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Nestorovic Alpha-1 power amplifier

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

The great debate that has long separated audiophiles is tubes vs solid-state. Other topics, CD for example, may temporarily steal the spotlight, but year-in and year-out no other subject is the cause of as much controversy as whether tubed or solid-state circuitry produces the more accurate sound. As is typical with long-standing feuds, the split runs deep, and tempers often flare.

Even if you are among the majority of audiophiles who keep open minds in this matter, making a decision between tube and solid-state electronics is one of the most difficult choices you can face.… Read the full article

Nestorovic Alpha-1 power amplifier

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

The great debate that has long separated audiophiles is tubes vs solid-state. Other topics, CD for example, may temporarily steal the spotlight, but year-in and year-out no other subject is the cause of as much controversy as whether tubed or solid-state circuitry produces the more accurate sound. As is typical with long-standing feuds, the split runs deep, and tempers often flare.

Even if you are among the majority of audiophiles who keep open minds in this matter, making a decision between tube and solid-state electronics is one of the most difficult choices you can face.… Read the full article

Recording of June 1964: Joan Baez In Concert, Part 2

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Joan Baez In Concert, Part 2
Joan Baez, vocals, guitar
Vanguard VTC-1679 (tape), VSD-2123 (LP). Maynard Solomon, prod., Reice Hamel, eng. TT: 48:00.

Well, we finally got ourselves equipped to review 4-track open-reel tapes, via a slightly modified Ampex F-44. All the tapes we have auditioned had noticeably higher hiss than the average stereo disc, but this was not loud enough to be distracting except when the tapes were reproduced at very high levels. Even then, we found the smooth, even hiss to be less objectionable than the ticks and pops from some discs played at the same level.… Read the full article

Recording of June 1964: Joan Baez In Concert, Part 2

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Joan Baez In Concert, Part 2
Joan Baez, vocals, guitar
Vanguard VTC-1679 (tape), VSD-2123 (LP). Maynard Solomon, prod., Reice Hamel, eng. TT: 48:00.

Well, we finally got ourselves equipped to review 4-track open-reel tapes, via a slightly modified Ampex F-44. All the tapes we have auditioned had noticeably higher hiss than the average stereo disc, but this was not loud enough to be distracting except when the tapes were reproduced at very high levels. Even then, we found the smooth, even hiss to be less objectionable than the ticks and pops from some discs played at the same level.… Read the full article

Sunday at the NYAS with Jim Austin

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

The last time I covered the New York Audio Show it was not, frankly, a great experience. The show was really small. It seemed like everyone was playing Diana Krall or some pop-classical piece from an audiophile label. Nobody, it seemed, dared to play interesting music.

This year’s experience was better—much better. The first room I walked into—the Audio Note UK room—was playing an old cello LP; it sounded like Jacqueline du Pré, but I’m not sure. A good Audio Note UK system is a very fine way to listen to old classical LPs, among the finest.… Read the full article

Sunday at the NYAS with Jim Austin

By | November 13th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

The last time I covered the New York Audio Show it was not, frankly, a great experience. The show was really small. It seemed like everyone was playing Diana Krall or some pop-classical piece from an audiophile label. Nobody, it seemed, dared to play interesting music.

This year’s experience was better—much better. The first room I walked into—the Audio Note UK room—was playing an old cello LP; it sounded like Jacqueline du Pré, but I’m not sure. A good Audio Note UK system is a very fine way to listen to old classical LPs, among the finest.… Read the full article

Dealer Event in San Francisco Thursday

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Thursday November 15, 7:30–10pm, Audio Vision S.F. (1628 California Street—at the end of the historic cable car line—San Francisco, CA 94109) is holding what they call a “BIG FREE HOME AUDIO EVENT!!” Featured will be D/A processors from Chord Electronics, a SME Reference turntable system, loudspeakers from Raidho, and Nordost power and cabling systems.

Attendees are asked to bring some music to re-experience and are told to expect a night of unparalleled sonic excellence There will be wine, beer, light nibbles, and some prizes as well!!… Read the full article

Dealer Event in San Francisco Thursday

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Thursday November 15, 7:30–10pm, Audio Vision S.F. (1628 California Street—at the end of the historic cable car line—San Francisco, CA 94109) is holding what they call a “BIG FREE HOME AUDIO EVENT!!” Featured will be D/A processors from Chord Electronics, a SME Reference turntable system, loudspeakers from Raidho, and Nordost power and cabling systems.

Attendees are asked to bring some music to re-experience and are told to expect a night of unparalleled sonic excellence There will be wine, beer, light nibbles, and some prizes as well!!… Read the full article

The December Issue's Here

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

We know, we know, it’s only November 12. But it’s one heck of an issue, featuring our Products of 2018, and it’s hitting newsstands, tablets, and mailbox now! The versatile Ovation PA 8.2 preamplifier from German company AVM is featured on the December cover and this issue’s line-up of reviews has a European flavor: as well as the AVM, we audition Elac’s Adante AF-61 speaker and EMT’s HSD 006 phono cartridge (Germany); the ATC CDA2 CD player, Harbeth P3ESR minimonitor, and Wharfedale Diamond 11.2 bookshelf speaker (UK); Ortofon SPU Wood pickup head (Denmark); and Aqua Formula xHD DAC (Italy).… Read the full article

The December Issue's Here

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

We know, we know, it’s only November 12. But it’s one heck of an issue, featuring our Products of 2018, and it’s hitting newsstands, tablets, and mailbox now! The versatile Ovation PA 8.2 preamplifier from German company AVM is featured on the December cover and this issue’s line-up of reviews has a European flavor: as well as the AVM, we audition Elac’s Adante AF-61 speaker and EMT’s HSD 006 phono cartridge (Germany); the ATC CDA2 CD player, Harbeth P3ESR minimonitor, and Wharfedale Diamond 11.2 bookshelf speaker (UK); Ortofon SPU Wood pickup head (Denmark); and Aqua Formula xHD DAC (Italy).… Read the full article