so I got my July issue early last week in fact. Tell me why if pages are in short supply, is it wasted on things from Malaysia? a box with a vol control and some transformers? And of course this thing was just so wonderful. YET, you guys never want to review some stuff from teh heartland MN. Soem real american made sonic marvels. Amazing how you can find this obscure uselsess stuff, while ignoring some things from right here in MN. When are you gonna review some VanAlstine stuff already? Enough with teh absurditys like $400 wooden boxes with a vol control. And $250K speakers got a mention. yeah $250K speakers with 8" drivers, I'm sure that sounds like live music!!! www.avahifi.com Enough of the absurditys in hi fi. Checkout some stuff based in reality. Stereophile is about teh best....or is it continuing to just pull out absuridtys to be add. And the reviews are all becoming, "one of teh best" sounding, liek my 1960's McIntosh amps....eessshhh. I thought Stereo Review was long gone. You jump from 4400 useless wooden boxes to $100K TT's....do stuff for mortals, and stuff that is real. This wooden box maker is direct sales, so is AVA. Handmade to order yupper, AVA. Why do you continue to ignore this stuff? The Ultra series priced for mortals, with sound that will meet or beat some of the absurditys priced in the $trato$phere. You have to go out of your way to find the absurditys, when real tuff is ignored. Wood boxes from Malaysia I'm sure didn't just happen to appear did it? Of course his silver wire is key to real sosnic engineering. Then there is some Shindo..blah blah blah. Oh, he puts a clear window so you see the tubes glowing, that sure makes it sound better. I'm sure he is a "research" company....riiiight. And it sounded better with teh cover off. Holy Cripes. AD let me down, lst time he pulled ahead in reality based remarks, now he stepped back. Where do you find these things The tone of music, yeah, riiiiight. 5 pages almost on this crap!!! Handmade limited edition..yeah another riiiiight. and of course another breakthrough. I've heard things I never heard.... Of course Shindo does it all, wires, and stuff. Vacuum tube rectifiers, yeah, nothing like 1950's ckt design of course it sounds better riiiight. We got reid of vacuum tube rectifiers years ago, in HV applications they actually emitted x-rays when they got "hard" . They where replaced with solid state "sticks" that screwed into the original Norelco tube sockets. 50kV appliaped across a vac tube produces x-rays, where ya don't want em'. Why on earth would any compentant designer use vacuum tube rectifiers in teh 21st cnetury, it's more crap. Vac tubes are not better than solid state diodes for rectification, it's BS. The ckts doesn't know it has vac tube DC or sS D.C. Only the ad copy does...holy moly. More science, less BS in Stereophile already. AD....let me down. 5 pages of prose about just another obsolete product with mystical nonsense. Vintage parts abound, that is code for old crap oil filled GE capactiors...are you for real? Where did they dig up this junk? Dic you check for PCB's? Does it say no PCB on teh case? When is a reviewer gonna just come out and ask, what is the purpose of using obsolete junk parts? The mysticism of using obsolete parts is still BS.