• Sonus faber Venere Model 1.5

    Sonus faber Venere Model 1.5

    Sonus faber, I thought I knew you—that we had an understanding. What happened? You’ve seduced me for years with romantic, walnut-and-leather-accented, lute- shaped loudspeakers inspired by the 18th century craftsmanship of the Cremonese master luthiers. ...
  • Monitor Audio GX50 Loudspeaker

    Monitor Audio GX50 Loudspeaker

    There’s an embarrassment of riches in the under-$2k loudspeaker category and, fortunately for me, I’ve been able to experience firsthand some of those bargains over the last few issues. For example, I recently wrote about ...
  • State of the Art in D.C.

    State of the Art in D.C.

    Audio reviewing tends to be a mostly solitary endeavor. But that’s not to say reviewers are anti-social. However, as much as TAS staffers like me would like to pay a colleague a visit to check ...
  • Sneak Peak: KEF LS50

    Sneak Peak: KEF LS50

    Some speakers sure know how to make an entrance. I know that’s how I felt when I crossed paths with the KEF LS50 a few months ago. I’m just wrapping up a full review of ...
  • Pioneer SP-BS22 LR Loudspeaker

    Pioneer SP-BS22 LR Loudspeaker

    What are your expectations for a $129/pair loudspeaker? Not all that high I would guess. At the very least, you’d expect it to work reliably, play reasonably loud, and not look too schlocky. But high-end ...
  • Billy Joel: 52nd Street

    Billy Joel: 52nd Street

    Billy Joel’s 52nd Street was huge—a certified- platinum monster that’s logged over ten million sales since its 1978 release. While The Stranger, which debuted a year earlier, cemented Joel’s status as a global star, 52nd ...
  • KEF R-300 Loudspeaker

    KEF R-300 Loudspeaker

    The KEF R Series is the British speaker-maker’s first collection of loudspeakers to integrate some of its most recent innovations, principally those in the ground- breaking $30,000 Blade (Issue 222). A family of nine transducers, ...
  • Jennifer Warnes: The Well

    Jennifer Warnes: The Well

    Jennifer Warnes is one of the most underrated pop singers of her generation. Her albums, though few and far between, brim with melody and craft—and lyrics both intelligent and emotionally weighted. The Well was originally ...

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