Home Entertainment 2002
Hi-Fi and Home Theater Event
In the FPS room was their F1 loudspeaker ($6,999 in piano gloss black, $6,499 in standard finish) that uses a very unique MCMA planar-wave dynamic flat panel transducer. Designed by Albert Von Schweikert, a special 1" super tweeter is mated with a 4" cone mid-bass driver. Twin 7" dynamic woofers produce bass down to 20Hz. Overall frequency response is 20Hz to 25kHz with a sensitivity of 92dB/W/m.
Gershman Acoustic Opera Sauvage floorstanding loudspeakers ($17,000) were mated with the Kora Cosmos Reference Monoblock amplifiers ($7,850). The Cosmos uses four 6AS7G output tubes to produce 100 watts per channel.
In the Royal Reference room was their new L'intergral Nouveau floorstanding loudspeaker ($6,900) uses a solid sculpted Corian front panel while their new Royal Virtuoso stand mounted loudspeaker
($4,000, seen below). Both model use an all-new, specially customized Seas 1" silk-dome tweeter that has a six-magnet design. Also new with the Reference line is that all drivers are anchored to the cabinet.
Rethm had their new Third Rhythm ($3,600) floorstanding single driver loudspeaker. The incredibly sculpted cabinet combines plastic with solid wood accents. Notice the cone,
below, has a main outer with small and then long whizzers.
In the Sanibel Sound room they were featuring an all DVD-Audio demonstration. With five Piega loudspeakers driven by Aloia amplifiers and a Meridian from end, it sounded quite nice indeed.
Jimmy Lee Robinson and Wildchild Butler concert
At the Red Trumpet booth they were featuring the Wally Skater ($95) and Wally Tractor ($95) for those looking to precisely setup their turntable's cartridge to the n'th degree. They also had the Wally VTA ($95). Musically, they have the 180 gram virgin vinyl reissue of Mott The Hoople
All The Young Dudes ($30) reissued by Absolute Analogue.
NXT technology at work for you today. Hot Air seems to make fun loudspeaker for good times. Brings new meaning to "Pass me a Budweiser dude".
Monster Cable had their new HTPS 7000 power filtering unit ($1,299). This balanced power unit has a microprocessor controlled circuitry and a front red LED meter for voltage readout and amperage draw. A 3145 joule rating for lightning and surges while a connection equipment guarantee is included.
Avid Turntable "Accutus" ($10,000).
In the Musical Surrounding room is the Aesthetix Rhea phono stage ($3,500) offersup to 70dB of gain with 12AX7 and 6922 tubes. Three phono inputs for those with multiple turntables who need three separate, completely different settings.
The Living Stereo room had a wonderful front end consisting of Metronome T-2A.5 transport ($8,850) and C-1A DAC ($4,750)hooked up to the conrad-johnson Art II pre-amplifier ($15,999) with Premiere 15 ($4,795).
In the Moon room was their Eclipse CD player ($5,295), Air FM tuner ($2,595), their new Nova CD player ($2,895) and P5 pre-amplifier ($3,995). The new Nova CD player i a 24-bit/96kHz unit featuring internal upsampling to 352.8kHz sampling rate, dual toroidal transformer power supply, hefty remote control and comes with a 10 year warranty.
Antique Sound Labs new Wave LI tubed pre-amplifier ($200) uses a 12AU7 and has three input capability.
Playing in the main music hall was The Atkinson (bass), Perkins (drums), Reina (piano), Stewart (sax) Quartet.
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