Sort By: Post Date | Title | Publish Date
Fred Manteghian Posted: May 13, 2007 0 comments

Krell employees, three of them, and practically in unison, insisted that the iPod's dock attachment offers balanced outputs. That's why they, Krell, king of balanced amplification, are offering the new Krell iPod Dock later this year. If you can't tell from the picture, there are separate bass, treble and volume controls on the front. I glimpsed out back and the KID offers both balanced (XLR) and single ended (RCA) outputs. Oh, yeah, it's expensive at $1,200, but if you're in love with your iPod as much as I am (and if you're transferring music from your CDs down at AAC's max 320 kbps rate you should be), this KID may be your ticket to better music.

Fred Manteghian Posted: May 12, 2007 Published: May 13, 2007 1 comments

The DCS Scarlatti CD player and Brinkman Balance turntable, arm and cartridge were a formidable front end in one of the Singer rooms. VTL's TL-6.5 tube preamp and TP-6.5 phonostage gently handed off the signal to a VTL Reference S-400 stereo tube amp. The big surprise for me was the speaker system at the end of this audio reproduction chain. Escalante Design's Fremont speaker had an unusual two toned finish that made me think palomino pony. The speaker was very boxy, very unconventional by modern aesthetics, but boy, this speaker was blessed with a beautiful tonal range with powerful but controlled bass. Big well designed tubes amps like the VTLs will do that.

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.


Enter your Sound & Vision username.
Enter the password that accompanies your username.