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Stereophile

Stereophile

February 2020

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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5 min.
current events

My first exposure to current-mode phono preamplification was maybe a dozen years ago, when such products were new. The one I received, though nicely packaged, was not ready for prime time. I never smelled smoke, but I never heard sound, either: If it wasn’t DOA, it was at a minimum DSAA—Dead Soon After Arrival. If you’ve followed our coverage, you know that prime time has arrived for current-mode phono preamps. Over the last year, Stereophile has reviewed, in columns or regular reviews, The Loco ($8200) and Little Loco ($3400), both from Sutherland Engineering; the Lino C 2.0 from Channel D ($2400); and the pithily named Haniwa HEQ-A03-CI ($12,000). Michael Fremer reviewed van den Hul’s The Grail ($9350) in August 2018, and the same issue contained his Follow-Up on his reference, the…

1 min.
stereophile

EDITOR JIM AUSTIN DEPUTY EDITOR ART DUDLEY TECHNICAL EDITOR JOHN ATKINSON SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITORS MICHAEL FREMER, HERB REICHERT, KALMAN RUBINSON WEB PRODUCER JON IVERSON COPY EDITOR LINDA FELACO FOUNDER J. GORDON HOLT COVER PHOTO ERIC SWANSON ART DIRECTOR JEREMY MOYLER CONTRIBUTING EDITORS (AUDIO) BRIAN DAMKROGER, ROBERT DEUTSCH, LARRY GREENHILL, JON IVERSON, DAVID LANDER, ERICK LICHTE, SASHA MATSON, PAUL MESSENGER, KEN MICALLEF, THOMAS J. NORTON, JASON VICTOR SERINUS CONTRIBUTING EDITORS (MUSIC) DAVID ADLER, LARRY BIRNBAUM, THOMAS CONRAD, FRED KAPLAN, RICHARD LEHNERT, ROBERT LEVINE, SASHA MATSON, FRED MILLS, JASON VICTOR SERINUS, JOHN SWENSON ADVERTISING GENERAL MANAGER KEITH PRAY KPRAY@AVTECHMEDIAUSA.COM ADVERTISING MANAGER ED DIBENEDETTO (212) 915-4153, EDIBENEDETTO@AVTECHMEDIAUSA.COM SALES COORDINATOR ROSEMARIE TORCIVIA (212) 915-4160, RTORCIVIA@AVTECHMEDIAUSA.COM DIGITAL INQUIRIES KEITH PRAY, KPRAY@AVTECHMEDIAUSA.COM AVTECH MEDIA AMERICAS INC EDITORIAL DIRECTOR PAUL MILLER FINANCE DIRECTOR OWEN DAVIES GENERAL MANAGER KEITH PRAY INTERNATIONAL (386) 246-0410 JIM AUSTIN jim.austin@stereophile.com ART DUDLEY adudley@stereophile.com…

14 min.
letters

Where do I want my music to take me? Editor: Mr. Austin, you are so correct in your editorial “Spirited away by music” (AWSI, Vol.42 No.10). I often think of my record collection (be it vinyl or digital) as a library of souls captured in a specific time and place. When I sit down to listen I’ll ask myself, “Where do I want to go?” or “How do I feel now, and who else in my library feels that exact same way right now?” From that beginning, I’ll let those souls take me along a path that can lead me to happiness, or sadness, to full-on party mode or to intellectual insights I never had before. Many times, I’ll jump around from artist to artist as they lead me down a path that…

7 min.
industry update

US: NEW YORK, NY Jason Victor Serinus On November 8, at the very small New York Audio Show, Paris-based music streaming service Qobuz announced that it has streamlined its subscription plans, lowered prices—and eliminated MP3 files from its streaming catalog. At a press event, Dan Mackta, managing director of Qobuz USA, said that Qobuz now offers “Studio Premier” subscriptions for $14.99/month or $149.99 for a full year. Studio Premier grants subscribers unlimited access to Qobuz’s catalog of more than 50 million CD-quality tracks and also millions of hi-rez tracks up to a resolution of 24/192. Qobuz will continue to offer its “Sublime+” plan ($249.99/year), which includes streaming access plus a “substantial” discount for hi-rez download purchases from the Qobuz store. The service’s other plans have been eliminated—which means, importantly, that Qobuz no longer offers…

6 min.
calendar of industry events

ATTENTION ALL AUDIO SOCIETIES: We have a page on the Stereophile website devoted to you: stereophile.com/audiophile-societies. If you’d like to have your audio-society information posted on the site, email Chris Vogel at vgl@cfl.rr.com. (Note the new email address.) Please note that it is inappropriate for a retailer to promote a new product line in “Calendar” unless it is associated with a seminar or similar event. ARIZONA ❚ Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 7–9pm: Andrew Jones of Elac will be speaking to the Arizona Audio/Video Club on the art and science of speaker design. The event will be held in the recreation room of Faith Lutheran Church at 801 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014. This event is for members only. For more information on joining the Arizona Audio/Video Club and attending this event, please email…

14 min.
the techdas air force one premium turntable

In 2013, when I first wrote about it,1 the TechDAS Air Force One ($105,000) was that company’s best and most expensive turntable; it joined the handful of products that have earned an A+ in our semiannual Recommended Components feature—a rating that remained in place for six years. But too much time has passed since the Air Force One was auditioned by a Stereophile writer, so it has now fallen from that list. The Air Force One is still available, but it’s now a special-order product that, according to distributor Graham Engineering, can take up to six months to deliver. So rather than revisit the One, I decided to check out the readily available Air Force One Premium—the upgraded and costlier version ($145,000). The TechDAS Air Force Two and Air Force III…