Added to the Archives This Week

Kalman Rubinson says he "anticipated the installation of the TacT Audio RCS 2.0 digital equalizer/preamplifier with mixed emotions." Would his hard work at setting up the perfect listening environment be rendered irrelevant in the face of digital signal processing? Or would the future of audio unfold at his feet?

In a related feature, Rubinson profiles and uses the ELAC Technische Software CARA 2.0 computer program, which attempts to model the properties of your listening room before you commit the big bucks. Even better than the real thing? Rubinson investigates.

Michael Fremer takes a shot at the Merlin Music Systems VSM Millennium loudspeaker system, which has always impressed him at trade shows. "So when I got the opportunity to review the Millennium, the latest iteration of Merlin's VSM, it was a no-brainer," sez Mikey, who spills the audio beans.

This week wraps up with our next installment in our "Recording of the Month" series for the online archives: Recording of May 2000: Dr. John: Duke Elegant. Music Editor Robert Baird finds a disc to savor in a land of uninteresting music.