Added to the Archives This Week

Wes Phillips pries a hard-to-acquire Ayre Acoustics V-3 power amplifier out of company hands and puts it to the sonic test. Does the amp live up to its legendary "Best of Show" status? Phillips has the answer.

In an audiophile blast from the past, J. Gordon Holt ranks the Audio Research D-250 II Servo power amplifier with the competition of 1986. An important review for those interested in the classic amps of yore.

Next, in John Atkinson's "As We See It" editorial from the August 1998 issue, Goodbye & Hello, we're reminded of the highlights of HI-FI '98 and a significant technology announcement: MLP.

Finally, we have this week's installment in our ongoing "Recording of the Month" series for the online archives: Recording of September 2001: Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt, featuring a variety of musicians including Beck, Peter Case, Bruce Cockburn, Steve Earle, Ben Harper, John Hiatt, Taj Mahal, Lucinda Williams, and Victoria Williams. Writer John Swenson tracks the powerful success of such an ambitious project.