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Stereophile Aug 2020

stereophile-august-2020

2nd Edition

Revinylization #9: Sonny Rollins's Way Out West on ERC
Used copies of Sonny Rollins's classic 1957 record Way Out West are easy enough to find. The album has been reissued some 30 times on vinyl, most recently in 2018 on Craft Recordings (but read Michael Fremer's take on that reissue before buying). You can still buy Original Jazz Classics reissues from 1988--sealed --for about $20.

GoldenEar BRX (Bookshelf Reference X) loudspeaker
Loudspeaker manufacturer GoldenEar Technology was founded in 2010 by a team led by Sandy Gross, who over the decades was responsible for a succession of affordable high-performance loudspeakers from Polk and Definitive Technology.

Analog Corner #301: WallyTractor, StylusTimer, Fuuga, Tzar DST
How goes your quarantining? Honestly, my life hasn't changed much here. I'm locked in the basement as usual, happy to have a good audio system and overwhelmed by my musical choices.

Summer Vinyl Sweeps which features prizes from VPI/SVS/Nordost and Disney Music Emporium!
Register to win a complete vinyl playback system and stack of records (Value $4,682.44 total) we are giving away!

LKV Veros PWR+ power amplifier
As much as I admire Belgian amplifier designer Bruno Putzeys's accomplishments, I have harbored some misgivings about class-D amplifier sound.

AMG Viella Forte turntable and 12JT tonearm
German engineering acumen and machining excellence--acknowledged and admired worldwide--are nowhere to be seen on AMG's flagship Viella Forte turntable and new 12JT tonearm.

1st Edition

"What's Going On"
I watched the TV with horror. George Floyd, an African-American man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was being killed in front of the camera. I retreated to the listening room. In what couldn't have been a coincidence, the Roon app's "Discover" function had recommended I play What's Going On, Marvin Gaye's groundbreaking album, released in 1971 by Motown subsidiary Tamla.

James Taylor: an American Standard
On iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor's 20th album, American Standard, the lanky crooner adapts the classic American songbook to his easy-rolling musical ways. The result is an American mixture of timeless songcraft.

Analog Corner #299: Haniwa HCVC01, CAD Ground Control, DS Audio Vinyl Ionizer-001
Lately, current amplification-based moving-coil phono preamplifiers have gotten a great deal of well-deserved press. For years, Haniwa's Dr. Kubo has been designing and selling super-low-internal-impedance cartridges because such cartridges work best with such devices.

Gold Note DS-10 D/A processor
I felt like I'd just been offered a choice of 31 flavors of Baskin-Robbins ice cream topped with up to 57 varieties of Heinz ketchup, 57 condiments, and 47 brands of coddled cream.

JL Audio Fathom f110v2 powered subwoofer
Some contentious issues will not be resolved in my lifetime: vinyl vs digital, tubes vs solid state, subjective vs objective, streaming vs physical media. Also, subwoofers vs no subwoofers in a stereo music system.

Weiss Engineering DAC502 D/A processor
Hi-fi system resolution has long been the cause of heated arguments. But when it comes to converting digital data to an analog signal, there can be no argument. Data go in at one end of a DAC and an analog signal comes out of the other end, with a noise floor directly rated to the combination of the converter's digital and analog resolution.

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