Added to the Archives This Week

Dick Olsher and various other writers take a spin with the Apogee Stage loudspeaker, whose "resemblance to the rest of the Apogee family is unmistakable" in spite of its small size. But the real story is that, "surprisingly, the sound quality does not take a back seat to its more expensive relatives."

Corey Greenberg and Sam Tellig each take a whack at the Conrad-Johnson PV10 preamplifier. Greenberg exclaims, "A sub-thou all-tube Conrad-Johnson preamp with circuitry derived from the company's most expensive models sounded like just the thing for Real World music lovers who still cling to their turntables." But will he and Tellig agree?

More from Stereophile's erstwhile Philosopher-In-Residence George Reisch as he explores "Conspiracy Theories. " As Reisch finds out, we've joined the list of great paranoid fantasies, and J. Gordon Holt is partly to blame.

From the current issue, Jim Austin explains why Stereophile's readers ought to consider "Classical Music as an Act of Rebellion. " Austin laments, "Commercial culture—an oxymoron in the best of times—becomes more oxymoronic with each passing day." So why not try classical?

Finally, the latest installment in our "Recording of the Month" series for the online archives, Recording of October 1995: Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 3. As Mortimer H. Frank notes, "Despite the supersaturated Beethoven-symphony market, these performances offer a new and highly relevant view."