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Stereophile July 2017

Every month Stereophile magazine offers authoritative reviews, informed recommendations, helpful advice, and controversial opinions, all stemming from the revolutionary idea that audio components should be judged on how they reproduce music.

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United States
Sprog:
English
Udgiver:
AVTech Media Americas, Inc.
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Monthly
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5 min.
as we see it

THIS ISSUE: Are audiophiles ignoring the most affordable means of achieving true high-end sound? Are You Experienced? There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it: Headphones sound different from speakers. For different reasons, I like both, but all speakers come with one undeniable disadvantage: the room you play them in. I don’t care if you’re running pint-size Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a’s or giant Wilson Audio Alexandria XLFs—they’re at the mercy of your room’s acoustics. Losses are inevitable. Sure, some rooms are better than others, but their size, shape, and furnishings alter your speakers’ sound in ways their designers can never fully anticipate, leaving it up to you to dial in the best sound you can. With headphones, those variables and uncertainties are much smaller—just pop on the ’phones and you’re good to go.…

5 min.
letters

Good is better than best Editor: As prices of audio gear soar, so do expectations. It is helpful to remember that the soul-stifling search for the Best is the enemy of the Good. The music recorded is burned like banknotes on such a fool’s quest. Good beats elusive best. Music is the point. —Bruce Moss Santa Fe, NM brucemoss@earthlink.net Music is better than piffle Editor: In response to those who defend spending vast sums on hi-fi equipment, one wonders how music lovers enjoyed recorded music back in the era of 78rpm records. Wind-up gramophones provided a sound best described as “midrange,” and yet people danced and sang along to such records. Children learned about musical instruments from 78s, and in later years I enjoyed music on a portable record player equipped with an autochanger and crystal…

2 min.
calendar of industry events

ATTENTION ALL AUDIO SOCIETIES: We have a page on the Stereophile website dedicated solely to you: www.stereophile.com/audiophile-societies. If you’d like to have your audio-society information posted on the site, e-mail Chris Vogel at info@XLinkAudio.com. Please note that it is inappropriate for a retailer to promote a new product line in “Calendar” unless this is associated with a seminar or similar event. ARIZONA ▪ Wednesday, June 28, time tba: This Arizona Audio Video Club meeting will feature David Stipes, two-time Emmy Award winner for his visual-effects work at Paramount Studios while working on Deep Space Nine. Following the success of David’s first presentation to the club, his much-requested return will continue with the state of CGI, including detailed looks behind the scenes, past and present titans of visual effects, where the art form is today,…

9 min.
industry update

SUBMISSIONS: Those promoting audio-related seminars, shows, and meetings should e-mail the when, where, and who to JAtkinson@enthusiastnetwork.com at least eight weeks before the month of the event. The deadline for the September 2017 issue is June 20, 2017. Alvin Gold’s passing will leave our industry the poorer. UK: ALVIN GOLD, 1948–2017 Paul Messenger I am particularly sad to report the death of audio writer Alvin Gold on April 7. He was one of the good guys, notable for his righteous senses of loyalty and fair play, and his passing will leave our industry the poorer. Our musical tastes differed—Alvin was well known for proselytizing Mahler before this became fashionable. As professional audio writers, we attended many industry events together, though Alvin always seemed to be freelancing for magazines that were rivals to whichever one…

1 min.
analog corner

THIS ISSUE: Zesto’s Andros Téssera phono preamp and Acoustic Signature’s revised Ascona turntable and TA-9000 tonearm. Maybe you’ve seen the widely circulated New Yorker cartoon: Two guys stand in front of a nicely drawn, tubed audio system, under which are shelves full of LPs. One guy says, “The two things that really drew me to vinyl were the expense and the inconvenience.” If you can’t laugh at that, you’ve lost your sense of humor—even acknowledging that, oddly, convenience is the raison d’être of some recent phono preamplifiers— including Dan D’Agostino Audio’s Momentum and the CH Precision P1, both of which offer multiple, switchable, configurable inputs saved in memory. Today’s well-heeled vinyl enthusiast might have two or more tonearms mounted on a single turntable—or even two turntables, each with two arms. Zesto Audio’s…

9 min.
zesto audio andros téssera phono preamplifier

Zesto Audio’s new two-box Andros Téssera tubed phono preamplifier measures 17" wide by 5.5" high by 15" deep, weighs 25 lbs, and costs $12,000. The case is made of 16-gauge steel. The Téssera is actually conjoinedtwin phono preamps, each twin referred to by Zesto as a channel. (The terminology is confusing at first, seeing as how each of those channels also includes left and right stereo channels.) A front-mounted switch lets you choose between Channel A and Channel B. That done, within both channels you can then select between movingmagnet and moving-coil inputs. So the Téssera can handle up to four different tonearms, as long as two of those arms are fitted with MC cartridges and the other two with MM cartridges. (Of course, all those arms could have MC cartridges…