The Absolut Sound (USA) – Editor´s Choice

Atualizada até Outubro de 2006

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A The Absolute Sound é uma publicação mensal americana voltada ao segmento de áudio de qualidade.
A revista realiza testes mensais com vários equipamentos, e publica as avaliações completas em suas páginas. Anualmente, a Absolute Sound apresenta uma lista com os equipamentos premiados, e apresenta um resumo da avaliação.

Algumas pessoas levantam dúvidas sobre as avaliações, normalmente preocupadas com o fato de alguns equipamentos avaliados pertencerem a anunciantes da revista, o que poderia proporcionar a estes algum favorecimento. Porém, podemos afirmar que a The Absolute Sound é outra daquelas publicações bem confiáveis, e a revista é bastante cuidadosa em suas avaliações. É fácil perceber que os equipamentos avaliados realmente representam o que há de melhor no mercado.
Esta lista é uma fonte segura para direcionar suas escolhas, mas não deve substituir a avaliação pessoal, já que muitos outros fatores influenciam o gosto individual.

A publicação desta lista é feita com a autorização da Absolute Multimedia Inc., para uso exclusivo do Hi-Fi Planet. Não é permitida a reprodução deste conteúdo sem a autorização prévia da editora ou de seus advogados procuradores no Brasil, sob o risco de violação de direitos autorais, conforme legislação vigente.

A The Absolute Sound é vendida para o Brasil, sendo necessário apenas possuir um cartão de crédito internacional. A vantagem é que o preço da assinatura de 12 edições, já com o custo da entrega em sua casa, costuma sair praticamente pelo mesmo preço de uma ou duas edições vendidas em banca no Brasil, quando é possível encontrá-la.
Para acessar a página da revista na Internet, e poder fazer uma assinatura, use o endereço:

www.theabsolutesound.com

Abaixo reproduzimos os equipamentos testados em suas respectivas faixas de classificação.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Paradigm Atom
Epos ELS3
Usher S520
Era Design 4
Epos ELS303
PSB T45/55
Totem Rainmaker
Magnepan MG12/QR
Spendor S3/5 and S3/5SE
Revel Concerta F12
Dynaudio Audience 52SE
Vandersteen 2CE Signature
Definitive Technology BP7004
Stirling Broadcast LS3/5a
Quad 22L
DALI IKON 6
Magnepan MG 1.6
PSB Platinum M2
Usher CP-6311
B&W 704
Totem Hawk
Von Schweikert VR 2
Harbeth HL Compact 7 ES-2
Gallo Nucleos Reference 3.1
Spendor S8e
Sonus Faber Concerto Domus
Vandersteen 3A Signature
Legacy Victoria LE
Coincident Partial Eclipse
Canton Vento 807DC
Von Schweikert Audio VR-4 jr
Acoustic Zen Technologies Adagio
DALI Helicon 400
Thiel CS2.4
Magnepan MG 3.6
Hyperion HPS-938
Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor
ATC SCM 20-2
Paradigm Reference Signature S8
Audio Physic Padua RR
Revel Performa F52
Quad 988 and 989
Gradient Revolution Active
Usher Dancer
B&W 803D
Sonus Faber Cremona
Krell Resolution 2
Martin Logan Summit
PBN Montana EPS2
Rockport Technologies Mira
Wilson Sophia 2
Vandersteen Model 5A
Legacy Whisper
Sound Lab M-1a
Verity Audio Parsifal Ovation
B&W 800D
Focus Audio Hyperion Master 3
Kharma Ceramique Reference Monitor 3.2
MAGICO Mini
Wilson WATT/Puppy
Sonus-Faber Stradivari
DALI Megaline
Kharma Mini Exquisite
Wilson MAXX 2
Ascendo M
MBL 101 E
Avantgarde TrioCompact with Basshorn
Rockport Technologies Hyperion

SUBWOOFERS

PSB SubSonic 5i
REL Q-108B
Epos ELS Active Subwoofer
Definitive Technology SuperCube I
James EMB-1000
REL Britannia B3 sub
Thiel SS2 SmartSub and SI 1 Integrator
Audio Physic Minos
Krell Master Reference

POWER AMPLIFIERS

NAD C 272
Parasound Halo A23
Primaluna Prologue 5
Quad 909
Rotel RB 1090
Primaluna Prologue Six monoblocks
Channel Islands Audio D-200 monoblocks
Audio Research VS55
Cary Audio Cinema 2 and CAD-808 (Rocket 88)
NuForce Reference 9 monoblocks
Conrad-Johnson MV 60SE
Edge G4
McIntosh MC275 Series IV
Audio Research 300.2
Balanced Audio Technology VK-55
Meridian G57
Classé Delta CA-2200
Kharma Matrix MP-150
Air Tight ATM 300
Parasound Halo JC 1
Mark Levinson No. 432
Pass Labs X350.5
Balanced Audio Technology
MBL 8011
Edge G8+
Simaudio Moon W 8
Mark Levinson No. 436 monoblocks
Edge NL 10.1 and NL 12.1
Pass Labs XA160
Audio Research Reference 210 monoblocks
Balanced Audio Technology VK-600SE monoblocks
Lamm ML2.1 monoblocks
MBL 9008 monoblocks
Krell Evolution One monoblocks
MBL 9011 monoblocks

