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Larry Archibald
Larry Archibald

 

Gary Shapiro
Gary Shapiro

 

Andy Regan
Andy Regan

 

In an event that i can only describe as amazing, the President of the Electronics Industry, Gary Shapiro, gave a speech about how the high-performance audio will greatly help the public in the upcoming transition to a more digital age.  Gary asked all of us to help out by doing and/or realizing the following:

1) Focus on home theater (1 in 7 homes in the USA have a H.T. system).
2) Experience matters (share our joy our experiences)
3) Prosper from HDTV
4) Broaden the audience
5) Data delivers
6) Computers count (over 15,000,000 people enjoy music with their computer)
7) Pay attention to policy (referring to the US Government)
8) Digital Radio (69% of DDS owners listen to about 10.5 hours of music w/DDS)
9) Trade shows make a difference
10) Get involved.

Let's face the facts.   The internet is vastly changing the way we all live.  As the bandwidth greatens and modems get faster, many music labels will be selling more and more music through the internet while sites such as mine will be able to deliver higher quality streaming music for free!  Will all this one day equal high-performance?  Yes in my humble opinion.  One day it will.  Right now we are all seeing the very beginnings of what will one day be a very mature and seamless digital society.  Ok, i love my vinyl, yes, yet if we just take a look at what is capable today with very high quality digital technologies, imagine what will be possible just ten year from now let alone 20 years from today.

 

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Welcome to the "Stuff" page.  First up is a big panorama of a "premiere" room.   Here's a room which has about $200,000 of yummies!  When you first go up the escalator here at Hi-Fi '98, the very first room virtually right in front of you is this one.  What's here are none other then the Martin Logan Statement speakers which are 15" wide and 5' 8" high!  These use the famous CLS curvilinear electrostatic panel for the highs which operate from 200-20,000 Hz while 7" dynamic cone midranges operate from 60-200 Hz.  Then we have the sub-bass towers (heh heh).   Though not seen in the panorama, each tower (two per stereo system) incorporates eight 12" drivers.  Needless to say if you have a hunger for bass, this system can easily accommodate.  An active, adjustable crossover called the EOS™ is also included.  The speakers will set ya back a mere $70,000.  As for the amplifiers to run these very large speakers, they were using no less then three pairs of VTL Woton amplifier (total cost $27,500).  For preamplifier duties is the VTL TL5.5 line unit ($2,950).  For front-end duties are the new Wadia 270 transport ($7,450) and the Wadia 27i DAC ($8,950).  The 27i comes standard with output resolution claimed at 22-bit/48kHz though they are planning on offering a 2 chip upgrade to 24-bit/96kHz when more software and demand is achieved.  $22,000 of Cardas wire was also used in this full blow system de jour.  The sponsor of this room is Christopher Hansen 2 Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

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