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Stereophile June 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
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English
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AVTech Media Americas, Inc.
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4 min.
balance

THERE ARE AS MANY OPINIONS AS THERE ARE EXPERTS THIS ISSUE: When must the tweaking stop to let the music begin? Balance is certainly a lovely concept, as well as a lofty ideal. But achieving an optimal sonic balance in a high-end audio system—whose final sound is determined, in part, by interactions among any number of components and that great bugaboo, the listening room—while maintaining some semblance of psychic equilibrium can be the hardest goal of all. One dictionary defines the noun balance as “a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions,” as well as “mental and emotional steadiness.” In the largest sense, balance describes the place where two or more opposing physical, moral, or spiritual states can coexist in harmony. Think hot and cold, yin and yang,…

5 min.
letters

TAKE HEED! Unless marked otherwise, all letters to the magazine and its writers are assumed to be for possible publication. In the spirit of vigorous debate implied by the First Amendment, and unless we are requested not to, we publish correspondents’ e-mail addresses. Breezy Jana Editor: Blogger Jana Dagdagan is a fresh breeze—such a good writer. It’s about damn time we let a female into the club. Thank you for having her on board! —Eric Elliott musictolive2014@gmail.com Insightful Thomas Editor: A short note of appreciation for Thomas Conrad’s insightful jazz reviews and his great article on European jazz in March. Reading his reviews over the years has introduced me to a wider spectrum of jazz than I would normally contemplate, none of it ever disappointing. His descriptive writing conjures up aural images that can be…

7 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 August 2017 issue is May 20, 2017. THE WEB John Atkinson The twenty-second recording on the Stereophile label, Tight Lines, a collection of works for chamber orchestra composed by Sasha Matson, is now available on CD, 180gm LP, and as 24/96 files from the magazine’s Shop page: http://store-badz031c.mybigcommerce.com. Recorded by Michael C. Ross, mixed by Ross and Grammy-winning engineer Mike Marciano, Tight Lines was produced by yours truly. The album’s title is a quote by former President George H. W. Bush in which the phrase is used as a good luck greeting; according to a recent review in Fanfare magazine, “The meticulously…

3 min.
calendar of industry events

ATTENTION ALL AUDIO SOCIETIES: We have a page on the Stereophile website dedicated solely to you: www.stereophile.com/audiophilesocieties. 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 visualeffects work at Paramount Studios while working on Deep Space Nine. Following the success of David’s first presentation to the club, his muchrequested 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,…

16 min.
preamps & power conditioners

INSIDER VIEWS ON EVERYTHING VINYL THIS ISSUE: More on CH Precision’s P1 phono preamp, plus darTZeel’s new NHB-18NS Mk.2 preamp and Shunyata Research’s Denali power conditioners. I can’t hear as well as I did 30 years ago, but my listening is better than ever. CH Precision’s P1 phono preamplifier, which I wrote about in the April 2017 issue, is not going back to its manufacturer. The longer I used it, the more obvious it became that I couldn’t part with it, even though I said I couldn’t afford it. The cost was stiff even at the accommodation price (at retail, the CH Precision P1 and its optional X1 power supply are $31,000 and $17,000, respectively), but I decided I could afford it, and bought it for myself as a 70th-birthday present. No, I…

14 min.
cohearing, part one

IN SEARCH OF THE EXCEPTIONAL THIS ISSUE: Restoration of a pair of classic Altec Duplex drive-units. Their appearance was rough, their working condition unknown. There was a fight. And when the fight took a turn for the worse and things began being broken and thrown, it was time to leave. Not later. Not soon. Now. Which meant he had to get as much stuff downstairs and out to the curb in as few trips as possible. Clothes and a few treasured paintings and photos were musts. LPs were left behind and written off. (Too many to haul, too difficult to choose just a few.) Likewise, the amps and turntables were written off—someday there would be others. And the loudspeakers, in their custom-made one-off cabinets, were over 5' tall: might as well try moving…