The Absolute Sound
|Company||Absolute Multimedia, Inc.|
|Based in||Austin, Texas|
The Absolute Sound (often referred to as "TAS") is an American magazine which reviews audiophile-oriented sound-reproduction equipment, along with recordings and comments on various music-related subjects.
The Absolute Sound was founded in 1973 by Harry Pearson, who was its editor-in-chief and publisher. In the early years, TAS was a quarterly, digest-sized magazine and accepted no advertisements. During the 1970s and 1980s, TAS (along with Stereophile) was highly influential in rejuvenating the audiophile industry. Pearson himself is widely credited as being the most important figure in the rise of High-End audio.
Until the mid to late-1990s, Pearson owned and directed all rights to TAS. 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 until his departure in 2012. The magazine is now published by Absolute Multimedia, Inc., of Austin, Texas.
- "Harry Pearson". The Absolute Sound. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
- Vitello, Paul (2014-11-12). "Harry Pearson, Founder of Absolute Sound, Dies at 77". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
- "Audio Legend Harry Pearson Passes Away". Analog Planet. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
- Vitello, Paul (12 November 2014). "Harry Pearson, Founder of Absolute Sound, Dies at 77". The New York Times. p. B18.