rear of this Denon POA-A1HDCI ($7k)
amplifier was among the biggest I've seen
with regard to home theater applications.
Options abound in this 120 lbs beast; bi-amp
or bridge up to five channels (500-watts
per), or use each channel independently.
Plan sounded just as delightful as when
heard in previous demos. Their open-baffle
designed Veena ($28k active and $23k
passive) is remarkably open while their
electronics never seem to disappoint. Talk
about owning a perfectly synergistic setup?
You might want to consult with a company
that makes both the electronics as well as
loudspeakers. Believe it or not, the
fancy artwork and lamp centered between the
Veenas, as well as the bass traps and
fabrics that adorned the sidewalls were
strictly designed for acoustic treatment
compliments of Transparent Acoustic of
Tastefully made, these products were shown
in a number of rooms that, incidentally,
sounded slightly more neutral and evenly
balanced. Moreover, they were hardly
intrusive ala the moniker transparent
Media Systems displayed a variety of
affordable products such as their highly
acclaimed DAC1 2-channel, 24-bit, 192kHz D
to A converters (starting at $1275.00).
Audio of Greece put on a great demonstration
once again this year that featured their
smaller Omicron loudspeakers. A long fan of
planar based designs, this Apogee look-alike
has been one of my favorites since it
launched back in '05 and boasts a wonderful
importer and music lover in Mike Kalellis whose located right
here in northern New Jersey. Electronics
included Pathos and ASR while the anonymous
equipment and isolation devices (?) looked
as if they were cut right from
the opportunity to hear the Gryphon Atlantis
loudspeaker ($30k) and was not disappointed.
A brainchild of designer Flemming E.
Rasmussen, this Danish 3-way design
employing dual mid and bass drivers was
fashioned more as a scaled-down
cut-off-at-the-knee version of their
humongous 8-foot tall and $250k Poseidon
reference loudspeaker. As a personal owner
and long time customer of Gryphon products,
namely the Mikado CD player, I get a little
sentimental about the sound (rather lack
thereof) these electronics produce.
Yep, it's a
single drive CD player built in three
separate forms from solid block aluminum.
Italian manufacturer RISE (the same folks
who design the Labor Limae loudspeakers)
gave quite a showing here using their
cherry-red Cableless interconnects no less.
Using the highly touted Philips CD Pro 2
transport and built only upon request, I was
afraid to ask "how much?"
preamplifier (left) and RISE amplifiers
(floor) graced the place while I just looked
on in amazement. Looking at all that cabling
gave me a sweet-tooth.