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Stereophile Aug 2021

Stereophile-August-2021

2nd Edition

Respect the Music: Apple & Dolby Atmos
In early May, some of in the music press got an advance look at what was coming soon from Apple Music. Apple announced that, following the example of Tidal, Qobuz, and Amazon Music HD, the company would no longer deal in AAC, their improved (but still lossy) MP3 equivalent.

EISA Hi-Fi Awards 2021-2022
EISA, or the Expert Imaging and Sound Association, is an organisation representing 60 of the most respected special interest publications and websites from 29 countries that cover Hi-Fi, Home Theatre Video, Home Theatre Audio, Photography, Mobile Devices, and In-Car Electronics.

From the Archives: Rauna Balder loudspeaker
The Swedish Rauna company, which has been in existence for about five years--their little Mk.II Tyr two-way impressed J. Gordon Holt a couple of years back in Vol.9 No.2--appears to be dedicated to the use of concrete as an enclosure material.

From the Archives: SigTech TF 1120 Time Field Acoustic Correction System
Imagine an electronic magic wand you could wave at your listening room's acoustical problems to make them disappear. The Cambridge Signal Technologies SigTech TF 1120 may be just such an alchemical device. Its efficacy depends on the nature of the acoustical warts in your listening environment.

From the Archives: Conrad-Johnson PV-5 preamplifier
The $1485 PV-5 is a "budget" version of C-J's $2850 Premier Three preamplifier, but according to the manufacturer it embodies much the same kind of circuitry.

August 2021 Classical Record Reviews
Here, skilled musicians take a back seat and the recording takes the wheel: five LPs of solo (and near-solo) Bach recorded with a single stereo array of tubed, AKG C12 clones (by Flea), vintage Focusrite pres, and a Sony reel-to-reel connected up with Nordost cable. Lacquers were cut on a Neumann VMS 80 lathe and vinyl was pressed at Optimal.

1st Edition

Bryce Dessner: Crossing Boundaries
Crossing borders and genre boundaries is never easy, but for Bryce Dessner, it's become a familiar experience.

Analog Corner #278: Swedish Analog Technologies LM-09 tonearm; DS Audio Master1 optical cartridge
Despite one website's recent claim that "Vinyl's Revival Is Already Fading," Nielsen SoundScan recently announced that vinyl sales for the first half of 2018 were up 19.2% over 2017, led by Jack White's Boarding House Reach, with 37,000 copies sold so far (and we know that N/S misses a great deal of the action).

Revinylization #20: Kind of Great: Kind of Blue
Does the world need another audiophile reissue of Kind of Blue? This was the obvious question to ask upon news that Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions was joining the party.

Accuphase DG-68 Digital Voicing Equalizer
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. A great concept--sound enough to serve as the foundation for an independent democratic nation.

Thorens TD 124 DD Record Player
In 1957, Switzerland-based Thorens introduced the TD 124 turntable, a record player destined to become a classic. (TD is an initialism for tourne disque, French for turntable.)

Analog Corner #279: Technics SL-1000R turntable, Swedish Analog Technologies CF1-09 tonearm
Technics' sudden decision, in October 2010, to stop making its iconic SL-1200 direct-drive turntable, then in its MK6 iteration, took vinyl fans by surprise. At the time, although sales of vinyl and turntables for home use were surging, their use in clubs was falling as DJs moved to the digits.

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