act? I didn't stay to see what else was behind the curtain
here, but I'm told it was a new version of $600.00 Magnepan
model MMGs. Nevertheless, they've always impressed and to
hear them without knowing or seeing, only impressed me that
much more. Of course, I asked if there were subs being used
due to the nice sense of low scale energy felt. And yes,
they admitted to having a Magnepan sub somewhere. Thanks for
Sound electrostatic loudspeakers love tubes. One of my
favorite times hearing these capable 'stats were with VAC
electronics at one of these shows a year or two back. This
time, the sound coming from the Jadis system was no slouch
either. I preferred it over what I felt with a short listen
via MBL electronics.
and Partner's Estelon XA Diamond loudspeaker ($64k) sounded
nice but rather cool and too laid back with the Concert
Fidelity electronics here at T.H.E. Show. I so wanted to
like this setup. Using the same electronics in a much
smaller space at the Venetian (but a different digital
front-end and cabling), the XA's sounded more natural and
possessed better bass as well. Go figure. One thing's
certain: this newest version loudspeaker that includes a new
midrange and diamond tweeter has some serious sonic
attributes in the areas of focus, separation and detail.
synergy is never guaranteed in this hobby, but unmistakable
whenever heard. These Model T3.4 Classic Audio loudspeakers
($28k), strapped to pair of pedestrian-priced Atma-Sphere
M-60 amplifiers ($7k) and MP-1 preamp always seem to have
the right amount of synergy and soul.
briefly to the Classic Audio T5, which is the smallest in
the lineup. Although small, it sounded open and dynamic as
one could expect from a 94 dB efficient horn. Impressive
especially for its asking price of $17k.
Chapman Jones designer of Chapman Audio Systems loudspeakers
has a really good sounding product. I first met and heard
these loudspeakers at RMAF back in Oct '11. Here, his model
T8 Mk II, used with a slew of Cary electronics, was again
impressive with their natural sound and wide soundstage
capability. Cary was in a lot of rooms this year I noticed.
Unfortunately, I never asked about the price. My bad. Funny
- all the cabling was the super expensive MIT Oracle series
which I think was more expensive than everything else!