Added to the Archives This Week

Incorporating the company's new "black box" crossover design, the Acarian Alón Li'l Rascal Mk.II loudspeaker captured Robert J. Reina's attention. "I fired up the Li'l Rascals, wondering if I'd catch a glimpse of the dynamic performance I'd heard from the Exotica Grand References at HE2001," explains BJR.

When Art Dudley initially laid eyes on the Reference 3A MM de Capo i loudspeaker, he noted, "At first glance, this speaker looks like a thousand other stand-mounted two-ways on the market." AD then goes on to explain what, other than the odd name, sets it apart.

"I didn't care how the stuff measured, and I wasn't terribly worried about the sound. When the single-ended triode movement crossed my attention eight or nine years ago, I simply thought: That's for me," exclaims Art Dudley in "Listening #12." AD goes on to ask, "Why have we become tyrannized by the cult of flat-frequency response?"

Finally, the latest installment in our "Recording of the Month" series for the online archives, Recording of February 1993: Standing in the Safety Zone. Corey Greenberg uncovers an audiophile favorite: "I tell you that this is not only a fantastic feel-good gospel disc, but one of the best-sounding CDs I've ever heard from any label including the Audiophile-Approved littlies."