Articles & Reviews In This Issue
6 From the Editor
Editorial By Robert Harley
10 From the Editor
12 Golden Ear Club
14 Industry News
Sonus Faber enters a new era with the launch of
its $200k flagship loudspeaker.|
Alan Taffel brings you the story from Italy.
17 Future TAS
On The Horizon: A Sneak Preview of Promising Loudspeakers
34 The 12 Most
Significant Loudspeakers of All Time
We select and rank the 12 most important high-end
40 Classics of the
Golden Age of Speaker Design
HP takes an in-depth look at some landmark
loudspeaker designs that forever changed the high end.
Magnepan MG 1.7
Magnepan sets a new standard in $2000
loudspeakers. Jonathan Valin has the scoop on this game-changing product.
58 Dynaudio Excite
Reviewer Kirk Midtskog makes his TAS debut with
this incisive look at a mid-priced contender from Dynaudio.
62 DALI Helicon 400
Dick Olsher listens to this newly upgraded
version of a TAS editors’ favorite, the Helicon 400 from Danish Audiophile
66 Nola Baby Grand
There’s nothing “baby” but there’s plenty
“grand” about this ambitious, full-scale loudspeaker from Nola, says
78 The Cutting
Edge: Verity Lohengrin II Loudspeaker
Jacob Heilbrunn auditions the newly re-designed
flagship from Canada’s Verity Audio.
Start Me Up: Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10
Integrated Amplifier and CD10 CD Player
This new ultra-affordable pair from Cambridge proves that high-performance
audio doesn’t always mean high-priced audio. Neil Gader reports.
22 Absolute Analog:
Shelter 901 MkII, 9000, and Harmony MC Moving
Coil Phono Cartridges
Chris Martens finds a wonderful family resemblance — and some sibling
rivalry — in this trio from Shelter.
Clean Record Washing System
Don’t let the Spin Clean’s virtual give-away price ($79) fool you; this is
one serious LP cleaner, says Neil Gader
CR-1 Compact Reference Loudspeaker
One of the most widely anticipated speakers in recent memory is finally here
— and it was worth the wait, says Neil Gader.
Fidelity M3i Integrated Amplifier
Neil Gader discovers a gem of an integrated from England’s Musical Fidelity.
S-150m Monoblock Power Amplifier
The words “small” and “affordable” have never applied to Krell
monoblock amplifiers… until now. Steven Stone reports.
SC-7S2 Reference Control Amplifier
An $8k preamp from Marantz? Alan Taffel evaluates this bold assault on the
state of the art.
Research Reference 5 Linestage
Jonathan Valin reports on ARC’s latest (and greatest) Reference Series
104 The Tape
Project Open-Reel Tapes and the United Home Audio UHA-HQ Tape Decks
Hearing analog mastertapes in your listening room is revelatory. Jonathan
Valin brings you the details of this remarkable development.
108 Cary SLP
05 Preamplifier and CAD 211 FE Power Amplifier
Cary Audio ups the ante in tubed amplification with the special “Founder’s
Edition” of its gorgeous CAD 211 all-triode amp. Wayne Garcia listens to
this gem along with Cary’s top-of-the-line preamp.
Jazzing It Up
Wayne Garcia reviews a stellar batch of recent
vintage jazz reissues from Analogue Productions, Music Matters, and ORG —
remastered at 45 rpm.
New releases from The National, The Fall, and
Dierks Bentley; an all-star jam session with Mark O’Connor and friends;
SteinarGregertsen’s homage to Jimi Hendrix; and superb new reissues of Sam
Cooke and the Rolling Stones.
Bruckner, Granados, and Pergolesi on
surround-sound SACDs, and Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody
in Blue in FerdeGrofé’s original orchestration.
The latest offerings from the Claudia Quintet,
Stanton Moore, Marilyn Crispell, and Dr. Lonnie Smith, along with rediscovered
performances by The New York Art Quartet.
133 Top Ten
Road-trip rock classics to make the miles fly by,
as selected by Sherri Lehman.
136 Back Page
Arturo Manzano, importer of some of high-end
audio’s most prestigious brands, talks with Neil Gader.
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