These guys must have read
my mind with respect to the above caption because that's precisely what I was
thinking leaving this very setup. This gargantuan
setup left me wondering "why all the fuss."
Somebody spent too much time on signage and
not on sonics. And trust me, I've heard these
very same Avant-gardes sound remarkable at
Glenn Poor: Chicago - the Windy City's unique high-end
Emille Labs of
Korea really dazzled the eyes with their
beautifully sculptured brand of tube
electronics. Shown here are the KM-120
integrated mono-block (120-watt per using
6550 tubes), which uses independent volume,
input and balance adjustments for each
channel and come with no remote control (so
get ready for some serious exercise). The UK
derived Revolver Cygnis 3-way loudspeaker
kept my feet tapping throughout my multiple
visits here (a pair of Marten Design
Coltrane loudspeakers were conspicuous but
got little play when I visited).
Got a chance to
briefly hear Snell Acoustics' new reference
A7 loudspeakers ($30k) designed by Joe
D’Appolito (above photo). Driven with all
Marantz gear, the overall rightness in voice
articulation, vertical dispersion, and
low-end control was quite impressive.
"I Believe In Miracles....Where You From
You Sexy Thang?"
rather smitten by the styling, build quality and
sonic performance coming from Greek
manufacturer Mythos Audio and their Olon
loudspeakers (price to be announced). Using
the very popular Vitus electronics
throughout, the immense sonic qualities of
this setup kept Carlos Sanchez and I under
its hypnotic spell for very long stretches.
We both concluded this setup as easily among
the best sounding rooms we visited.