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ISSUE 56 july/august 2011






Our Readers Respond… and We Respond Right Back!



The Locus Design Cynosure v2 Audiophile Quality USB Cable: A Classic is Reborn
by Andy Schaub

Why ABX Testing Usually Produces Null Results with Human Subjects
by Teresa Goodwin

The Zu Audio Soul Superfly Art Project... With a Lot of Help from Bel Canto, Nordost, Silver Circle, Wadia, and Ultralink/XLO
by Dave and Carol Clark




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High Resolution Audio, What is Next?
by Teresa Goodwin

From the Other Side of the Door: THE Show Newport Beach
by Carol Clark

Pure Music: Not Just an Alternative to Amarra
by Andy Schaub

From Clark Johnsen's Diary: A Short Report from Newport Beach

Ask Dr. Digital… Why would anyone want to spend more than $300 on a USB DAC?

The Bryston BDP-1: A Musical Squeezebox of Sound
by Andy Schaub

The Next Ten Very Best High-End Audio Accessories, but Not Necessarily the Most Expensive
by Robert H. Levi

PFO Loses One of its Own: The Passing of Mike Rodman
by David W. Robinson

The Triode Audio Corporation TRX-PM84: Everything You Need in One Package, Tubes Included
by Andy Schaub

Sonic Satori - Great Music, Great Friends, and Great Sound. What More Do You Need?
by Michael Mercer

Two Stupendous Audio Accessories for the Maximum Audiophile
by Robert H. Levi

Farewell to a Fallen Brother - Saying Goodbye With a Heavy Heart to Lee Weiland of Locus Design & NEW
by Michael Mercer

Goodbye to Lee Weiland...
by Josh Heiner



Shengya CD-3.5 CD Player
as reviewed by Kent Johnson

EKCO Audio EV55SE Integrated Amplifier
as reviewed by Gary Lea

Gingko Audio Semi-Clouds
as reviewed by Francisco Duran

MPC Audio Absolute Interconnect and Speaker Cables
as reviewed by Michael Wechsberg




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Rogersound Labs Compression Guide (CG) Stereo System
as reviewed by Michael Wechsberg

Pete Riggle Audio Engineering String Theory Tonearm
as reviewed by John Hoffman

Avid Pulsus Phono Stage
as reviewed by Ed Kobesky

Pass Labs XP-15 Phono Preamplifier
as reviewed by Robert Youman

Modwright Sony XA-5400ES Signature Truth Modified CD Player
as reviewed by Ryan Coleman

Sablon Audio Panatela Interconnects
as reviewed by Jeff Day

Soundstring Cable Technologies Generation II Cable Systems
as reviewed by Will Wright

Synergistic Research Tesla LE REL SPEC Subwoofer Cable and Tesla SE T3 AC Power Cord
as reviewed by Robert S. Youman

Blue Circle Audio BC 507/509 DAC
as reviewed by Gary Lea

Channel Islands Audio VDC-SB High Current Squeezebox™ Power Supply
as reviewed by Andre Marc



Steve Hoffman on the New Release of the Nat King Cole SACD/45 RPM LP series CARRIED OVER
by David Robinson

David Chesky - On himself, Chesky Records, HDTracks, and the Future of the Music Biz as He Sees It CARRIED OVER
by David Robinson



YG Acoustics Factory Tour CARRIED OVER
by Marshall Nack

An Interview with John Stronczer of Bel Canto CARRIED OVER
by Robert Learner




T.H.E. Show Newport 2011
text and photos by Steve Lefkowicz

Robert Plant and The Band of Joy: Live at Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, CA June 8th 2011
by Andre Marc

Daniel Lanois and Black Dub Live at the House of Blues, San Diego, May 31st, 2011
by Andre Marc

by Marshall Nack

THE Newport Show, 2011
by Francisco Duran

T.H.E. Show Newport 2011 - Part 2
text and photos by Steve Lefkowicz

The California Audio Show in San Francisco, July 2011
by Dave and Carol Clark


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Notes of an Amateur: Wolpe, Druckman, and Feldman
by Bob Neill

The Future Is Here- Audio Still Rules
by Karl Lozier

New Releases From Reference Recordings, Chandos, LSO Live, 2L, ATMA Classique, and Naxos
by Karl Lozier

by Stephen Francis Vasta

Shabbaz Palaces, Black Up
by Michael Mercer

Vinyl Reissue of Columbia MS 6043
by Roger S. Gordon

Fleetwood Mac, Rumours 45RPM Warner Music Reissue
by Danny Kaey

Notes of an Amateur: Mahler 3/Jansons; Nicolas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Return; Stephen Dodgson
by Bob Neill

Mozart / Grieg: Works for Two Pianos, Vol. II - the Norwegian Label 2L Continues to Excel
by Greg Maltz




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