What did you know; I was in Barnes & Noble and bought a first for quite long time September TAS magazine. I do not subscribe audio publications but seldom buy them. Since I did not do it for as long time I though it will be entertaining. It was entertaining and in a way educational – nothing was change since I remember it from past.
I developed a bit freaky pattern to read audio publications. If an article is by a staff audio pimp then I usually look at the pictures and read first view sentences of some articles, sometimes first view sentences of second paragraph. Then I am trying to guess what will be said. If an article is an interview then I read it to the end. So what the new TAS brought to me? As unseals a few sensations that I would share…. with the world.
The first page – some kind of add by Magico with equipment stand. I have no idea what it is. I do not like company; the owner is an asshole and very accidental person in audio. I know that Magico asshole Alon Wolf is just a company facade, the core of the company is an Israeli guy who does not show up, and reportedly he is in intelligent fellow. I hope the Magico break up, Magico’s technical guy start his own operation and the Wolfy will go back to do export of mid-east asphalt.
Next few pages – Page 7- YG Acoustic advertisement. I did read a few YG ads. Start advertising, Jenny Craig stile, surly will work with TAS readers. I have no idea about YG Acoustic sound.
Page 10, letter from Harley. He moved to a new room. Good for him, so did I. Frankly I care about my room not about his, so I have no intend to read it.
Page 12, very interesting page. It has a promise to publish a guide for playback evaluation. This is VERY ambition subject if it done seriously but it will not be done a necessary level - the subject it to complicated for TAS sales team to handle and to difficult for TAS reader to understand it.
Next - GTT Audio ad - are they still in the business - I thought they are gone. It look that they do not sell Kharma anymore – they were big on it – I wonder what happen? I guess they stopped to feed retard Jonathan Valin, he stopped to write about Kharma –so the Kharma stream dried out. That is very sad. In past Kharma was in indication of audio person stupidity, it was very easy… Apparently the fools who worshiped Kharma 5 years back nowadays dropped audio and they dedicated to a new “hobby” – playing golf.
Next – A new Sonus Fiber speaker and the major review. I do not care about Sonus Fiber and I do not care about this type of speakes. So, I did not read it.
Page 18 – Cambridge Audio digital gear by Nail Garder - I do not care, next
Page 22, Chris Maritns’ article about new Shelter 901. I have no idea who Chris Maritns is but the subject do integers me. I a few sentences that I pick here and there do suggest that it would be worth to read it attentively.
Page 28 – Oh Horizon –a view on the most promising new loudspeakers. Absolutely nothing exiting or interesting.
Page 34 – 12 most significant loudspeakers of all time. Say whatever you wish but I disagree with the entire approach. They recognize significance as initiation of topology. I recognize significance as unique sonic accomplishments that define own topology.
Page 37 – Jonathan Vlain nominated Magico Mini and the most significant loudspeakers of all time – I just vomited on my Cat
Page 40 – HP’s article about some older speakers – I will read it later on.
Page 50 – Vlain’s reviews of new Magneplanar. I did not read it but it begs an interesting question. The people who were in Vlain’s room suggested that he has very bad sound. Now, having bad sound, this poor guy has a number of different speakers of different topology. That has to be very abusive and very devastating got his ability to set up any kind of respected sound in his room. So, those reviewers are in way a very unfortunate people….
Page 54 – TAD’s new monitor. The TAD large speakers hugely compress sound - I wonder if the new monitor will do the same.
Page 58 - a new Dinyaudio speaker and a major review. I do not like Dinyaudio drivers – that are absolute horrible and I do not care about this type of speaker. But hold on! The former page has a full page ad of the same speaker. I wonder if it is an accident. A manufactures pay let say $15K for a full page. A purpose of the ad to remind or to inform about the a company or product. What was the purpose for Dinyaudio to buy a space and to place an ad if they have next 5 pages of a full blown review?
Page 62 - Dali Heloicon. I do not know anything about them. Look peasant, that is about it, I did not read the review snd I do not know if I will.
Page 66. Nola speaker... by Jonathan Valin. Amassing, I have one speaker and only in the and of the year 8 I was able it to sound more or less properly. Jonathan Valin has 3 different speakers’ juts for this release – very unfortunate guy….
Page 71 – TAD main review of the new monitor. I wonder why TAD paid for page 54 if then have the review in this month magazine. Any person who run own business and values own money would not do it. Was the condition to buy ads for all 12 releases enforced to TAD by TAS? Many manufactures told me that without paying to those ad-extortions to TAS the magazine do not accept product to review. I do not want to gig into it as frankly I do not care. BTW, the sensitively of the new TAD monitors is 86dB. Good luck with that!
Page 78 – new Verity Lohengrun MK2 speaker – did I see a full page ad by Verity in this issue?
Page 85 – Cable Company ad about their fight against hanger. – I truly hate then they do it – this is ethics it its worst.
Page 90- two small Krell amps. I like an idea of a small power mono block but it is Krell – who cares.
Next 10 pages – two new praamps reviews, one of them by Jonathan Valin. How he was able to review preamps if he was changing speakers dally?
Page 104 – a Tape Project Article by … Jonathan Valin. Apparently he doped in this shit as well. I do not like the Tape Project idea – I belie it is just a mental masturbation, not the last fact that I do not like people who run the show there. So, I care less about the Tape Project and thier gayish looking take recorders.
The last 10 page some kind of music with just 4 classical recordings.
The last page is an interview with Axiss Audio guy. I wonder who the fuck the Axiss Audio is to make them interesting. To interview Axiss Audio is like to interview a sales-clerk from nearby Ford dealer. Wasn’t TAS able to find anybody more interesting than a guy who moves UPS boxes?The Cat
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