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Fred Manteghian Posted: May 12, 2007 0 comments

The distributor for a new (to the USA) Swedish speaker resorted to the dirtiest of tricks to get us into their room – free Swedish food. I didn't know Edamame and asparagus were Swedish, but I guess the meatballs were all gone. I grabbed a few veggies and sat down to listen. The $1,850 GURU QM10 loudspeakers from Sjfn HiFi were pumping out a lot of bass heavy music without the assist of a subwoofer. Unfortunately, the first cut was something that sounded like Yello meets the Greater Wagnerian Society of Skinheads.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 12, 2007 1 comments

I spent some time in the Lipinski / JVC room. Lukas Lipinski showed us a more stylized version of the L-707 speakers on custom stands that include stereo amps (either bridged and biwired or not-bridged and biamped – we're still a little confused). Tom Norton goes into more detail in his coverage below, so I won't repeat it here. Suffice to say, the sound from these speakers was, once again, very good, if a bit too loud.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments

Try as I might, I was unable to get the built-in ashtray on this HP laptop to flip open.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments

This new Krell speaker continues the tradition of machined aluminum cabinets, but uses a new 6-1/2" midrange with an aluminum cone. As the name implies, the midrange / tweeter and woofer sections are separate. Not shown are the cables connecting the two modules. The three 8" ScanSpeak woofers are also new, but the 1" tweeter is the same as that in the Krell LAT-1000 speaker. Not yet available, but estimated to sell for $35,000 / pair, these expensive speakers had no trouble filling a large room driven by Nordest cable and a pair of Krell Evolution 600 monoblock amps.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments

It's not new, but it's still sexy. The two chassis Evolution One power amp can muster 1,800 watts of Class A power into 2 ohms. $50,000 / pair. To me, the retro look has me thinking of the dashboard of classic Fifties American car.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments

No trip to an audio / video show is complete without a $10 massage. Thanks Philip Craig of Louis Harrison Chair Massage. It's just what the needle doctor ordered.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments

The soothing sounds of Frank Sinatra singing "What's New" (CD, originally a Capitol Records recording) were a welcome treat in the BAT / Wilson room. A pair of Watt Puppy 8 speakers sounded as smooth and inviting as the pair I heard in Denver last September, telling me the new, kindler, gentler Wilson wasn't a figment of my imagination. The BAT Rex preamp uses 18 tubes and fed dual 150SE tube monoblocks. Jeff Pour of Balanced Audio Technology turned off the house lights so we couldn't leave.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments

Outlaw has a new LCR speaker in development. Using the ubiquitous two-woof one-tweet arrangement found on many affordable designs, this new LCR comes with a twist. There are two crossovers in the box, one optimized for a vertical left / right stance, the other for a center channel stance. The latter minimizes comb filtering, the bane of horizontal arrayed two way center channels. The switch to "switch" between the two crossover is on the back.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments

Murphy's got this law, see? When you only have one working prototype of your new product, but you go ahead and set yourself to be the first press event for a room full of just fed journalists who are eager to hear or see something exciting, well then, you can rest assured knowing your prototype will crap out. That's what happened at 10 AM when the ZVOX 450 ZBIT the ZDUST just before the press arrived. Someone said it was a Bill Gates moment.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments

I've got to hand it to <a href="http://www.nicollpr.com/" target="new">Nicoll Public Relations</a>. Not only do they represent a lot of our favorite manufacturers, like Meridian, B&W, and Silicon Optix, they're also responsible for supporting the press during our Home Entertainment shows, and YES, that basically means feeding us.

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