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CES 2000

Herron Audio

  One of the rooms offering incredibly sound was from Herron Audio. Using their VTPH-1MC phono stage, VTST-1 preamplifier and M150mono blocks, Miles Davis Kind of Blue was sounding enormously rich and captivating. In fact it was so good it made me want to forget about equipment for the rest of the day and simply enjoy the music. Need i say more?

 

Hovland HP-100

Another year, another chance for me to salivate all over the Hovland HP-100 ($4,495, phono stage adds $850) preamplifier. It is not as though i have been asking to review this unit for, oh, about three years now and they used the "P" word to me (as in Promise). Well, they said the squeaky wheel gets the grease so i am going to harass Hovland online within these pages as much as possible until one arrives at my door for review.  Hmmm, how many ways can i make fun of Alex Crespi, their representative? Ohhh, you will just have to wait and see.  Maybe i should call him a smart Alex? Or a nickname such as Alex the phall...

 

We will huff, and puff and have this woofer blow your house in. From Huff Loudspeaker Company comes the exotic System Three Omni ($12,450). Using a unique 360 degree dispersion, their speakers produce an amazingly wide and deep soundscape. As for bass, the round unit you see behind the stand-mounted satellite was majestically producing some impressive lower frequency support! They claim in-room frequency response to below 20 Hz and i believe it.

 

Jimmy D. Lane (right) and Jimmy Lee Robinson

At the Acoustic Sounds booth was none other than the great blues axe man Jimmy D. Lane (right) digging the live tunes by Jimmy Lee Robinson. Acoustic Sounds really knows how to offer great music to music lovers all around the world. In fact they just produced their very first DVD!

From none other than the living legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards (above left) comes his new 24-bit/96 kHz DVD. This DVD shows live footage of Honeyboy in the studio as the DVD was being recorded! A must have for anyone who loves jazz, blues and legendary music.

 

Marchand Electronics 4-way tube crossover XM126-4

Marchand Electronics were showing their 4-way tube electronic crossover XM126-4 ($3,495). In fact Enjoy the Music's own Bill Gaw uses their electronic crossover to good effect! A great product for those looking for an tube-based electronic crossover.

 

Oracle Integrated Amplifier 1.5si

Continuing in their traditions of offering extremely high quality products with ultra-high tolerance construction techniques is none other than Oracle. Their popular turntable and CD unit are now joined by a matching 150 watt per channel integrated solid-state amplifier! The Oracle Integrated Amplifier 1.5si ($10,000) has five unbalanced inputs (RCA), one unbalanced input (XLR) and a tape loop. Frequency response is claimed as being an outstanding 10 Hz to 200 kHz +-3db! The dampening factor is rated at greater than 400! Interchannel crosstalk is a very impressive 95 db while THD is les than 0.1%. This entire package weighs in at 100 lbs.

 

 

Perpetual Technologies P-1A

Newcomer Perpetual Technologies innovative P-1A. This inexpensive DSP-based unit is for correcting the detrimental room acoustics we virtually all deal with each and every day. It can take your CD transport's 44.1 digital signal and upsample it to output full 24-bit/96kHz resolution through a digital-to-digital conversion process! Suggested prices you ask? Only $950 for the standard P-1A, $399 for the speaker only software upgrade, $699 for the Room Upgrade Kit. Also new is their P-3A Digital-to-Analog Converter with 24/96 to 24 /192 plus DSD compatibility for $599.

 

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