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(Jan. 5, 1937-Nov. 4, 2014), 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 remained the Chairman of its Editorial Advisory Board until 2006 and regularly contributed a feature entitled HP's Workshop.[2] The magazine is now published by Absolute Multimedia, Inc., of Austin, Texas.


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

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