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The Absolute Sound    November 2017

 

The Absolute Sound Issue 277 November 2017

   Welcome to The Abso!ute Sound online! We explore music and the reproduction of music in the home. We believe that the sound of music, unamplified, occurring in a real space is a philosophic absolute against which we may judge the performance of devices designed to reproduce music. Our goal is to provide the resources consumers need to judge how a component's sound either honors or departs from the music's truth, and to make sound purchasing decisions that maximize their experience of reproduced sound.

 

Articles & Reviews In This Issue
8 Letters

 

12 From the Editor: The Crème de la Crème
Editorial By Robert Harley

 

14 Industry News
B&W launches its new, wildly affordable 700 series of loudspeakers. Alan Taffel attended a demo and was amazed by what he heard. 

 

16 TAS Legacy
The classic Quad "57" ESL.

2018 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide

 

26 Stand-Mounted Loudspeakers

 

42 Floorstanding Loudspeakers

 

76 Subwoofers

 

80 Power Amplifiers

 

106 Integrated Amplifiers

 

122 All-In-One Systems

 

The Absolute Sound Issue 277 November 2017

 

124 Preamplifiers

 

142 Preamp/DACs

 

146 Phonostages

 

154 CD/SACD Players

 

160 DACs

 

168 Music Servers and Peripheral Products

 

174 Portable Music Players

 

176 Turntables and Record Players

 

192 Tonearms

 

196 Phono Cartridges

 

202 Tape Decks

 

204 Record Cleaning Machines 

 

208 Equipment Racks

 

210 Power Conditioners

 

212 Interconnects and Speaker Cables

 

226 Power Cords

 

230 Digital Cables

 

232 Headphone Amplifiers and Docks

 

234 Earphones

 

235 Custom-Fit In-Ear Monitors

 

235 Headphones

 

238 Acoustic Treatments

 

239 Accessories

 

244 Books

 

248 The Top 50
The 50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio 
(and where to find them in this issue)

 

 

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