The Absolute Sound

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The Absolute Sound
The Absolute Sound cover.png
Cover of April 2011 issue
Editor Robert Harley
Categories High end audio
Frequency 10/year
First issue 1973
Company Absolute Multimedia, Inc.
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0097-1138

The Absolute Sound (often referred to as "TAS") is an American monthly magazine which reviews audiophile-oriented sound-reproduction and recording equipment and recordings, and comments on various music-related subjects. It was founded in 1973 by Harry Pearson, who was the Editor in Chief.[1] Until the mid to late 1990s, Pearson owned and directed all rights to "TAS" and the magazine was published by Pearson Publishing Inc., which also published a sister high-end video review magazine published quarterly called The Perfect Vision. Pearson still remains the Chairman of its Editorial Advisory Board and regularly contributes a feature entitled HP's Workshop. The magazine is now published by Absolute Multimedia, Inc., of Austin, Texas.

Harry Pearson is no longer listed on the masthead and is therefore, probably not officially associated with the magazine, as he's established his own website, HP Soundings that is most likely considered a competitor by both parties. It too is now defunct. He has announced he has quit in disapproval of the magazine & is purportedly working on a book, that is not expected to be published in any definable time frame.


  1. ^ Unger, Craig. "The Compact Discs: Hearing is Believing", New York Magazine, Apr 4, 1983, pp. 55-58.

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