Articles & Reviews In This Issue
10 From the Editor
Self Imposed Myopia
Editorial By Robert Harley
13 Industry News
14 Golden Ear Club
32 Dealer Profile
38 Chris Martens on Loudspeakers under $5000
44 Steven Stone on Digital
50 Neil Gader on Electronics and Analog Gear Under
54 Alan Taffel on Loudspeakers from $5000 to $25,000
59 Jim Hannonon High Value Turntables, Arms, and
62 Dick Olsher on Tubed Gear
68 Robert Harley on Upper-End Electronics
72 Jonathan Valin on Ultra-High-End Loudspeakers
116 HP’s Workshop
The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show
We Bring You 25 Pages of the Hottest New Gear from
the Industry’s Biggest Event
+ HP’s Impressions of CES
16 Start Me Up
ADAM A5 Loudspeaker
Steven Stone listens to a small powered-monitor from Germany.
22 Next-Gen Digital
Sonic Studio Amarra Software
Amarra software purportedly improves the sound quality of digital files.
Steven Stone separates the hype from the reality.
28 Neko Audio DAC
This DAC from upstart Neko Audio breaks all the rules.
Dick Olsher evaluates the result.
84 AudioQuestWBY Interconnect
Are silver conductors audio’s silver bullets?
Neil Gader has the answer.
86 April Music Stello Ai500 Integrated Amplifier
This powerhouse of an integrated amp might be one of the best values in
high-end audio. Steven Stone on why the Ai500 knocked his socks off.
92 Jungson Impression II CD Player
Jacob Heilbrunn on this lavishly built CD player from China.
96 Magico V2 Loudspeaker
Magico brings its unique loudspeaker technology to a lower price point. Neil
Gader lives with Magico’s “entry-level” speaker.
102 The Cutting Edge
Walker Proscenium Black Diamond Mk II
Jonathan Valin evaluates the latest version of the record player that’s been
his reference for the past decade, and interviews Lloyd Walker and Fred Law of
124 New Vinyl from Blue Heaven
Jeff Wilson reports on Chad Kassem’s Blue Heaven Studio and the blues
performances being captured there on direct-to-disc LPs, plus an overview by
Robert Harley of the history, difficulties, and unique advantages of the
demanding art of direct-to-disc recording.
129 Yo-Yo Ma and the Colorado Symphony in Surround-Sound
Gary Krakow offers an inside-the-control-room look at a stellar symphony
concert broadcast on FM radio in cutting-edge, you-are-there surround sound.
New releases from the Drive-By Truckers and the team of Jay Farrar and
Benjamin Gibbard, vinyl reincarnations of classics from Elvis Costello and
Neil Young, and a stunning debut from Chelsea Crowell.
John Pizzarelli pays tribute to Duke Ellington, Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu
duo up on ECM, Tin Hat tinkles and flootles live, while Mosaic and Gambit
offer superlative reissues of Bing Crosby and Bud Powell at their spontaneous
A recently completed Ring cycle by Christian Thielemann and company, new
recordings of Elgar and Paganini by two dazzling violinists, and Martinu trios
143 Top Ten
Wayne Garcia’s wish list of ten recordings he’d love to see on
111 Manufacturer Comment
144 Back Page
Neil Gader chats with Chad Kassem of Acoustic Sounds.
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