INTEGRATED AMPLIFIERS

NAD C 320BEE
Cambridge Azur 540A v2
Rotel RA 1062
Jolida JD-1000A
PrimaLuna Prologue One
Naim Nait 5i
YBA Design YA201
Cyrus 8vs
Vincent SV-236
Cayin Audio A 88T
Pathos Classic One MK III
NAD Masters Series M3
Ayre AX-7e
Audio Research VSi55
Plinius 9200
Balanced Audio Technology VK-300X
Thule Audio´s Spirit IA350B Integrated Amplifier
Edge G3
Chapter Précis

STEREO RECEIVERS

Outlaw Audio RR2150
Rotel RX-1052
Arcam Solo

PREAMPLIFIERS

NAD C 162
Rogue Audio Metis
Quad 99 and QC-24
PrimaLuna ProLogue 3
Sonic Euphoria PLC Passive Line Controller
Arcam FMJ C31
Cary Audio SLP-308
Artemis Labs LA-1
Sutherland The Director
Meridian G02
Classé Delta CP-500
Conrad-Johnson Premier 18LS
Edge G2
Aesthetix Calypso
McIntosh C46 and C2200
Balanced Audio Technology VK-31SE
Pass Labs X1
Hovland HP-100
Hovland HP-200
MBL 5011
Balanced Audio Technology VK-51SE
ARC Reference 3
Mark Levinson No. 326S
Edge Signature 1.1
Simaudio Moon P 8
MBL 6010 D
Krell Evolution Two

PHONOSTAGES

Gram Amp 2 SE
Grado PH-1
Phonomena
Benz Lukaschek PP-1
Sutherland PhD
Artemis Labs PL-1
Aesthetix Rhea
ARC PH7
Lamm LP 2 DeLuxe
Aesthetix Io MKII and MKII Signature
Manley Steelhead

DIGITAL PROCESSORS

TacT Audio RCS 2.2XP

DIGITAL SOURCES

Denon DVD-1920
Cambridge Azur 540D
Cambridge 540C v2
NAD C 542
Music Hall CD 25.2
Rotel RCD-1072
Rega Apollo
Sony DVP-NS9100ES
Quad 99-CDP
Sim Audio Moon Equinox
Thule Audio Space DVA-250B
Arcam FMJ CD36
Musical Fidelity A5
Ayre CX-7e
Arcam FMJ DV29
Marantz SA-11s1
Denon DVD-5910
Classé Delta CDP-102
Krell SACD Standard
Krell Showcase
Meridian G08CD
Plinius CD-101
Accuphase DP-57
Lexicon RT-20
Linn Unidisk SC
Ayre C-5xe Universal player
Esoteric X-03
MBL 1521 A CD Drive and 1511 E DAC
Theta Generation VIII DAC
Meridian 808 Signature Reference
Meridian 800 CD/DVD-A Player
MBL 1621 A CD Transport and 1611 E Digital-to-Analog Converter

TURNTABLES

Music Hall MMF-5 w/ Goldring 1012GX cartridge
Rega P3
Clearaudio Emotion/Satisfy
Rega P5
Pro-Ject RM 9.1
VPI Aries Scout w/ JMW-9
Funk Firm Funk Vector
Basis 1400 Signature
Kuzma Stabi S
Linn Sondek LP12
Wilson Benesh Full Circle analog system
Clearaudio Master Solution AMG
SOTA Cosmos Series III
Well-Tempered Lab Reference II
SME Model 10A
Clearaudio Maximum Solution
Redpoint Model B
SME Model 20/II
Basis Debut Signature
Kuzma Stabi XL Reference turntable and Air Line arm
SME Model 30/2
Walker Proscenium Black Diamond turntable and tonearm

TONEARMS

Rega RB300
Kuzma Stogi S
Wilson Benesch A.C.T. 0.5
VPI JMW-9 Signature
SME 309
VPI JMW-10.5 & JMW-12.5
Tri-Planar VII
SME Series V
Kuzma Air Line
Grado Prestige Gold
Sumiko Blue Point Special EVOIII
Grado Reference Sonata
Benz Micro ACE
Lyra Dorian
Sumiko Blackbird
Wilson Benesch PLY
Dynavector Karat 17D Mk II
Shelter 501 Mk II
Grado Reference
Sumiko Celebration
Lyra Helikon
Shelter 90X
Benz Ruby 3
Koetsu Rosewood Signature
London Reference
Micromagic Diamond
Lyra Titan mono
Air Tight PC-1
Clearaudio Titanium

