• Audio Physic Cardeas 30 LJE

    Audio Physic Cardeas 30 LJE

    Non-audiophiles watching a member of our tribe move towards the purchase of a costly assault-on-the-art loudspeaker may believe that acquiring that component guarantees sonic nirvana. We members of the tribe know better. That understanding is ...
  • Focal Sopra No1

    Focal Sopra No1

    There’s something to be said for a high-end loudspeaker manufacturer actually making its own drivers. The number of companies that do this is relatively small, though many try to obfuscate the matter by declaring that ...
  • RMAF 2016 Show Report – Andrew Quint

    RMAF 2016 Show Report – Andrew Quint

    Due to the incomplete state of the extensive renovations undertaken at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, a number of loudspeaker manufacturers were disadvantaged by rooms that were less than ideal—that is, too small—to demonstrate their ...
  • Women at the New Piano

    Women at the New Piano

    Reference Recordings garnered seven nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards, including two for Woman at the New Piano. The disc premieres six works written in 2013 by four composers, three of whom, like Shpachenko, live ...
  • Lyn Stanley

    Lyn Stanley

    In the middle of Saturday afternoon at AXPONA 2016 in Chicago, I witnessed what is surely the most demanding test of an audio system there can be—an A/B showdown with The Real Thing. A crowd ...
  • Lehman: Chamber Music Vol. 1

    Lehman: Chamber Music Vol. 1

    Mark Louis Lehman is one of us, and I mean that quite literally. Lehman has long been on the TAS masthead and was this magazine’s music editor from 2008 to 2014; as an audiophile, former ...
  • Tartini: Secondo natura

    Tartini: Secondo natura

    The Italian violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini absorbed the ideals of the Enlightenment, concluding that music was a manifestation of the natural order. Sigurd Imsen’s program of three Tartini chamber works—the Sonata in F Major, ...
  • Tannoy Definition DC10 Ti

    Tannoy Definition DC10 Ti

    If you read a lot of audio equipment reviews (who, me?), you’re aware that it’s de rigueur to note that: (a) the Scottish manufacturer Tannoy Ltd has been in business for a long time (since ...
  • Glenn Gould on SACD

    Glenn Gould on SACD

    There are several subplots to the compelling story of the one-of-a-kind Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who died at the age of 50 in 1982. His eccentricities, at the piano and away from it; his extensive ...
  • Harman’s The Distortion of Sound

    Harman’s The Distortion of Sound

    Card-carrying audiophiles are not infrequently expected to advise civilian acquaintances (that is, non-audiophiles), who are not enjoying reproduced music as much as they could. Not long ago, that meant guiding the poor souls still listening ...
  • PSB Imagine T3 Loudspeaker

    PSB Imagine T3 Loudspeaker

    If there’s an overused term in the frequently hyperbolic, what-am-I-going-to-say-this-time endeavor of audio-equipment evaluation, it could be game changer. Maybe there should be a rule: A reviewer can trot out that descriptor, say, only once ...

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