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Hardware Reviews

Acoustic Sciences Corporation Tube Traps

The Anthem CD 1 CD Player

The Anthem Pre 1P Phono Stage

Anthony Gallo Acoustics' Nucleus Solo Loudspeaker

Anthony Gallo Acoustics' Nucleus Solo Loudspeaker: Follow-Up

The Assemblage DAC-2 D/A Converter

The Atma-Sphere M-60 Mk.II Reference Monoblock Power Amplifiers

The Audio Analogue Puccini Integrated Amplifier

The Audible Illusions Modulus 3A Preamplifier

The Audio Magic Presto II Digital Cable

The Audio Power Industries Power Wedge 114 AC Line Conditioner

The Audio Research D130 Power Amplifier

The Benz-Aesthetix Moving-Coil Cartridge Demagnetizer

The Bel Canto Design SETi40 Integrated Amplifier

The Benz-Micro L0.4 Phono Cartridge

Black Diamond Racing's Round Things Record Clamp

Cary CD-303 one box CD player

The Camelot Technologies Merlin Pro CD Transport

The Camelot Technologies Dragon Pro 2 Mk.II Jitter Reducer/Resolution Enhancer

The Camelot Technologies Uther v2.0 Mk.II DAC

The Coincident Speaker Technology Conquest Loudspeaker

The Coincident Speaker Technology Triumph Signature Loudspeaker

The Coincident Speaker Technology Triumph Signature Loudspeaker: Follow-up

The Copland CDA 266 CD Player

Cromolin Vibration Control Strips

The D Lin Audio Silver Bullets 4.0 Interconnects

Elnika Edgar integrated amplifier

The Esoteric Audio Research 834P Phono Stage

The Jadis Orchestra Integrated Amplifier

Echo Busters Acoustical Room Treatment Products

The 47 Laboratory System

Immedia Needle Nectar Stylus Cleaning Fluid

The Kimber PBJ Interconnect

The Kimber 4TC Loudspeaker Cable

The LP Lab Carbon Fibre Armtube for the Well-Tempered Tonearm

The Lyra Lydian Phono Cartridge

The MDG Audio Allegrio Preamplifier and Power Amplifier

The Meadowlark Audio Kestrel Loudspeaker

The Naim Audio CD 3.5 CD Player

The NBS King/Serpent II Interconnect and Loudspeaker Cable

The Nitty Gritty 2.5Fi Mk.II Record Cleaning Machine

The Nitty Gritty CD Master CD Cleaning System

The ProAc Response One SC Loudspeaker

The ProAc Studio 150 Loudspeaker

The Quad ESL-57 and ESL-63 USA Monitors

The Radio Shack Sound Pressure Level Meter

The Rega Planet CD Player

Rowland Concentra integrated amp

The Silver Audio Silver Breeze Analog Transmission Cable

The SimAudio Celeste Moon W-3 Power Amplifier

The SimAudio Celeste Moon W-5 Power Amplifier

The Soliloquy 5.3 Loudspeaker Part 1

The Soliloquy 5.3 Loudspeaker Part 2

The Soliloquy Sat Five monitor and S10 subwoofer

The Sonic Frontiers Line 1 Preamplifier

The Sonic Frontiers Power 1 Power Amplifier

The Sonic Frontiers Power 2 Power Amplifier

The Sonic Frontiers Phono 1 Phono Stage

The Sonic Frontiers Assemblage SET 300B power amplifier

The Sony SCD-1 SACD player

The Stager Sound Systems Silver Solids Interconnect

Symposium Acoustics Rollerblocks

Talk Electronics System 3 (CD player, pre and amplifier)

The Totem Acoustics Forest Loudspeakers

The Transparent Audio HDL Digital Cable

The Transparent Audio MusicLink Plus Interconnect

The Transparent Audio MusicWave Plus Loudspeaker cable

The Vandersteen 2Wq Subwoofer

The Verity Audio Fidelio Loudspeaker

The Visual Ears Loudspeaker Placement Program

The VPI Aries Turntable

The VPI HW-19 MK-III Turntable

The VPI Synchronous Drive System: First Look

The Waveform Mach 17 Loudspeaker System

Welborne Labs Apollo I DHT Amplifiers

The Wilson Benesch Circle Turntable and ACT 0.5 Tonearm

The Wireworld Polaris III Interconnect and Loudspeaker Cable

The Wireworld Starlight III Digital Cable

Yamamura Millennium Q-151 CD Coating Oil

Record Reviews - Classical

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations
Murray Perahia, piano

J. S. Bach: Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4
Murray Perahia, piano/ASMF

J.S. Bach: Transcriptions
Esa-Pekka Solonen, L.A. Philharmonic

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Eugen Jochum/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Schneiderhan:violin (DG)

Bernstein: Overture and Suite from "Candide"; Five Songs; Three Meditations from "Mass"; Divertimento for Orchestra
Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra Beth Clayton, mezzo-soprano, Anthony Ross, cello
Reference Recordings

Bolero:Orchestral Fireworks
Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Cello Sonata (78)
Emanuel Ax, piano Yo Yo Ma, cello Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink (Sony)

Brahms: Violin Sonata No.1 in G Major Op. 78, Beach: Sonata in A minor Op. 34
Arturo Delmoni: violin, Yuri Funahashi: piano (John Marks Records)

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Georg Tintner/Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Naxos

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Stanislav Skrowaczewski/Minnesota Orchestra (Reference Recordsings)

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
(Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond.)

