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Stereophile Jan 2019

Stereophile-January-2019

1st Edition

Sponsored: Crazy Last-Minute Deals on Polk Speakers For Our Readers
New York-based retailer Adorama is offering some crazy deals exclusively to our readers on a half-dozen speakers from Polk Audio. Discounts range from 58% to a whopping 67% off and include free shipping. Here's a rundown on the deals . . .

Listening #193: Nordost Flatline cables
Among the many bits of audio lore that never have and probably never will be aired in public is the story of the amp that ignited the reviewer's curtains. (I assume that at least some of you hoped I was going to say "pants.")

Recording of December 1962: Britten: Noye's Fludde
This musical setting of the Chester miracle play about Noah, his ark, and the problems attendant thereof, if one of the most movingly beautiful recorded works I have ever heard. Its simplicity and sincerity are a stinging rebuke to those contemporary composers who have forgotten that music is basically an expression of emotion.

Recording of March 1963: Mahler: Symphony No.1
This is one of those rare combinations of a superb recording and a stunning performance. As far as I'm concerned, it is the best Mahler First that Bruno Walter committed to discs during his lifetime, including the last one that he made with the New York Philharmonic.

Chesky Raps It Home for the New Year
Many of us enter the New Year with a mixture of sorrow for our losses and hope for what lies ahead. While there's no right way to celebrate 2019's symbolic new start, one approach to creating space for the new is to pause long enough to acknowledge our lives and environment for exactly what they are at the present moment.

Chord Electronics Qutest D/A processor
Back in the mid-1990s, I believed that the design of D/A processors was fundamentally a solved problem. The resistor-ladder, multi-bit DAC chips of the 1980s, with their linearity errors, had been replaced by sigma-delta types that had minimal linearity error down to the lowest signal levels.

Bill Charlap: Life, Love, Songs, and Pianos
Autumn in New York--watching Central Park change colors. Also time to catch the Bill Charlap Trio during their annual residency at the Village Vanguard: Charlap at the piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington at the drums in the Church of Jazz.

Cambridge Audio Edge A integrated amplifier
One summer in the mid-2000s I purchased a pair of Cambridge Audio components for my red-headed, tango-dancing Texas girlfriend. She quickly saw through my ruse to install some solid hi-fi in her New Jersey home away from home--but eventually she acquiesced, and soon Michael Martin Murphey (she), the Beatles (me), and Miles Davis (us) filled our weekends with music.

Cary Audio CAD-805RS monoblock power amplifier
There's no place for fashion in epidemiology, aeronautical engineering, or the mining and storage of uranium. Fortunately, domestic audio is less serious, its goals more scattered and ambiguous, than those and a thousand other pursuits.

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