• Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

    Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

    Every hobby, by its very nature, runs the constant risk of losing contact with its own foundational intent or purpose. The closeness of specialization can, over time, turn into an abstraction where the tether to ...
  • Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

    Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

    Like many long-time TAS readers, I have been on a multi-decade quest to achieve the absolute sound—the illusion of hearing actual acoustic instruments playing in a wonderful concert hall—through my stereo system. After years of ...
  • 2018 New York Audio Show Report

    2018 New York Audio Show Report

    Overview The history of the New York Audio Show can best be described as rocky. Decades ago, the show was run by Stereophile magazine, and it was a juggernaut. I remember making an annual pilgrimage ...
  • Grant Green on Resonance

    Grant Green on Resonance

    After establishing an industry rep as the premier archival jazz label on the scene today through a string of previously unheard recordings by such jazz giants as Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Larry Young, ...
  • A Roon Primer

    A Roon Primer

    What Is Roon? Roon is a music playback and management software suite for digital audio components. There are many such products on the market, including iTunes and JRiver’s Media Center, but what makes Roon special ...
  • Personal Audio at CanJam RMAF 2018

    Personal Audio at CanJam RMAF 2018

    The online Head-Fi community is the world’s largest organization dedicated specifically to the enjoyment of high-performance personal audio and each year it produces multiple large-scale CanJam shows across the U.S. and in select international sites. ...
  • RMAF 2018 – Electronics $15k and Up

    RMAF 2018 – Electronics $15k and Up

    Most Significant New Products VAC Statement 450i iQ integrated amplifier This new and state-of-the-art Statement 450i iQ integrated amp from Kevin Hayes of Valve Amplification Company (VAC) makes a statement indeed and epitomizes extreme audio. ...
  • The Stones Roll on Wax

    The Stones Roll on Wax

    Like the ever-shifting sands of time, the Rolling Stones continue to, well, roll on. In fact, the World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band wrapped up their most recent No Filter tour in the U.K. in ...
  • RMAF 2018 – Analog

    RMAF 2018 – Analog

    The analog renaissance appears to be stronger than ever with a number of new analog products making their worldwide or U.S. debuts at RMAF. While the sheer number of new offerings didn’t compare with the ...
  • RMAF 2018 – Digital

    RMAF 2018 – Digital

    In the past I’ve reported on both digital and personal audio at RMAF in one report. But as RMAF and CANJAM have continued to expand, so has The Absolute Sound’s coverage. Now Chris Martens of ...

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