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Grande Valse Brilliante in A minor, Op. 34 no.2; Variations on "La ci darem la mano", Op. 2
Emmanuel Ax

A Fistful of Naxos (April 2000)

Isaac Stern: My First 79 Years (Sony Classical)

Mephisto & Co.: The Music of Liszt, Mussorgsky, Liadov, Franck, Dukas, Saint-Saëns, Arnold and Strauss (Reference Recordings)

Music for a Glass Bead Game
Arturo Delmoni: violin, Nathaniel Rosen: cello (John Marks Records)

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Jesús López Cobos/Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra (Telarc)

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
James Levine, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (DGG)

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Eiji Oue, Minnesota Orchestra (Reference Recordings)

Marches I've Missed
(Frederick Fennell, cond.)

Mendelssohn: String Quintets

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Wolfgang Schneiderhan/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Schneiderhan: violin (DG)

Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 9 in Eb, K.271; No. 25 in C, K.503
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Richard Goode: piano (Nonesuch)

Paganini's Dreams
Ruggiero Ricci, violin Brooks Smith, piano (John Marks Records)

Paul Paray: Joan of Arc Mass/Symphony No. 1
James Paul/Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus (Reference Recordings)

Pictures at an Exhibition: Music by Mussourgsky, Ravel, Debussy, Schumann, and Chabrier (Reference Recordings)

Ports of Call: The Music of Chabrier, Sibelius, Ibert, Alfven, Borodin, Smetana and Tchaikovsky (Reference Recordings)

Essential Purcell
Robert King/The King's Consort (Hyperion)

Recent Classical Releases (January 2000)

Reverie: Romantic Music for Quiet Times
Nathaniel Rosen: cello, Doris Stevens: piano, Arturo Delmoni: violin, Kaaren Erickson: soprano (John Marks Records)

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major (The Great), D944
Sergiu Celibidache, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (EMI)

Sensemayá - Music of Silvestre Revueltas

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group - Sony

Serebrier Conducts Serebrier
London Philharmonic
Reference Recordings

Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, Orchestral Lieder, Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Christoph Eschenbach/Houston Symphony Orchestra, René Fleming: soprano (RCA)

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Die Frau ohne Schatten Suite
Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra (Reference Recordings)

Mendelssohn, Schubert/Liszt, Bach/Busoni: Songs Without Words Murray Perahia, piano (Sony Classical)

Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite, The Song of the Nightingale, The Rite of Spring
Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra (Reference Recordings)

Stravinsky: Symphonies
En Shao/New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Naxos)

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococco Theme, Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Nathaniel Rosen (John Marks Records)

Turtle Creek Chorale: Psalms
(Reference Recordings)

Vivaldi for Diverse Instruments
Nicholas McGegan/Philharmonia Baroque (Reference Recordings)

Record Reviews - Film Music

Georges Auric: Film Scores
Adriano/Moscow Symphony Orchestra (Marco Polo)

Patrick Doyle: East-West (Sony)

Hugo Friedhofer: Film Music
William T. Stromberg/Moscow Symphony (Marco Polo)

The Great British Film Music Album
Various orchestras, conducted by Kenneth Alwyn, Paul Bateman (Silva Screen)

Bernard Herrmann/Alfred Newman: The Egyptian
Moscow Symphony Orchestra, William T. Stromberg, cond. (Marco Polo)

Bernard Herrmann: Taxi Driver Soundtrack
(Bernard Herrmann, cond.)

Film Score Monthly's "Golden Age Classics"

Tribute to Erich Wolfgang Korngold

The Ladykillers: Music from those Glorious Ealing Films
(Kenneth Alwyn, Royal Ballet Sinfonia)

The Lion's Roar: Classic MGM Film Scores 1935-1965
MGM Studio Orchestra

Ennio Morricone: The Legend of 1900 (Original Soundtrack)

Alfred Newman: How the West was Won (Rhino/Turner)

Alfred Newman: The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Beau Geste; All About Eve (Moscow Symphony, William Stronberg, cond.)

Alex North: Viva Zapata (Varese Saraband)

Recent Soundtrack Releases (January 2000)

Miklos Rosza at MGM

Shostakovich: The Film Album

Max Steiner: They Died with Their Boots On

Warsaw Concerto and other Piano Concertos from the Movies
Philip Fowke, piano; RTE Concert Orchestra, conducted by Proinnsias o Duinn (Naxos)

Franz Waxman: Legends of Hollywood Vol.4 (Varese Sarabande)

Franz Waxman: Humoresque (Varese Sarabande)

20th Century Fox: Music from the Golden Age (Varese Sarabande)

Record Reviews - Jazz

The Harry Allen Quartet: Blue Skies (John Marks Records)

The Lynne Arriale Trio: The Eyes Have It (DMP Records)

The Lynne Arriale Trio: With Words Unspoken (DMP Records)

Lenny Breau: Live at Bourbon Street (Guitarchives Records)

Beyond the Missouri Sky: (Short stories) by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny (Verve)

John Coltrane: Coltrane (MCA Impulse!)

