Stereophile Mar-13

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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11 min
bel canto design c7r d/a receiver

As a young music lover, I never knew there were such things as separate preamplifiers, amplifiers, and FM tuners. All I knew was that if I wanted to play music from my CD player, hook up my VCR to my stereo, or listen to the radio, I needed that magical device: a receiver. It was all I ever wanted. It’s my guess that many folks out there want good sound but can’t be bothered with separates. All those folks know when they walk into a store or look online is that they need a receiver. And in this digital age, when many people listen to music from their computers, a receiver with a good onboard DAC that can also take a straight USB input is pretty much a necessity. However, most…

14 min
music in the round

M&Ms . . . mmmmm . . . Growing up as an audiophile in the 1950s, I always aspired to owning Marantz equipment, and finally attained that status when, late one night in 1974 in Greenwich Village, a friend found a Model 8 amp sitting on a pile of discards on a curb. He quickly ran for his car, and scarfed up the amp and a pair of Acoustic Research AR1 speakers. All turned out to be in perfect working order, though their appearance reflected their history of ill-use. The speakers went into his machine shop—but I got the Model 8! Few products have ever given me so much pleasure and pride; Marantz will always occupy a warm spot in my heart. Since then, Marantz and I have gone our different ways.…

3 min
canalis anima loudspeaker

John Marks was very impressed by the Canalis Anima when he wrote about this stand-mounted loudspeaker in his “The Fifth Element” column in the February 2013 issue.1 The Anima, which costs $3250/pair without stands, combines, in a rear-ported enclosure, a 3.4" metal-dome tweeter with textile surround and a 5" anodized aluminum-cone woofer. It is very similar to the earlier Sonics by Joachim Gerhard Anima (favorably reviewed by Wes Phillips in July 2007), replacing that speaker’s marine-grade plywood cabinet with one made of bamboo plywood. With the speakers placed on their matching stands, which place the listener’s ears level with the top of the woofers rather than slightly above the tweeters, John Marks wrote that “the Animas struck a wonderful tonal balance that had only a slight emphasis of the treble,”…

9 min
spendor s3/5r 2 : loudspeaker

The Spendor S3/5R2 loudspeaker reminds me of Art Dudley. My friendship with Art began more than 25 years ago, long before either of us joined Stereophile. Frequently, we would sit down to discuss music, guitars, and audiophiles. Art didn’t have much patience for a certain category of audiophile who would evaluate an audio component based on how many points on their sonic checklists they could tick off. Image specificity? Check. Soundstage depth? Check. Lower-bass extension? Check. Art thought these guys would have a much better time if they’d just sit down, listen, and determine if an audio component was capable of “playing music.” He felt that many audio components fit this category; eg, the Roksan and Linn turntables, many single-ended-triode tube amplifiers. Art reviewed the Spendor S3/5se in July 2003. This…

16 min

A Good Enough Time is Guaranteed For All Let’s say you’re lucky enough, or just plain old enough, to have bought a copy of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood on January 12, 1966. Let’s say you’re lucky enough or just plain smart enough to have held on to it and kept it in perfect shape for the past 47 years. And let’s say it was one of the first 500 copies, which the author signed. If so, congratulations: For once in your life, even the smuggest collector can’t claim that his copy of a book is “better” or more valuable than yours. Of far greater importance, of course, is the artistry between its covers: The person who, in 2013, buys an ink-and-paper copy of In Cold Blood is guaranteed the same reading…

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Description Four-way, reflex-loaded, floorstanding loudspeaker. Drive-units: 1" (25mm) ceramic-coated alloy-dome tweeter, 4.5" (110mm) tri-woven composite midrange cone, 6.5" (165mm) tri-woven fiber-cone woofer, 8" (203mm) carbon-loaded cellulose-cone subwoofer. Crossover frequencies: 80Hz, 900Hz, 5kHz. Crossover slopes: 6dB/octave, first-order. Frequency response: 36Hz–30kHz, ±3dB. Sensitivity: 85dB/2.83V/m. Impedance: 6 ohms, ±3 ohms. Dimensions 43" (1092mm) H by 10" (254mm) W by 15" (381mm) D. Weight: 80 lbs (36.4kg). Finish Wood veneer. Serial Numbers of Units Reviewed 1086, 1087. Price $5995/pair. Approximate number of dealers: 50. Manufacturer Vandersteen Audio, Inc. 116 W. Fourth Street, Hanford, CA 93230 Tel: (559) 582-0324.…