TUNERS

Magnum Dynalab MD106T

MULTICHANNEL CONTROLERS

Outlaw Audio 990
Rotel RSP-1098
Krell Showcase
Anthem Statement D2
Arcam FMJ AV9
Halcro SSP-100
Theta Casablanca III and Six Shooter

MULTICHANNEL AMPLIFIERS

Outlaw Audio 7125
Rotel RMB-1075
NAD T 973
Parasound Halo A52
Cary Cinema 5
Anthem Statement P5
Theta Digital Dreadnaught II
Audio Research 150M
Krell Theater Amplifier Standard
Plinius Odeon
Balanced Audio Technology VK-6200

INTERCONNECTS, SPEAKER CABLES, AND POWER CORDS

Acoustic Zen Technologies Tsunami II and Gargantua II Power Cords
AudioQuest Jaguar/DBS Interconnect
AudioQuest CV-8/DBS Speaker Cable
AudioQuest DBS Cheetah Interconnect and Kilimanjaro Speaker Cable
Crystal Cable Crystal Connect Micro Interconnect and CrystalSpeak Micro Speaker Cable
Harmonic Technology Magic Link One Interconnect
Harmonic Technology Pro-11 + Speaker Cable
Kimber Kable Hero Interconnect
Kimber Cable 8TC Speaker Cable
Legenburg Hermes S Interconnect and Speaker Cable
MIT AVt 1 Speaker Cable
MIT Magnum MA Speaker Cable
Nordost Blue Haven Interconnect and Speaker Cable
Nordost Baldur Interconnect and Speaker Cable
Nordost Valhalla Interconnect and Speaker Cable
Nordost Brahma Power Cord
PNF Audio Icon Interconnect and Symphony Speaker Cable
Purist Audio Design Dominus Interconnect and Speaker Cable
Rega Couple Interconnect
Richard Gray´s Power Company High Tension Wire Power Cord
Shunyata Python Power Cord
Siltech Paris MXT Interconnect
Siltech New York MXT Speaker Cable
Paul Apeltz “Anti-Cable” Speaker Cable
Synergistic Research REL-spec Subwoofer Cable
Synergistic Research Alpha Interconnect
Synergistic Research Absolute Reference X2 Interconnect and Speaker Cable
TARA Labs RSC Air 1 and Air 1 Series 2 Interconnect and Speaker Cable
TARA Labs Zero Interconnect and Omega Speaker Cable
TARA Labs The One Power Cord
Van den Hul Integration Hybrid Interconnect
Virtual Dynamics Master Series Power Cord
Wireworld Equinox 5 Speaker Cable
XLO Ultra 12 Speaker Cable

HEADPHONES AND HEADPHONE AMPS

AKG K501
Grado SR60
Grado SR325i
Grado RA-1 headphone amplifier
HeadRoom BitHead and Total BitHead Portable Headphone Amplifiers
Meier-Audio Porta Corda headphone amplifier
Sennheiser HD650
Shure E5c
UltraSone PROLine 2500

EQUIPAMENT RACKS

Billy Bags Equipament Racks
Finite Elemente “Spider”
Sanus Natural Furniture Audio Racks
Walker Audio Equipament Rack

POWER CONDITIONERS

Audience Adept Response
Monster Cable HTS series power conditioners
Richard Gray Power Company 600S, 1200S, and Pole Pig
Shunyata Hydra-8 and Hydra-2 AC Power Conditioners
Walker Audio Valid Points and Velocitor Power Line Enhancers

ACCESSORIES

Acoustic Room Systems
ASC Tube Traps
Auralex Acoustics Studiofoam Wedges
Bright Star Audio Iso-Rock Speaker S
Clearaudio Strobo-disc and Strobe Light
Clearaudio Matrix Record Cleaner
Echo Busters
Express Machining Digital Stylus Force Gauge
Gryphon Exorcist and Black Exorcist Demagnetizers
Nordost Eco 3 Spray
Precision Audio Cable Elevators Plus
RPG Diffusor Systems B.A.D. panels
Sanus SF26 Steel Foundation speaker stands
Shakti Hallographs
Shure Stylus Force Gauge
Townshend Seismic Sinks
Vibrapods
Winds ALM-1 Arm Load Meter

BOOKS

The Complete Guide to High-End Audio, Third Edition
The Master Handbook of Acoustics, Fourth Edition
Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science
Music, Sound & Technology
Music, The Brain, and Ecstasy
The NPR Listener´s Encyclopedia of Classical Music
Quad-The Closest Approach
Sound Bites: 50 Years of Hi-Fi News

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