THE ABSO!UTE SOUND
Benchmark audio bi-monthly. "The High End Journal of Audio and Music." Domain of the legendary Harry Pearson; fascinating reading for the serious audiophile, whether or not the reader has the wherewithal to own components reviewed therein. At some dealers. $42 for 6 issues, $45 Canada. TAS Subscriptions Services, Box 469024, Escondido, CA 92046
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
Venerable bi-monthly "Independent Journal of Critical Opinion" new releases of classical recordings; more manageable style and quantity than FANFARE. $26 yr., Record Guide Productions, 4412 Braddock St., Cincinnati, OH 45204-1006; firstname.lastname@example.org
AUDIO X-PRESS (Formerly Audio Amateur)
"The Journal for Audiophile Crafts for the Amateur & Professional Audiophile" now combines these previously separate publications: Glass Audio, Audio Electronics, andSpeaker Builder. Features articles for tube-o-philes, solid staters and speaker builders. For the experienced do-it-yourselfer, though some hints and tweaks would be of interest to even all-thumbs audio buffs. Now monthly, $24.95 yr., Circ. Dept., Box 876, Peterborough, NH 03458-0876.
THE AUDIO CRITIC
Maverick large-format quarterly by Editor/Publisher Peter Aczel; "an advisory service and technical review for consumers of sophisticated audio equipment;" $22 for 4 issues, Box 978, Quakertown, PA 18951. [Extremely sporadic publication schedule]
THE AUDIOPHILE VOICE
Bi-monthly with ads, published by Gene Pitts. $30 for 1 yr., Box 43537, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.
AUDIO IDEAS GUIDE
Andrew Marshall's quarterly Canadian view on audio. Quarterly, $20 U.S. yr., 175 Sherwood Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 2A9.
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Monthly. Articles and reviews of classical CDs with slick color graphics plus actual jewel box CD of complete, commercially unavailable selections, with an article on the works therein. Sort of a "USA Today" for classical music lovers. About $6 an issue incl. postage.
BOUND FOR SOUND
Monthly "newsletter and audio forum for the open-minded audiophile." No frills, no-nonsense, no advertising approach from editor-publisher Martin DeWulf and others. $24 yr. incl. additional mid-month specials; $26 Canada; $39 everywhere else; 108 East Division St., Kewannee, IL 61443; email: email@example.com; website: www.boundforsound.com
Thick bimonthly review of everything on recordings for the very serious classical collector. Two audio columnists; interviews with musicians & composers. $34 yr., Fanfare Inc., Box 720, Tenafly, NJ 07670.
The most prestigious monthly magazine reviewing classical recordings in the English language; detailed reviews and articles. $61 air speeded for 1 yr., c/o Mercury Airfreight International Ltd. Inc., 2323 Randolph Ave., Avenel, NJ 07001.
HI-FI NEWS & RECORD REVIEW
Monthly British pub. fr. Link House Magazines Ltd. considered by some the best on consumer audio in the English language. Detailed hardware & software reviews. On some newsstands; subscriptions have about a one-month time lag. $45 yr. from British Publications Inc., 11-03 46th Ave., Long Island City, NY lll0l.
Formerly Home Theater Technology. "The Media System Authority," big slick monthly, home theater hardware and software reviews, incl. installations & surround sound. Now published by Petersen Publishing Co. (who also publ. both Stereophile magazines) $23.95 yr. U.S., Canadian orders add $15; 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515.
THE INNER EAR REPORT
Canadian quarterly, guide to better home electronics; reports on the best new audio and video components from a Canadian perspective. $16 yr., 85 Moorehouse Dr., Scarborough. Ontario, Canada M1V 2E2.
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
New monthly classical review magazine from Britain covering CDs released internationally. Monthly feature on major work or composer, also audio equipment review section. $80 yr. U.S. & Canada; 1 Haven Green, Ealing, London W5 2UU, UK; +44 (0)20 8810 9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
L.A. AUDIO FILE
Former print quarterly newsletter for Southern California audio buffs, now also converted to web site-based E-zine publication here. Sharing print magazine survey and some articles features with AUDIOPHILE AUDITION.