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab)

The DMP Big Band Salutes Duke Ellington (DMP Records)

Dave Grusin: Random Hearts (Sony/Columbia)

Dick Hyman in Recital (Reference Recordings)

The Bob Mintzer Big Band: Big Band Trane (DMP Records)

Ottmar Liebert: Innamorare - Summer Flamenco (Epic)

Eric Reed (piano), Reginal Veal (bass), Gregory Hutchison (drums): Pure Imagination (Impulse)

Thelonious Monk: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival '63, Volume 1 (Mobile Fidelity)

Zoot Sims: In Copenhagen (Mobile Fidelity)

Toots Thielemans: Chez Toots (Windham Hill)

Terence Blanchard: Wandering Moon (Sony Classics)

Carol Welsman: Inclined (welcar)

Cassandra Wilson: New Moon Daughter (Blue Note)

Record Reviews - Pop

Cracker: Gentleman's Blues

The Fabulous Thunderbirds: High Water (High Street Records)

Janis Ian: Hunger (Windham Hill)

Josh Joplin Group: Useful Music

Chantal Kreviazuk: Colour Moving And Still (Columbia)

John Lennon: Wonsaponatime (Capitol Records)

Willie Nelson: Milk Cow Blues (Pedernales)

Madonna: Ray of Light (Warner Brothers)

Julian Lennon: Photograph Smile (Sony)

Steely Dan: Two Against Nature (Giant Records)

Tara Lyn Hart: Tara Lyn Hart (Epic)

Taj Mahal: Señor Blues (Private Music)

Taj Mahal: Phantom Blues (Private Music)

Taj Mahal: Señor Blues (Private Music)

Shawn Mullins: Beneath the Velvet Sun (Columbia)

Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever (Mobile Fidelity)

Night Noise: The White Horse Sessions (Windham Hill)

Densil Pinnock; Bill Coon: Mona Lisa

Vonda Shepard: Heart and Soul : New songs from Ally McBeal

Vonda Shepard: The Radical Light (Reprise Records)

Vonda Shepard: Songs from Ally McBeal (Sony Music)

Elliot Smith: XO

Warren Zevon: Life'll Kill Ya (Artemis)

Record Reviews - Alternative

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication

Depeche Mode: Ultra

Garbage: Version 2.0 (Almo/Universal)

Hole: Celebrity Skin

Jamiroquai: Synkronized

The Mayfield Four: Fallout (Epic / Sony Music)

Oasis: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants (Epic / Sony Music)

Pearl Jam: Binaural (Epic / Sony Music)

Radiohead: OK Computer (Parlophone/EMI)

The Tragically Hip: Phantom Power (Universal Music)

Zebrahead: Waste of Mind (Columbia Records / Sony Music USA )


Bluebacks Revisited - Part 1

Bluebacks Revisited - Part 2

A Beginner's Guide to Cartridge Setup

A Chat at CES '99 with the Deiter Burmester(RealAudio)

A Chat at CES '99 with the John Dunlavy(RealAudio)

A Chat at CES '99 with "Prof" Keith Johnson of Spectral and Reference Recordings (RealAudio)

The Classic Records Reissues - Part 1

The Classic Records Reissues - Part 2

The Classic Records Reissues - Part 3

The Classic Records Reissues - Part 4

Concert Pianists for a Weekend: The Van Cliburn Amateurs

Going Home Again: The Second Van Cliburn Amateurs

Editor's Choice - 1997 Components of Merit

A survey of in-print Jazz reissues on vinyl - Part 1

A $25 DIY Turntable Stand

Sonic Frontiers Factory Tour

Waveform Factory Tour

Von Schweikert Research Factory Tour

A Bit About Word Lengths and Sampling Rates

The Sound Archeology Digital Remastering Process

The Wizard of AWEs - An Interview with Coincident Speaker Technology's Israel Blume

Future Look: Will DVD Audio be a Commercial Flop?

The Audiophilia Nervosa Test - Find out if you've got "the disease"!

Forward into the Past: D. Malcom Fairbrother examines the current state of the pop music industry

Book Reviews

Reading Jazz by Robert Gottlieb

The Search for Musical Ecstasy by Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg

Show Reports

Consumer Electronics Show '99

CanadianConsumer Electronics Exposition and Conference '98

Festival du Son et de l'image '98

Festival du Son et de l'image '97

Festival du Son et de l'image '01

Canadian Consumer Electronics Exposition and Conference '96

The Trenches

A Visit to Alternative Audio

A Visit to Analog Emporium

"The Good The Bad and The Ugly" - A Visit to a Trio of High-End Audio Shops

A Visit to Applause Audio

High-End in the Canadian Pacific

San Jose's The Analog Room

Audio and Music in Northern California

Audio and Music in New York City