Hitting Newsstands & Mailboxes This Week: Our May Issue

Spring may be a little late arriving this year, to judge from the weather in New York, but the May issue is on its way to subscribers, newsstands, and tablets. Featuring Bowers & Wilkins' impressive 702 S2 speaker on the cover, which is reviewed inside by Kal Rubinson, this issue features reviews of amplifiers from Luxman, Mark Levinson, NAD, and Parasound; phono cartridges from Soundsmith and Audio-Technica; an intriguing NOS DAC from HoloAudio; Art Dudley on a DeVore Fidelity speaker; and, believe it or not, a smartphone that offers both hi-rez and MQA playback.

Speaking of MQA, Jim Austin continues his series of articles examining aspects of this controversial codec, while the issue kicks off with "Smart Devices, Stupid People," a guest editorial from industry insider Bill Leebens,

volvic's picture

I haven't even finished the April issue.

tonykaz's picture

B&W 702 S2 gets only 3 Woofers on the Left Channel, hmm.
Why not have them balanced or are they for crazy shaped rooms?
I've sold tons of the B&W 802 series with and without their hoods, I don't think these new designs will build Sales Confidence at Best Buy. Ohhhhhhh Welllllll.......

Tony in Michigan

Topher's picture

It's a weird photo angle.

tonykaz's picture

May Issue of Stereophile gotta be a MUST read.

We finally find out if the Smart Phone can be a high-performance front end for a hi-fi system.

Is LG the 21st Century LINN ?

A thrilled with anticipation...

...Tony in Michigan

ps. how do I pause this thing to take a call ?, Can it play music while I'm cooking a recipe ? and so much more

Anton's picture

Can Blue Tooth send Hi Rez or MQA to a DAC/speaker?

Josh Hill's picture

No, Bluetooth doesn't have sufficient bandwidth. You might want to check out Chromecast Audio.

mrkaic's picture

...looking forward to the wise words of the giants writing for the S-file.

davip's picture

As long as you can look past it being digitally-compressed audio... So, no turntables this issue? Ho-hum.

Anton's picture

Just be thankful that the era of all Musical Fidelity all the time is past.

Or did I just jinx it?

funambulistic's picture

I hear they are coming out with a Nu-Vista turntable... No, not really, but I am curious how they keep selling the Nu-Vista line when the specific NOS tube was purportedly of "extremely limited quantity" (which, of course, made them VERY exclusive) like 20 years ago.

shawnwes's picture

Quite an article. I've used LG phones for 5 years & just about time for a new one. No contest which one I'll be buying.

shawnwes's picture

I read online this morning that Stereophile has been sold as part of a magazine company merger and that a few of the regular writers have been let go.

Before I renew my subscription that just lapsed can you provide more details?