TONEAudio Magazine Issue 22


Tribute: Michael Jackson Remembered
By Sally Smith Clemens

Old School: Adcom’s GFP-555 Preamplifier
By Mark Marcontonio

Budget Gear: The Moon i-.5 Series
By Mark Marcontonio

The Journeyman Audiophile: Taking
The Technics SL-1200 to the Max.
By Jeff Dorgay

Leica Rolling Stone: The Rocking World of Jim Marshall
By Jeff Dorgay

A 1975 KISS Adventure
I Dreamed I Was On Stage With KISS in My Maidenform Bra
By Jaan Uhelszki

Inside Neil Young’s Archives: A Chat With L.A. Johnson
By Bob Gendron

McIntosh at 60! : A Visit to Mac Headquarters and a Chat With
CEO Charlie Randall
By Jeff Dorgay

Tone Style

The Aston Martin DBS w/Bang & Olufsen HiFi System
Yeah, It’s That Good

Splash Some Color in Your Living Room
The Art of T.Scott Stromberg

Simpsons Stamps
Fun While it Lasts. DOH!

The HP 110XP Netbook
Leave your MacBook at home

The Rebirth of Marantz
The Reference Series Components are Fantastic


Live Music: The TONEStaff Covers Recent Shows
By Elton John, St. Vincent, The Allman Brothers,
Reeves Gabrels and David Byrne

The Art of Music
Ben Fong-Torres discusses the creation of the Allman Brothers
Live at The Fillmore East Album cover.
By Ben Fong-Torres

Current Releases:
Fresh Releases in the Pop/Rock World
By the TONE Staff

Julian Lage From Guitar Prodigy To A
Smashing Debut
By Jesse Hamlin

Audiophile Pressings Presented by Music Direct
Beck, Carly Simon, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Neil Young,
Alice Cooper and more.

Woodstock 40th Anniversary Releases
One more for the road
By Bob Gendron

On Choosing Great Demo Music
How to decide what to play, when
By Jeff Dorgay


The Burmester 061 CD Player
Art for the Ears Indeed
By Jeff Dorgay


Fosgate Signature MM/MC Phono Stage
By Randy Wells

Clearaudio’s DaVinci Cartridge
By Jeff Dorgay

The BAT VK-55SE Power Amp
By Jeff Dorgay

The Grant Fidelity RITA-340 Tube Integrated
By Jerold O’Brien

DarTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated
By Jeff Dorgay

Shunyata Aurora Interconnects
By Jeff Dorgay


60th Anniversary Classics from McIntosh
By Jeff Dorgay

Sound & Style: The Verity Audio Sarastro II Speakers
By Jeff Dorgay

Sanders Magtech Power Amplifier
By Rich Kent

JL Audio’s Fathom F110 Subwoofers
By Jeff Dorgay

The Morel Octave 5.2 Speakers
By Jeff Dorgay

PMC TB-2i Speakers
By Hood McTiernan

Focal’s Diablo Utopia Speakers
By Jeff Dorgay and Hood McTiernan

The ZU Essence Speakers: Crank Em Up!
By Jeff Dorgay

Headphone Planet:  Carat Topaz Amp and Polestar USB Cable
By Jerold O’Brien

Nak 550 portable and Pioneer 563 Universal player

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Next stop, Rega

After a very nice visit with the folks from Quadraspire racks  we were off to see Sir Elton John.  Full report in the next issue of TONEAudio,due out on the 26th of the month.   Now, it’s off to the REGA factory and owner, Roy Gandy’s  home to get a sneak peek at the latest gear they are soon to release.

Major announcement on Tuesday so stay tuned!

Off To The Chord Company!

Had a great visit at the Chord Company, makers of excellent British cables.  These guys take their manufacturing quite seriously and build everything in house, no offshore manufacturing here!

The plant is spiffy and ther work is great.  You can’t find a bigger group of music lovers than the Chord folks and the proof is in the final result.  Watch for a review soon..

1st Stop – Stonehenge!

After a great morning at the Chord Company, we were takento visit stonehenge…  The most amazing thing is that it’s just off the freeway!  Either way the view is breathtaking and the folks at Chord are wonderful.

Watch for a full factory visit story soon!

Todd Rundgren to perform “A Wizard, A True Star” live in Akron this fall!

The rumors are confirmed.  On September 6th at 8pm, at the Akron Civic Theater in Akron, Ohio, TR will perform this album in it’s entirety.  This is a first, as TR has never performed this record in its entirety live, so some of the tracks have been concert staples for years.  In addition to current bandmates Kasim Sulton, Jesse Gress and Prarie Prince, he will be joined by Greg Hawkes (The New Cars) and former Utopia bandmate Roger Powell.

Rundgren’s wife Michele told us that “The fans were just crazy for this show to happen; it’s all their doing.”

Count on major coverage in the October issue of TONE, we’ll be there before, during and after the show!

You can get more information or purchase tickets at: