You're looking at the 75th 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 46 hi-res discs, 10 audiophile LPs and 7 DualDiscs. The Vinyl section is our Feature of the Month, with some news and views about the continuing and even newly expanding love of the analog format among some audio buffs. Leonard Bernstein's Mass in the new SACD surround sound version conducted by Kent Nagano on HM is our Multichannel Disc of the Month, and you'll find 10 DVD music and 13 feature film reviews.
Components this issue are a pair of high-performing units from Denon - a universal DVD player which connects its six-channel output using the new HDMI digital option to a companion 7.1 120 watts-per-channel AV receiver. Epson's PowerLite Cinema 500 hi-def LCD front projector is also reviewed.
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 Opus 3 Records in Sweden 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. There are larger and older online forums, but we like the sensible categories (see sample button labels above) and the forum's guidelines - such as no postings allowed on the "objectivist vs. subjectivist" audiophile debate. 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, 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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