Brian Kyle of
Xtreme Cables and AV was hanging out in the
Avatar Acoustics room proudly showing his
new series of Music Gun CD/LP demagnetizers
(prices starting at $239). Employing ample
amounts of Tourmaline beads which are said
to emit negative ions that claim positive
results. Hopefully, I'll get a sample to try
out and compare to other CD-based tweaks.
came from far and wide.
Though it may look alien in design, the very
unusual looking Viv Laboratory Evanui
Signature loudspeaker ($60k) is built in
Yokohama, Japan. Its rather unusual
enclosure tells only part of its story. The
Evanui Signature's wood cabinet "works as a
short back-loaded horn" says designer
Koichiro Akimoto. If that isn't odd enough,
the Evanui Signature's Floating Diaphragm
Mechanism or FDM technology uses a single
full-range evolutional 3" driver that bares
no rubber surround and diaphragm makes zero
contact with its 40 lbs. oval enclosure
(photo above left).
obviously the concept would be nothing more
than novel if the Evanui Signature didn't
produce. Surprisingly, I found myself
enjoying a very rich and pure sounding
presentation that was full-bodied as well.
In the end, I found myself forgetting about
outer space and alien life and enjoying the
Hinkley's Daedalus Audio Ulysses
loudspeakers ($11k) were shown in a couple
of setups, which is always good news. Shown
here strapped to set of Manley 250 monos
($9k), in a very spacious room provided an
immensely open and three-dimensional sound.
Once more this setup featured another
Squeeze box computer-based system that
sounded buttery smooth with great detail and
image specificity thanks in part to the Gill
Audio Design Elise D/A converter ($6k).
Cabling through and through was compliments
of Dynamic Design's affordable Lotus series.
based Clayton Audio also entertained us with
the introduction of their newest P1
preamplifier (price TBA) and a completely
revamped version of their S100 mono
amplifiers. The Daedalus Audio Ulysses
loudspeakers seemed to provide a very
inviting sound that made want to sit and
listen. I've always been a fan of Clayton
Audio products and this wonderful setup
served as a perfect argument for my
Dan Wright of Modwright Instruments Inc.
introduced a new family member in the KWA150
stereo amplifier ($6k). This fully balanced,
pure solid-state design and dual mono design
has a most impressive chassis. From the
short time spent in this room listening, the
sound was impressively detailed and yet
full-bodied too. Interestingly enough,
playback was by way of a fully modified Slim
Devices Transporter ($3800), which was being
fed FLAC files from a server via Ethernet
cabling. A fully modified Sony 9100ES CD
player that Wright dubbed "the Signature
Truth" employs an external tube-rectified
power supply ($3500). Loudspeakers were the
Studio Electric T3 ($7900 pair), while all
cabling throughout was by VooDoo.