The Absolute Sound

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The Absolute Sound
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EditorRobert Harley
CategoriesHigh-end audio
FounderHarry Pearson
Year founded1973
CompanyAbsolute Multimedia, Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inAustin, Texas

The Absolute Sound (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.[1] During the 1970s and 1980s, TAS (along with Stereophile) was highly influential in rejuvenating the audiophile industry.[2] Pearson himself is widely credited as being the most important figure in the rise of High-End audio.[3]

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;[4] the magazine is now published by Absolute Multimedia, Inc., of Austin, Texas.

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  1. ^ "Harry Pearson". The Absolute Sound. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Audio Legend Harry Pearson Passes Away". Analog Planet. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  4. ^ Vitello, Paul (12 November 2014). "Harry Pearson, Founder of Absolute Sound, Dies at 77". The New York Times. p. B18.

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