Articles & Reviews In This Issue
12 From the
Rocky Mountain High
14 Future TAS
New products on the horizon.
16 Industry News
Overture hosts Robert Harley and folks from McIntosh and Marantz.
38 In Memoriam
Harry Pearson remembers legendary Mercury Records producer Wilma Cozart Fine.
The Cutting Edge
Jonathan Valin listens to über-expensive, über-transparent, und
über-terrific electronics from Swiss ultra-high-end manufacturer
150 HP's Workshop
HP updates and revises his SACD Super Disc List.
18 Start Me Up
NAD C326BEE Integrated Amplifier and C545BEE CD Player
Paul Seydor auditions the $499 descendent of NAD's fabled 3020 integrated amplifier, the best-selling audiophile amp in history.
24 Absolute Analog
Ortofon Rondo Blue Moving-Coil Pickup
This mid-priced cartridge gets it right where it matters, says Paul Seydor.
28 Audio Research Corporation Reference Phono 2
JV on the second phonostage to earn ARC's coveted "Reference" moniker the standard-setting Reference Phono 2.
47 2009 Product of the Year Awards
We honor the very best high-end audio products of 2009.
80 Micromega PA-20 Preamplifier and PW-400 Power Amplifier
A forward-looking French company returns with a mid-priced preamplifier and amplifier. Neil Gader reports.
84 ModWright KWA-150 Stereo Power Amplifier
Dick Olsher on a solid-state amplifier that delivers the magic of tubes.
90 Sonus Faber Liuto
Neil Gader on a mid-priced wonder from Italy's premier loudspeaker-maker.
96 A/V RoomService "Metu" Acoustic Panels
Jonathan Valin discovers some affordable and effective room treatments.
98 Mye Sound Magneplanar Stand
Jacob Heilbrunn recommends a "must-have" product for Magnepan speakers.
102 Boulder 1021 CD Player
Anthony H. Cordesman on one of the most ambitious CD players ever created.
114 YG Acoustics Kipod Studio Loudspeaker
Robert Harley auditions the $38,000 Kipod Studio? YG Acoustics' "entry-level" full-range loudspeaker. Plus, an interview with YG Founder Yoav
128 PrimaLuna DiaLogue Seven Monoblock Amplifiers
PrimaLuna adds an interesting technological twist to the venerable tube amplifier. Jim Hannon reports on the results.
149 Manufacturer Comments
Wayne Garcia visits Mobile Fidelity's Sound Lab and sees how mastertapes are transformed into vinyl and digital reissues.
New releases from five old favorites: Mark Knopfler, Pearl Jam, The Flaming Lips, Rosanne Cash, and Lyle Lovett.
Mahler in surround, Liszt on the organ, comic overtures, and Messiaen on vinyl. Plus an anthology of music written in World War II concentration camps.
Recent offerings from the Fat Cats Jazz Band, guitarist Duck Baker, bassist Linda Oh, and songstress Maria Muldaur, along with a retrospective of Scott
171 Top Ten
Andy Quint selects ten opera spectaculars now on Blu-ray Disc.
176 Back Page
Jeff Joseph of Joseph Audio talks with Neil Gader.
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