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Next, we have JA's 1996 examination of the $9495 Mark Levinson No.31.5 Reference CD transport. Atkinson sets the scene: "If there is a component category that causes the 'objectivists' in the audio community to splutter uncontrollably over their cups of herbal tea, it is the high-end CD transport. For in their 'bits is bits' world, all a transport is required to do is recover the digital data from a disc."
Finally, we have Peter van Willenswaard exploring one of the great audio riddles in Tubes Do Something Special from September, 2000. As van Willenswaard writes, "Most people who now listen to tube amplifiers know from experience that a tube amp of a given measured power output sounds louder than its nominally identical transistorized equivalent . . . there is a directly measurable explanation for the discrepancy." Included are reader letters and the followup from June, 2001.