• Discovering a great bargain

    Discovering a great bargain

    July 2 - The most rewarding aspect of reviewing great hi-fi is discovering products that are stunning great at a reasonable price. It's rare for a product to stand out as being clearly superior to ...
  • Upcoming in The Absolute Sound

    Upcoming in The Absolute Sound

    July 5 - Our special feature on the state of digital audio (Issue 174) includes a retrospective in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Compact Disc's US launch. My editorial in that issue laments ...
  • New Op-Amps Promise High-End Sound

    New Op-Amps Promise High-End Sound

    August 16 - A new generation of operational amplifiers (op-amps) and power-amplifier drivers from National Semiconductor might result in a wholesale improvement in sound quality across a wide range of audio products. Op-amps are everywhere: ...
  • How to Choose the Best Loudspeaker

    How to Choose the Best Loudspeaker

    (Excepted and adapted from Introductory Guide to High-Performance Audio Systems by Robert Harley © 2007 by Robert Harley. To order, call 800 888-4741 or visit hifibooks.com.) August 21 - Your first decision in choosing loudspeakers ...
  • Older Ears?

    Older Ears?

    I receiver a reader letter just yesterday asking whether reviewers' judgments can be trusted as they get older. I'll cite two examples of individuals in their 70s who are doing their best work—work that relies ...
  • Why no Blu-ray Music-only Format

    Why no Blu-ray Music-only Format

    The forthcoming Sony BDP-S550 is certainly a breakthrough product that will provide a hardware platform that might spur the release of Blu-ray music titles from specialty labels. I agree that the professional SACD community (record ...
  • Reflections on What’s Best

    Reflections on What’s Best

    What is the best speaker? What is the best amplifier? What is the best preamplifier, phonostage, turntable/tonearm/cartridge? I can tell you what I think I is best for me, given my taste in and experience ...
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest Notes

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest Notes

    Denver: Friday, October 10 will be a day remembered by audiophiles for two things. It was the kickoff for 2008's RMAF, an annual show open to consumers which spot-lights the best and the brightest in ...

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