Just received issue 225...2 questions
Where is AHC's recommendations for Golden Ear Awards? As I truly enjoy his reviews (which have been lately few and far between) I was disappointed in not seeing his.
Where was HP's recommendations? Usually he interjects his comments and favorites in this issue.
As for what I assume will be the most controversial review in a long time, I would like to applaud Alan Traffel for his review of the Dac 8. Not because he didn't give it a "product of the month" glowing review, but instead his discontent of the product compared to the Dac 7 and other products on the market. All too often, we readers complain of the "product of the month" reviews most issues have. This harkens back to the early years when TAS wasn't afraid to post a negative review. For the record I have never heard the Dac 8 and I own Wyred 4 Sound.
A comment was recently posted about the commercialization of TAS (my synopsis of his article, not his exact words). While I greatly mis the original artwork of those early issues, a non glowing review like the one above reminds me of the old days when early reviews were either glorious or damning.