• The Last Days of Telarc

    The Last Days of Telarc

    While Telarc Records, as we knew it, did not officially cease to exist on the last day of March, it will only be a shell of its former self. As one of its principals put ...
  • The $2000 CD Made From Glass

    The $2000 CD Made From Glass

    The $2000 CD Made from Glass Robert Harley Japanese CD manufacturer Memory-Tech is offering to replicate CDs made from glass rather than the conventional polycarbonate. The rationale? Glass CDs sound better. Memory-Tech calls the discs ...
  • Let's Call The Whole Thing Off!

    Let's Call The Whole Thing Off!

    For the last six months I’ve been listening to the best solid-state amplifiers I’ve yet heard in my home: the Soulution 710 stereo and 700 monoblock. This gear (coupled with Soulution’s superb 720 full-function preamp ...
  • Do Hard-Disk Drives Sound Better Than CD?

    Do Hard-Disk Drives Sound Better Than CD?

    Do Hard-Disk Drives Sound Better than CDs? Robert Harley A reader's post of an interesting and relevant question regarding the sound quality of hard-disk-based music servers versus CD (http://www.avguide.com/forums/cd-player-vs-computerserver-system) prompted me to post my experience ...
  • New Turntables from $1295 to $10K

    New Turntables from $1295 to $10K

    A lot of exotic turntables were shown at CES 2009. However, there were several new 'tables of note that won't break the bank and promise to offer real sonic value. Following are the most significant ...
  • Dick Olsher's Tube-Gear Finds

    Dick Olsher's Tube-Gear Finds

    Editor's Note: Following is an excerpt from Dick Olsher's CES 2009 Report on new tube gear. Read the full CES report in the current issue of TAS (http://www.avguide.com/theabsolutesound/the-absolute-sound-aprilmay-09) Ripples of the global recession were clearly ...
  • Hard Times and the High End

    Hard Times and the High End

    Just recently a reader with the screen name "blackfly" posted this cogent comment to the thread on the $89k Magico M5 loudspeaker: Personally, I very much like the M5, and would love to own a ...
  • Inside the YG Acoustics Factory

    Inside the YG Acoustics Factory

    Inside the YG Acoustics Factory Robert Harley YG Acoustics is a relatively young company (founded in 2002) that has made quite a splash in the upper-end of the loudspeaker market. The firm has attracted some ...

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