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TAS Fall 2020 Special annual issue is a good one.

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Posted on July 15, 2020 at 05:42:26
tketcham
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I really enjoyed reading the "Loudspeaker Designer Roundtable" interviews in The Absolute Sound: 2020 Ultimate Directory to High-End Loudspeakers and Cables. Articles like this one are why I still subscribe to audiophile magazines. While I find many of the equipment reviews interesting, it's the articles on design and technology that for me are the most enjoyable to read. (That and music.)

I find that there's usually some tidbit of information that helps me to get the most out of my stereo system. I especially like it when I read something that validates a tweak I've made that involved a fair amount of trial-and-error. I couldn't exactly explain why the experiment worked but now it makes sense. :-)

Tom

PS: I hope that TAS is able to publish the third volume (source components) of their high-end audio series of coffee table books. This pandemic must be a major setback in getting it completed and published.

 

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RE: TAS Fall 2020 Special annual issue is a good one., posted on July 15, 2020 at 14:31:56
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Hi Tketcham, you are right.Even though it was one of those directory issues it was packed with good articles...Mark K.

 

What was the scope of the article?, posted on July 16, 2020 at 06:23:26
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I'm not a subscriber to TAS. Normally I avoid all those buyer's guide/directory/recommended components issues like the plague. But a "Loudspeaker Designer Roundtable" sounds like something I might want to seek out at my local Barnes & Noble.

 

RE: What was the scope of the article?, posted on July 16, 2020 at 08:50:52
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Robert Harley asked loudspeaker designers the same questions regarding design philosophies and challenges, current technology and materials, the future of speaker design and manufacturing, and their perspective on using DSP and powered speakers. TAS published the responses from Richard Vandersteen, Daryl Wilson, Yoav Geva, and Michael Borreson.

There's also an interesting roundtable on subwoofers with Doug Henderson Of JL Audio and John Hunter of REL Acoustics.

Not sure if the two articles alone are worth the asking retail price but if you're interesting in loudspeakers and subwoofers in general the issue is a good reference.

Tom

 

Thanks, I'll check it out, posted on July 16, 2020 at 09:07:41
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The retail price is no obstacle.

I don't subscribe to any magazines anymore because of all the unwanted marketing that goes along with it. But when there's something of interest, I'll buy at the newsstand if I can find it.

 

Tossed, posted on July 17, 2020 at 06:32:28
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As with all of them, I tossed it. I don't care for the equipment directories. Always seem to be the waste of an issue. Upon reading your post I pulled it out of the trash and will give it a look.


-Wendell

 

RE: Tossed, posted on July 17, 2020 at 06:54:28
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The directories are somewhat useful (although the web has made them less so) but I don't keep them around unless it's a listing for a component I'm interested in purchasing. One thing I noticed is that Velodyne wasn't represented in the subwoofer listings. Perhaps because they're undergoing a restructuring and didn't have their full line-up available at the time.

Tom

 

RE: Toss?, posted on July 17, 2020 at 13:17:06
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why wouldn't you look first. there are some good articles and the ones by Harley are ususally the most informative.
...regards...tr

 

I bought the Electronics book and loved it..., posted on July 18, 2020 at 03:34:01
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...especially the article on John Curl. John was quite happy also to be remembered.

Sue

No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot
-Mark Twain

 

RE: I bought the Electronics book and loved it..., posted on July 18, 2020 at 04:28:50
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Hi, Sue,

I've been enjoying Volume One and Volume Two and look forward to the third volume. Between the history, interviews, and technical information (plus the great photos) these are well worth the money and make wonderful gifts. I noticed that Volume One is no longer available but Volume Two is on sale for less than half price.

Tom

 

RE: Toss?, posted on July 18, 2020 at 10:32:20
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Just a years' old habit. Never cared for those issues from TAS or Stereophile. No doubt you are correct.


-Wendell

 

RE: Tossed, posted on July 18, 2020 at 21:39:02
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Disappointed you had tossed the High end Directory into retrievable trash.

Bill

 

if ONLY, posted on August 26, 2020 at 11:50:31
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if ONLY the tas directory were as complete and useful as the AUDIO Magazine October directory issues, referred to by us as the BIBLE. it was complete with listings for I Lirpa Products.
...regards...tr

 

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