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Wireworld Aurora Noise Cancelling AC Cable

Though I’ve heard some pretty staggering differences among speaker cables and interconnects over the years, skepticism has always kept me from taking the claimed sonic differences among AC cables seriously. How can a cable that carries 60-Hz alternating current make a difference in a two-metre length to a component, especially when that rough beast of a signal has slouched through several, sometimes hundreds of miles of mediocre copper cable, and numerous transformers?

Rega Planet CD Player

Rega Planet CD Player

“This could be the CD player Clark Kent would have used had there been CDs in the world of Metropolis. The Planet (Daily or otherwise) is Rega’s first crack at playing the silver discs, and brings designer Roy Gandi’s unique approach to it. It’s a top loader, reminiscent of a Philips portable I once owned, the weighted magnetic clamp contained in the hinged lid so that it automatically seats properly…”

Blue Circle Audio BC3 Preamplifier and BC3 Power Amplifiers

Blue Circle Audio BC3 Preamp

“There is no question that high end audio is usually a labour of love for the designer, this being a given where technology and art meet. What kind of love is another question altogether: sometimes love is blind, sometimes it’s tough, and as often as not, simply perverse. I guess that’s what makes for the remarkable diversity we find in components with such an emotional content. It is perhaps useful to view this pair from Blue Circle Audio in this light…”

Grado Reference Series RS1 Stereo Headphones

Grado RS1 Stereo Headphones-- Click for Review

“I reviewed and ultimately acquired the Grado SR125 headphone almost two years ago (Smr 95), and have since used it in concert and session recordings for monitoring. The thing I’ve always liked about this phone is that it sounds more like speakers than any other I’ve heard in its timbral balance; other headphones tend to be rather bright and spitty by comparison…”

Acco Acoustic Panels

Acco Acoustic Panels-- Click for Review

I first discovered these acoustic absorbers at the Montreal Festival du Son more than a year ago, as demonstrated by genial Yves Boudreau, about whom I have a brief anecdote: at this year’s show I ran into Yves for the third show in a row, his display in the main ballroom just over the way from ours for AIG Imagers, recordings, etc. He greeted me warmly, saying, “Ah, Mr. Marshall, how are you?” My reply was, “Fine, but please call me Andrew…”

AIG Back Issues: Winter 1997

Winter 1997 Issue

Highlights Include: Grado RS1 Headphone, ACCO Acoustic Panels, Wireworld Aurora AC Cord, Audioprism Quiet Line AC Noise Suppressors, Audioprism Isobearings, Versalab Red Roller RF Filter, Waveform Mach 17 Loudspeaker, Merlin VSM Loudspeaker, Paradigm Studio/20 & Servo -15 Subwoofer/X-30 Crossover Loudspeaker System and much more….


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