Articles & Reviews In This Issue
6 From the Editor
Our Musical Minds
Editorial By Robert Harley
8 From the Editor
10 Industry News: Wilson Audio introduces a new flagship,
the $195,000 Alexandria XLF. Robert Harley brings you a world-exclusive
preview with listening impressions.
12 Future TAS
14 Start Me Up: PSB Imagine Mini Loudspeaker
Kirk Midstkog reports on a $760 speaker that’s impressed almost everyone
who’s heard it.
18 Next-Gen Digital: April Music Eximus DP1 DAC
More than just a great-sounding DAC, the Eximus is a full-feature preamp,
digital control center, and headphone amplifier, says Steven Stone.
26 Computer Audio Sound Quality, Part 4
Dr. Charles Zeilig and Jay Clawson conclude their groundbreaking project to
evaluate and quantify every sonic variable in computer audio. In the final
installment of this four-part series, the authors offer specific
recommendations for getting the best sound from a computer-audio system.
TAS 2012 Editor's Choice
This Is the Big One! We pick the best gear at every price level
in every product category.
58 POWER AMPLIFIERS
66 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIERS
80 CD PLAYERS
82 MULTI-FORMAT DISC
86 MUSIC SERVERS
88 DIGITAL FORMAT
90 TURNTABLES & RECORD
104 ANALOG SOURCES
106 DSP ROOM CORRECTION
106 INTERCONNECTS & SPEAKER CABLES
110 POWER CORDS
112 EARPHONES & IN-EAR MONITORS
118 HEADPHONE AMPS
118 EQUIPMENT RACKS
120 POWER CONDITIONERS
130 Electrocompaniet PD-1 USB DAC and ECI 3
Neil Gader finds much to like in Electrocompaniet’s new USB DAC and classic
136 AudioQuest Diamond USB Cable
No two USB cables sound alike. Robert Harley discovers one of the best.
138 GamuT M’inenT M5 Loudspeaker
Robert E. Greene on a new compact floorstander from Denmark.
144 Audion Sterling EL34 Anniversary Integrated Stereo
Dick Olsher reports on this 12W Class A integrated from one of tube audio’s
most venerable marques.
148 HP’s Workshop
: HP bestows his own Editor’s Choice Awards.
169 Manufacturer Comments
156 Taking Jazz Outside the Box
Jeff Wilson on some of today’s most interesting genre-crossing jazz
musicians and their best recordings.
159 Download Round-Up
Alan Taffel and Andrew Quint review recent hi-res downloads — rock,
classical, and jazz.
New releases from Etta James, Florence and the Machine, the Wronglers, and
Noam Pikelny, plus reissues from the Smiths, the Rolling Stones, the Louvin
Brothers, and Janis Ian.
Music for a Time of War on
SACD, Rhapsody in Blue on two
pianos, American clarinet quartets on Naxos, Maninyas
on violin, and Spanish Masters
reanimated on Zenph Sound Innovations.
169 Fives Faves: We recommend a quintet of fine Irish bands just in
time for St. Patty’s Day.
The latest from Dave Douglas, Chick Corea, and Christian McBride, along with
stellar remasters from Wayne Shorter and Milt Jackson.
176 Back Page: Analog guru Ron Sutherland talks with Neil Gader.
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