Allen Perkins of Immedia talks with Neil Gader.
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