Here's photos of a system I heard
while attending the Denver Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
last year. This system is composed of famous Quad
electrostatic loudspeakers and Tact electronics.
This system reminds me in many ways of Ralph
Glasgal's Ambiophonic system here in NJ.
I enjoyed the workmanship that surrounded
making this room. This room was designed and built by the owner
with incredible craftsmanship considering all the walls are made
of acoustic treatments/paneling. In addition, the floor bass
busters were also designed by this individual (who prefers to
There's my man Buffer of Laufer Teknik who
accompanied me on this trip doing his usual in-depth examination
(autopsy is perhaps a better word).
The owner of this system is shown attempting
to explain the use of floor bass busters...
Using the entire rear wall as an enclosure,
three 12" woofers were installed at about 4' off the floor.
This, to me, looked very unusual and is the first time I've seen
anything quite like this.
Located in a closet and in the adjoining room
were four Tact S2150 amplifiers draped in a specially treated
paper that is aimed at reducing EMI/RFI.
A Windows based music server was used as a
Two Apogee Big Bens were used in conjunction
with two 2.2XPs. The Panasonic player was on hand to handle hi-rez
material if necessary.
Sound quality had to be among the most
disappointing this listener has heard in a high-end stereo based
home. The intense levels of noise and what sounded to me like,
digital distortions were so high, I never really got the chance
to close my eyes and have a listen. This constant assault on my
senses, sounding like the wrong digital algorithm had been
selected, ruined my chance to hear anything. I mentioned this
after no one else seemed to notice and was told everything had
been carefully selected and listened to before Buffer and I
arrived. Needless to say, to my complete surprise. I thought
this poor man, who had spent years getting this incredible room
to meet his needs, was incapable of hearing the faults that were
painfully obvious. In the end, I endured the rest of the evening
and just spent the time wondering how could someone as obviously
talented as this gentleman of man, not hear and even defend his
system despite the incredibly high levels of distortions I heard
immediately. So much so, I took these photos but promised to
never mention or share this experience publicly. To this day, I
still cringe when I look at these photos.