Now strictly a web publication, merged with AudioMusings. www.positive-feedback.com
"Quarterly journal of music and records" for serious collectors of classical and jazz, primarily on LPs. Ronald Penndorf, publisher, is a noted expert and dealer in mint condition collectible vinyl. $60 yr. U.S., 2743 Eighth St., Berkeley, CA 94710; 510-548-7786
Longest-running "underground" audio pub; founded by J. Gordon Holt. Tops of the high end audio press in circulation; medium-format monthly. At most audio dealers. $19.94 yr., Canada $32.94, Box 53117, Boulder, CO 80322-3117.
STEREOPHILE GUIDE TO HOME THEATER
Large-format Stereophile offshoot with component reviews and features for home theater fans; 10 issues a year. $19.95 Yr. Box 53117, Boulder, CO 80322-3117.
SOUND & VISION
Merger of STEREO REVIEW and VIDEO magazines (3/99). Largest mass-circ. monthly on audio and home theater in the world; feature articles, entry-level reviews of components and recordings. $24 yr., Circ. Dept., Box 2771, Boulder, CO 80302.
The publication for audio professionals covers use of surround sound in music, film, video, broadcast, computer games, theater, the web; super-large slick format, now monthly, Tom Holman is Founding Editor, published by Miller Freeman PSN. Website: www.surroundpro.com
THE PERFECT VISION
With HP at the helm at Sea Cliff and Mark Fisher running the rest based in Austin, TX. Covers all major facets of home entertainment: video, audio, surround sound, multimedia, films (DVD & LD) and emerging technologies. Large format, bi-monthly; $32 for 6 issues, Box 469024, Escondido, CA 92046.
THE SENSIBLE SOUND
Now larger format quarterly for skeptics and the budget-minded. Similar to Audio Cheapskate feature of STEREOPHILE. At some audio dealers. $29 fpr 6 issues., 403 Darwin Dr., Snyder, NY l4226.
Newsletter of the Boston Audio Society - one of the oldest in the U.S.; reports on past and upcoming meetings plus other articles on audio. $35 for 6 issues. Box 211, Boston, MA 02126. 603-899-5121; website: www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Node/5480/ [Currently offering as part of its anniversary celebration a free email-delivered sample package of its newsletter articles - reply to email@example.com ]
UHF (ULTRA HIGH FIDELITY)
Canadian views on sophisticated audio electronics for musical enjoyment; lab tests involve panel of listeners. Bi-monthly. $21.50 U.S. yr., Box 3l6, Station A, Longueuil, Quebec J4H 3Z2.
British magazine for hi-fi & home cinema, less high-end oriented than HI-FI NEWS. £95 yr. 13 issues yr.; Haymarket Magazines, Box 219, Woking, Surrey GU21 1ZW, UK; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Essential Home Theatre Resource" covers high-end 16:9-screen home theater thoroughly each month plus two special issues annually. In addition to detailed component reviews there are technical and industry-insider stories and 40 or 50 monthly reviews of both DVD and the new D-VHS hi-def movies. $40 for 12 issues, $50 Canada; WSR Publishing Inc., 27645 Commerce Center Dr., Temecula, CA 92590.
SELECTED BOOKS ON AUDIO
5.1 Surround Sound - Up and Running - Tomlinson Homan (Focal Press, 280pp. Paperback, $29.95) The developer of THX and most of the present standards for 5.1 surround covers all types of multichannel sound: film, video, audio, HDTV.
Home Theater for Everyone - A Practical Guide to Today's Home Entertainment Systems - Robert Harley (Acapella Publishing, 2000, Box 80805, Albuquerque, NM 87198 0805, 228pp. Paperback, $19.95) Noted audio writer Harley encores his High End Audio book with this practical guide to all aspects of home theater.
Practical Recording Techniques, 2nd Edition - The Step-By-Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording. Bruce and Jenny Bartlett (Focal Press, 1998, 458pp. Paperback, $29.95) The Bartletts' previous Focal book was on mike techniques and this broader view throughly covers virtually every recording situation that might be expected in or out of a studio.
