2002 CES Day Four
Legacy is working on a version that can be turned horizontally for center channel use below a plasma monitor or front projection screen. Like other Legacy products, the Harmony comes in a number of natural wood finishes, and four grille colors-black, white, ivory, and gray, stated vice president Bob Howard.
Bryston's partnership with British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has yielded some compelling designs. The cobalt blue AML1 is a two-way powered monitor, a version of which debuted at the Los Angeles Audio Engineering Society convention. The AML1 is compact but outputs prodigious bass. It's ideal for systems in small-to-medium rooms. PMC chose the 2002 CES to launch an unusual "audiophile sub-bass unit," the TLE1—a slim columnar transmission line subwoofer using two 6.5" drivers. A small footprint, a flat frequency response down to 22Hz, an internal 150-Watt amplifier, a variable roll-off, and continuously variable phase response make the TLE1 a versatile addition to any music or cinema system.
Bryston is venturing into the 7.1 channel field with its new SP 1.7 analog/digital preamp/processor. From mono to stereo to all surround formats, Bryston claims uncompromising purist performance. One unique (in our experience) aspect about the SP 1.7 is that each gold-plated input, whether single-ended or balanced, is buffered by its own line amplifier, a technique claimed to eliminate cross-talk, noise, and other forms of unwanted interaction. For home theaters where space is not a problem, Bryston has the new PowerPac 250, a mono version of the company's highly regarded 4B-ST.