Added to the Archives This Week

In his review of the Conrad-Johnson Premier Eleven power amplifier, Wes Phillips comes clean and admits that he loves to be seduced by sound. Phillips writes, "Now, I'm not proposing that we embrace coloration . . . but the removal of all pleasure-producing tonalities doesn't necessarily make for increased realism."

Back in 1983, John Atkinson hooked up a hot-running class-A amplifier, the Krell KSA-50, to a pair of Celestions and entered the land of the "fully dimensioned 'soundstage.'" Fast-forward more than a decade for his review of the Krell KSA-50S power amplifier. A lot of things can change in 12 audio years—but are they always for the better?

With multichannel DVD-Audio and SACD on the horizon, the temptation to tinker with the old stereo master tapes is great. But in his "As We See It" from August, Drums in the Rear Channels?, Jon Iverson posits the theory that without the original musician and composer input, adding those extra channels could turn into a sonic disaster.

Finally, we have another installment in our "Recording of the Month" series for the online archives: Recording of November 2000: Money Shot from Robert Walter's 20th Congress. Robert Baird finds he has a funky side as well.