Sharper looking than before and now with even better dynamics and more powerful engines, the all-new Audi A5 has its sights on the segment crown.
AUDI HAS PLACED much focus on making the all-new A5 its most refined and fashionable coupe saloon to date, something which is not surprising given how well the previous edition was received by style-conscious enthusiasts the world over. While it may not look a whole lot different to its predecessor a keen eye will notice the introduction of new lines, chiselled contours and other muscular references, particularly around the haunches. Of course it shares a large amount of its design rhetoric with its A4 sibling – the MLB Evo platform architecture included – but it’s in the details where it truly distinguishes itself from other models in the Audi stable.
For starters it employs a shallower and wider single-frame grille which together with the faceted bonnet (or ‘power dome’ as Audi likes to call it) makes for some menacing rear-view presence à la Audi TT. Other standout exterior traits include the nifty 3D-look sculptural tail lamps and polished aluminium trim that gets broader towards the C-pillar instilling it with something Audi calls ‘the perfect Quattro proportion’, referencing the UrQuattros of yesteryear.
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Stromtank S 1000 - COMPUTER-CONTROLLED BATTERY POWER SOURCE
The Kingdom of Audiophiledom rests on a paradox. Inanimate audio systems and rooms aim to deliver music that animates our senses and touches our souls. The inherently lifeless exists to bring music to life.
Rotel Michi S5 POWER AMPLIFIER
It took some time to figure out why, in the middle of auditioning Rotel’s Michi S5 stereo power amplifier ($7499.99) with the room-shaking opening of Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Ravel’s far subtler and perfumed setting of Tristan Klingsor’s lyrics from Shéhérazade came to mind. And then the pathway opened: As mundane a task as reviewing a component may be—listen to this, listen to that, compare to your reference, take copious notes, ponder, and proceed—we music lovers perpetually long for more. We want to be seduced by music and soar aloft on its wonder. We want to transcend routine, rise above the commonplace, and experience the beauty that can rise amidst the ashes. We want to fly.
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Clearaudio Reference Jubilee RECORD PLAYER
There’s an enduring debate among the turntable-tech intelligentsia between opposing theories of turntable design. Some designers, notably Roy Gandy of Rega, follow a lessis-more approach, building stiff, lightweight turntables that release energy rather quickly. Others, such as Franc Kuzma, whose Kuzma Ltd. manufactures my reference Kuzma Stabi R turntable and Kuzma 4Point tonearm, believe in heavy mass-loading to dampen vibrations, including transparency-miring resonances. Though analog sages and savants have argued for decades, the question remains: Should turntables be light or heavy? Should you liberate or dampen internal energy to achieve perfect analog sound forever?
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Technics SU-G700M2 Grand Class INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER
When I reviewed Technics’s SU-R1000 integrated amplifier for the December 2021 issue, I found its performance beyond my expectations. It practi-cally rewrote the ritual of listening to music on my home hi-fi. With its wealth of technological advancements, significant user options, and clear, three-dimensional sound, it cast a large sonic shadow over the other integrated amplifiers in my possession.
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Sometime around 483 BCE, in Kushinagar, the capital of the Malla Republic in what today is the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, an aristocrat named Siddhartha Gautamaknown better to us as the Buddha, or the Awakened One-passed away. For 45 years, he had wandered the North Indian River Plain teaching a method of overcoming ignorance, craving, and the cycle of death and rebirth to a growing community of followers. As he lay dying, the 80-year-old teacher was surrounded by disciples, many of them crying. Gautama was by no account a sentimental man, and several times he told the monks to cut it out.