It is the day before the show
officially begins, yet we already offer a glimpse at over 100 different
products! Below are some very cool products! Many of which have never been
seen anywhere else!
Kronzilla Front View
Kronzilla Top View
While just falling short of unofficially calling this the
Harley Davidson of amplifiers, the new Kron Kronzilla uses a special tube specifically designed
only for this amplifier. Specifically, it is a double vacuum transducer which outputs
approximately 400 watts per channel with normal music playing. RMS would be 80 wpc.
according to Dr. Kron. As with other Kron amplifiers, this is a single-ended zero feedback pure class A
amplifier. No MSRP given and no claims to offering it in a Fat Boy or Chopper
The preamplifier Model 3 is a solid-state preamplifier with wireless remote. Uniquely,
the remote also includes control for phase inverting while MC/MM phono input
and three line-level inputs are provided for. MSRP is said to be around $7,000.
By the way, this unit also offers a fully independent amplifier for headphones.
Strange.... and all solid-state design from Kron.
47 Labs is showing their very unique CD transport. The Pitracer ($25,000)
is a totally unique design whose top piece moved while the CD remains spinning
on the lower portion. The CD is upside down and the entire laser and
supporting circuitry is contained on the top piece. Only the motor is on the bottom piece.
As a CD is playing the top section rides on the "sled" located at
the far right and left of the unit. As for 47 Labs wonderfully creative
loudspeakers, the above is claimed to be a dipole with panel as a driver. Basically what it
consists of is two magnets. One front mounted, the other rear-mounted. In-between
these front and rear pieces is a voice coil. With the speaker output hooked into the rear
magnet structure, the electrical current "drives" the wood panel due to this
unique "voice coil sandwich". This is their prototype 2 and 47 labs
fully admits that this design still could use some fine-tuning.
T.H.E. SHOW attendees have a chance to win these beautiful
blue Avantgarde Uno speakers! While our recent
review of the Unos and their earning one of our
awards, it looks like one very lucky person will be going home with
a very big smile on their face. Within the Avantgarde Acoustic room were the
new Wavelength Audio Triton Signature monoblocks.
The Triton Signature uses the Western Electric WE300B for
output and the popular Sylvania 5AR4 for rectification. The driver consists of
the very expensive WE437A tube. Also being used within the Avantgarde
Acoustic's system are the new BAT D5SE CD player and BK50SE preamplifier.
Madonna at the Hard Rock...
or at least her clothes are!
Evett and Shaw are here too!
Inside the Lehmann Audio room is their DAC+ (top), Audio
Matiere Accordance EL34-based amplifier (middle black unit) and Tice power
unit. The speakers seen above are very unique Sehring Audio Systems units. You
can buy the basic minimonitors for only $1,700 and progressively upgrade them
until they are $9,500 per pair full-range, self-powered loudspeakers.
The Kharma Exquisite Reference 1B ($64,599) as seen above is a new version of their
well regarded 1A. The new 1B offers an improved crossover section. Optional
Kharma speaker cable ($8,000 2-meter length.) are suggested. The
purpose-built stands ($5,400) are optional, and suggested, as well.
Most stupid sign award
goes to the CES for the above work of art.
The Loreley loudspeaker ($90,000 in high gloss finish) uses the German Physiks DDD bending wave
converter for optimal music reproduction capabilities according to their representatives. They weigh in
at 1000 lbs. per channel! Bring ALL your friends for this installation. All newly
designed drivers with three-layer magnet structure is claimed to handle peak 1,800 watt, 1,000 rms.
Therefore, due to multiple drivers, the entire system is capable of handling 4,800 watt
RMS and 8,800 peak! Frequency response is said to be 16 Hz up to 19,000. The
Loreley includes a two-way active crossover with the crossover point set at 200 Hz.
Speakerart (see above) loudspeakers is $10,000 and includes a unique series
crossover, specially made tweeter and Kevlar woofer. The cabinet is made from a composite material
which makes each unit weigh in at about 100 lbs!
Silverline Speakers in the above photo are the, from left to
right, Sonatina in rosewood ($3,800) consists of a 3-way 1" soft dome tweeter, 2" soft dome mid and two 6" woofer. Sensitivity 93dB/W/m. Next in Birds Eye Maple is the Sonata ($5,500) that uses a four-way, four-chamber design. Minimonitors on
table are the SR12 ($1,000) which use the same 1" tweeter and 4.5" woofer.
This is a rear ported design and all Silverline speakers are bi-wireable.