New Forum affiliation for AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers - See Below!
You're looking at the 74th issue of the web publication for audio, music and home theater, emphasizing music and video discs and surround sound for music. AUDIOPHILE AUDITION was formerly a weekly national radio series for 13+ years on up to 200 public radio and commercial classical stations coast to coast.
This issue we have a total of 127 disc reviews of all formats, including 45 hi-res discs and 24 video DVDs, including music videos. We have reviews of a dozen of the newly-launched DualDiscs plus an essay on their pros and cons. Our answers to the rumors that "the SACD format is dying" is our first Feature of the Month, with responses from industry leaders actually working with SACD. The second Feature is an answer from one of our writers to a reader objecting to his take on DualDiscs. Conductor Marin Alsop's terrific performance and recording of Brahms' First Symphony on Naxos is our Multichannel Disc of the Month, and you'll find reviews of more Mercury and Living Stereo 3-channel SACD reissues.
Components this issue are a very reasonably-priced SACD/CD changer from Sony, an unusual combined DVD player/receiver from NAD, and a couple of Terk's small antennas for OTA HDTV. Look for more jazz reviews coming up later this month and check back regularly for our Audio News and other new uploads.
If you haven't registered on the home page for our monthly disc drawings, please do so - this month we have three terrific audiophile SACDs from Concord Records to choose from. We also welcome your feedback about AUDIOPHILE AUDITION.
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We are pleased to announce affiliation with an exciting AV online forum for those of you who would like to share with others your views, news, questions and answers about music, audio and home theater. Currently well over 4000 register members participate; it's like having your own AV club online. And it's free!
Steve Hoffman himself is one of the best-known recording, mastering and restoration engineers in the music business. He has remastered over 500 audiophile CDs and LPs, including the DCC Compact Classics. There are larger and older online forums, but we like the sensible categories Steve Hoffman has chosen (see sample button labels above) and the forum's guidelines - such as no postings allowed on the "objectivist vs. subjectivist" audiophile debate. The guys who keep an eye on the discussions for busy Steve are referred to as The Gorts, after one of my favorite robots. Click on the logo to go to the home page of the forum, read the Welcome New Members posting, and fill out your profile in the User CP section so everyone can get to know you. And have fun interconnecting!
-- John Sunier
STAFF WRITERS This Issue: Donna Dorsett, Max Dudious, H. Richard Weiner, Tom Gibbs, Laurence Vittes, Gary Lemco, Brian Bloom, John Henry, Peter Bates, Calvin Harding Jr., Ron Legum, Paul Pelon IV, Jim A. Fasulo, John Sunier.
For a description of John Sunier's audio system used in his reviewing Go Here and scroll down about eight systems' worth.
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