Hi-Fi News 2000
In the Redgum room they were showing
off their complete system from loudspeakers to a unique Creative Labs computer
CD-Rom drive (£2,800, bottom unit) that in turn feeds their 20-bit/44.1kHz
DAC. The top unit is their dual mono preamplifier with their monoblock power amps
in the middle.
In the Quad room was their Quad II-forty valve amplifier. A classic!
Pictured below is the JA Mitchell Gyro SE turntable that was also in the Quad
The Renaissance Amplification room had their lovely RA-01
monoblock valve amplifiers (£5,995/pr) that produce 22 watts via a pair
of 300B valves operating in "Class A" operation. Black Gate electric
capacitors, Jensen paper and copper foil in oil capacitors, Nordost input
signal wire and Kiwame hand made carbon resistors are just a few examples of
the exotica used within the RA-01. Frequency response is claimed as 12Hz to
70kHz (+-3dB). Quite amazing!
American Acoustic Design (AAD) loudspeaker company's head
designer Phil Jones proudly stands next to their Q50 ($2,500 USD/pr). Some of
you may remember that Phil is the genius behind the early and critically
acclaimed worldwide Platinum Audio line. In fact we here at Enjoy the
Music.com™ also interviewed
Phil a few years back. AAD only use their in-house designed drivers. The
Q50 has two 12" side-firing woofers, two 6.5" carbon fibre midrange drivers and a 1" titanium dome tweeter. It also features a "dual alignment"
venting/porting system. These unique venting systems that are separate for either the woofers.
In appropriate audiophillia, they are also tri-wireable. Frequency response is
20Hz to 20kHz with a high 94dB/W/m @ 6 ohm sensitivity rating.
Seen here first: Pavaricini 312 Control
Centre ($10,000 USD) is EAR's first solid-state preamplifier product. The unit
is transformer coupled, fully balanced with four preamp inputs, one phono, and three balanced inputs and six outputs on RCA or XLR jacks
(!!!). The circuit uses just three transistors in single-ended configuration. The wickedly cool front meter displays the volume output.
Seeing it in person makes the above picture pale by comparison.
Seen above is the Silvernote RC1 turntable (£10,000) that is based
around the infamous Lyrec cutting lathe... yet belt driven. A direct drive version will be coming
soon according to the Silvernote representative! The platter weighs in at a
staggering 100 lbs. or so! The RC1 uses a DC motor and is seen here with a modified SME tonearm.
Seen here first: Seen here is Lorrane Knight with
Timerstage's Legend Marque equipment rack (£3,200). Timerstage has just launched their company
and now offers a large variety of stands for audio and video components. They also make various models in MDF (painted) wood
veneers as well.
VYGER turntable company, who we covered their Indian model in our recent
Milan Show report, were showcasing their Atlantis (40,000,000 Lira).
This turntable must be seem to be believed. Staggering!
Synthesis were showing new colors for the Nimis amplifier and
other components. You may remember Steven
R. Rochlin and Eli
Rochlin independently reviewed this cute Nimis amplifier recently. systems. Seen here is their orange colors.
Synthesis has begun offering new color-matched loudspeakers. Expect a review
shortly in our very own Review Magazine.
Rogue Audio is showing their Tempest integrated valve amplifier.
(£1,995 without remote control, £2,145 with remote). It produced 60 watts per channel, five inputs and two
pair of outputs. Output tubes are a pair of KT88 operating in push-pull configuration. In triode mode the Tempest produces 40 watts per channel.
Sudgen has an all new CD player called the Master Class (£2,500). It is
claimed to be 16-bit done "properly" according to their representative. It uses
what some consider the best sounding DAC chip. Specifically, the 4x oversampling via the Philips TDA1541 Crown DAK. It also uses the Philips 7220 filter.
The Master Class also has two digital inputs via BNC coax. Analogue output is
via female RCA and also balanced output via XLR.
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