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  • What's Your Favorite Audio Magazine?

    Which magazines make the regular rounds around your home and what do you like and dislike about them?
    14
    Stereophile
    19.05%
    8
    The Absolute Sound
    19.05%
    8
    Positive Feedback
    16.67%
    7
    Hi Fi+
    4.76%
    2
    Tone Audio
    4.76%
    2
    Soundstage
    4.76%
    2
    6 Moons
    7.14%
    3
    The Audio Beat
    7.14%
    3
    Stereotimes
    0%
    0
    The Inner Ear
    0%
    0
    Dagogo
    4.76%
    2
    Mono and Stereo
    4.76%
    2
    Other
    2.38%
    1
    None
    4.76%
    2
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

  • #2
    It's very rare I buy a physical copy on the newsstand today and I gave up the subscriptions I had years ago. I do read a lot of them online, but actually prefer to read user reviews when I come across them.
    Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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    • #3
      One thing that has changed with time. I remember the days when I couldn't wait -- and who knew when that was -- for the new issue of TAS to arrive. What was Harry going to say? What was Nork going to say? What was Donleycott going to say? What was David Wilson going to say? What albums were Sid going to review? Where have those days gone?
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #4
        If I had to pick only one magazine, it would be the original TAS back when Harry ruled the audiophile jungle with an iron fist. Harry was the silverback gorilla in those days. Cool artwork on the front cover and beautiful photography on the back cover all in a just right-sized package that made it somehow more special. I doubt the team of writers that Harry had assembled in the golden years of TAS will ever happen again.
        Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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        • #5
          I still have issues #1-120 or so. Not all here, with some in storage. I really recommend reading issues #1-25 because it really provides an interesting insight into the history of the industry, when Harry called it as he saw it, the controversy over accepting advertising (not all that different from the reaction when Dylan went electric). the development of the reviewing language (didn't really happen for the first 10 or 15 issues), the use of specific musical cuts to illustrate points (again not at the beginning), development of subjective reviewing (beyond JGH), and rise of people like David Wilson, one of the most meticulous reviewers ever. All his reviews came illustrated with charts of soundstage, etc. No bars and graphs though.

          And yes those Robiis were amazing covers. I think the mystery girl on the back was Donna Resnick (some thought it Chris Yuin but it wasn't).
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #6
            I subscribed to a small Canadian publications called UHF Magazine for years. I loved their editorials and user feedback/question section, in addition to the way they reviewed product. Someone would take the primary review, but there were always 2-3 other reviewers that provided their thoughts at the end.
            Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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            • #7
              I think another thing that TAS did really well was getting two or three reviewers comment on a given product. Something that simply isn't possible today. Of course, if they didn't agree with Harry, it was xxxx you ignorant slut.
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mep View Post
                If I had to pick only one magazine, it would be the original TAS back when Harry ruled the audiophile jungle with an iron fist. Harry was the silverback gorilla in those days. Cool artwork on the front cover and beautiful photography on the back cover all in a just right-sized package that made it somehow more special. I doubt the team of writers that Harry had assembled in the golden years of TAS will ever happen again.
                What was your favorite cover?
                Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                ________________________________________

                -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                • mep
                  mep commented
                  Editing a comment
                  The hand of God pointing at a cartridge?

              • #9
                So many great and clever covers to choose from.

                https://www.flickr.com/photos/976861...7634205699962/

                Remember when they sold the covers too and you could frame them? I had the Carnegie and Chicago Symphony Hall posters framed!
                Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                ________________________________________

                -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                • #10
                  I stopped taking them seriously the first time I quit audio, incidentally aroundt the time they all dropped the digest format. In their heyday I read: TAS cover to cover, Stereophile, Listener, HFN&RR (for ken Kessler) Sound Practices (short lived but great intro into SET/Horns) and Stereo Sound (Japanese) for the gear porn.
                  Simon Yorke S10 | My Sonic Lab Eminent GL | AcousticPlan PhonoMaster | Wadia X32 | Innuous ZEN Mini Mk II | Valvet Soulshine2 | Linear Tube Audio ZOTL10 MkII | Avantgarde Uno Fino XD

                  "One of the great challenges of this world: Knowing enough about a subject to think you are right, but not enough about the subject to know you're wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Rob View Post
                    I stopped taking them seriously the first time I quit audio, incidentally aroundt the time they all dropped the digest format. In their heyday I read: TAS cover to cover, Stereophile, Listener, HFN&RR (for ken Kessler) Sound Practices (short lived but great intro into SET/Horns) and Stereo Sound (Japanese) for the gear porn.
                    People also seem to focus on the equipment that TAS reviewed and forget that Harry put together an outstanding music section with Art Pfeffer, Art. Lintgen, Ed Mendelsohn, Sid Marks, etc.
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                      People also seem to focus on the equipment that TAS reviewed and forget that Harry put together an outstanding music section with Art Pfeffer, Art. Lintgen, Ed Mendelsohn, Sid Marks, etc.
                      that's why I call it their "heyday" who are their great music writers today?
                      Simon Yorke S10 | My Sonic Lab Eminent GL | AcousticPlan PhonoMaster | Wadia X32 | Innuous ZEN Mini Mk II | Valvet Soulshine2 | Linear Tube Audio ZOTL10 MkII | Avantgarde Uno Fino XD

                      "One of the great challenges of this world: Knowing enough about a subject to think you are right, but not enough about the subject to know you're wrong" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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                      • #13
                        With all the changes in today's audio world, that multiple comment review has gone the way of the dodo bird. Nowadays, most magazines and manufacturers only put aside one piece of a given product for a review. Manufacturers don't want to be caught with their pants down and all that money tied up in inventory. Many years ago, one leading high-end company recalled all the gear out for review because they looked at their books and found they had $500,000 tied up in review equipment. But what I liked most about the old TAS comments was not only did three reviewers give their perspective on the DUT's sound, but the equipment was tried in three usually very different systems.
                        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                        ________________________________________

                        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                        • #14
                          The only "audio journal" I read regularly and/or subscribe to now is Stereophile, not because it is especially good but because it has been consistent enough in personnel and editorial oversight for it to have some predictive value for me. Certain reviewers for other ezines hold a similar position for me, but they are generally a minority even within their own publication, and the quality of editorial oversight in particular is poor IMO. The overall quality of audio review 'zines has declined rather substantially from the '80's and '90's. Anyone up for a resurrection of Ultimate Audio?
                          Modwright Oppo 205 full tube mod
                          Pass Labs INT60
                          Daedalus Audio Apollo 11’s
                          REL S3
                          Daedalus/Wywires and Acoustic Zen cables
                          Torus IS5

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                          • #15
                            Of all the magazines, Stereophile perhaps comes in for the most flack. (I don't know how John deals with it) But John deserves real kudos for being the consummate professional, putting out Stereophile on regular basis each and every month! Having formerly been an editor, that's no small feat! That's with all the sales and resales of the magazine and cost cutting. Not to mention his longevity as the Editor of the magazine. And the magazine probably has 3-4X (?) the distribution of any other high-end audio magazine.
                            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                            ________________________________________

                            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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