Modern Recording Techniques (4th Edition) - David Miles Huber & Robert E. Runstein. (Focal Press, 1997, 496pp., paperback, $29.95) Similar in coverage to above book, but a bit more detailed and technical.
MusicHound Soundtracks - The Essential Album Guide to Film, TV and Stage Music - Edited by Didier C. Deutsch (Visible Ink Press, 1999, 872pp., paperback, $24.95) Over 3000 soundtracks on CD are reviewed and rated in this amazing reference work.
Good Sound Laura Dearborn (Quill/Wm. Morrow & Co., NY, 1987) Best entry-level text for high end audio that we've seen; 417 pages; uses non-technical language, explains the high end approach, and covers important details missed by others.
Bluff Your Way in Hi-Fi Hudson & Crabbe (Ravette London) Become an instant high-end guru and impress your friends with this hilarious little handbook.
Living With Hi-Fi John Borwick. (Gramophone Publications) A basic short intro to home audio, stressing correct installation procedures. Avail. from Audio Electronics.
Search for the Black Gold - A Guide to Collecting Used LPs. direct from author: Roger S. Gordon (312 Highland Ave., Ste. D, El Cajon, CA 92020).
The Audio Glossary J. Gordon Holt's (founder of Stereophile) comprehensive little dictionary of the often strange lingo of high end audio. Plain English for the puzzled on nearly 2000 terms. (Audio Electronics Press, Peterborough, NH.)
The Classical Long Playing Record - Design, Production and Reproduction - Jaco Van Witteloostuyn. Huge coffee-table compendium reference work on LP records with over 500 color illustrations of record covers, logos and other documents; publ. l997, 518 pp., Recording technology, cover art, collecting, restoration, reproduction in the home, a discography on thousands of record labels worldwide. ISBN 90 5410 6425 ($99 from A.A. Balkema Publishers, Old Post Rd., Brookfield, VT 05036-9704; 802-276-3162; email: email@example.com)
The Compact Disc Handbook Ken Pohlmann. Very technical digital theory, development and practice (A-R Editions, Madison WI)
The Complete Guide to High-End Audio (2nd Edition) Robert Harley (Acapella Publishing, Box 80805, Albuquerque, NM 87198, $19.95) Covers everything from the basics to technical matters in 450 pp. though with some omissions (headphones, binaural); more technical than Dearborn book.
The New Stereo Soundbook (2nd Edition) F. Alton Everest and Ron Streicher (TAB Books/McGraw-Hill) More technical (but non-mathematical) compendium of audio tips and techniques than Good Sound, with emphasis on miking and speaker setup for most natural stereo effect. Excellent chapter on Binaural. Many diagrams. Second Edition updates the original l991 text. $54.50 postpaid; may be previewed and ordered on their website at stereosoundbook.com
The Home Theater Companion - Buying, Installing, and Using Today's Audio-Visual Equipment. (1997, 437 pp. Schirmer Books, NY.) Howard Ferstler, past contributor to Stereo Review, High Fidelity and Fanfare, guides the reader from the original shopping through the system installation and use, to the upkeep and maintenance of audio, video and surround sound components. A conservative, no-nonense viewpoint highly suspicious of much of the high end approach.
A Guide to Better Hi-Fi and Home Theater Len Schneider (Rotel of America, 54 Concord St., North Reading, MA 01864-2699; 978-664-3820.) Aimed at the audio/HT retail salesperson but has lots of useful generic information that doesn't even mention Rotel. Would that all hi-fi salespeople had what's in this book in their skulls! If you own or are purchasing a Rotel component you can probably get one gratis; otherwise call them and try pleading.
The Life and Works of Alan Dower Blumlein - The Inventor of Stereo - Robert Charles Alexander (Focal Press, Woburn, MA) Finally a standard reference biography of this fascinating man who developed not only stereo but also radar and many other inventions. 421 pp. many illustrations and plans.
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