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i think implementing a few basic vendor rules regarding demos would go a long way with attendance
or perhaps Axpona...
Hi Ted, Good read thanks... Please do let us know what you think about the Double Bass after you get a chance to hear them.. I was rather impressed with them at the show, but can't find anyone else who heard them, or are commenting about them... Thanks again!
Hi Ted -- I enjoyed meeting you in the TAD room & agree it sounded awesome! Only wish I had gotten to meet Andrew Jones. Like you, I was also impressed by the big Wilson Alexandria and Scaena rooms at the Hyatt. Also high on my list were the smaller Emerald Physics, Soundlabs and Von Gaylord rooms. Give me a buzz so we can get together to compare notes!
One aspect that I haven’t seen widely published is, frankly, my number one headline from the Show….and that is, the precipitous drop in attendance. Some exhibitors said they felt it was nearly a 50% drop.
Interesting thing about the Scaena room. I'd heard Scaenas in the past and was always mightily impressed with what they do. No, they are not absolute perfection but they do so many things so well. I stepped into their room at around 3:00 on Sunday and was... underwhelmed. They didn't have that glorious, organic yet clear super dynamic sound that I was used to. They actually sounded a bit flat and grainy. About 20 minutes in a friend of Alan and Sonny walks in and says "they're available". Sonny walks out and helps drag in a pair of prototype Triode monoblocks from I can't remember who. But it was accompanied by (I think) a German fellow who seemed to have something to do with them. It was at that point I saw the Scaenas had been getting driven by an ARC 75 Wpc amp. I wondered.The new Triodes were single ended only, and there was a warning there could be some ground hum. Sure enough when the system was flipped back on there was hum, but we all talked briefly and we were interested in hearing these new jobs even with the hum. Alan, in particular, encouraged the test. Since the last track we had played previously was "good old" Autumn Leaves, we played it again. The difference was astounding. These 40 Wpc monos brought the Scaenas to life - hum be damned. Clear, smooth, dynamic, soundstage to beat the band... everything you could want or expect. When the track was over a few people got up and clapped! I made the mistake of yelling out (yes, I was caught up in it) that crap ARC amp should have never been hooked up to those speakers. Little did I know at the time Sonny himself uses Scaenas with an ARC amp. I'm only a little sorry I said it, but the improvement was so obvious it wasn't funny. We listened for close to another hour, way past closing time for the show.Yes, I will retract my insult here, knowing that in objective terms the ARC is considered a darn good amp, but it should have never been used with those Scaenas. What we heard was the definition of synergy. Frankly IMO anyone who heard the Scaenas with that ARC amp missed hearing the real deal.
Those SET's were the Arte Forma Due Volte monoblocks that they stole from our room. While Scaena was using them, we ran the Nimbus on a 3.5wpc 2A3 integrated amp, and they filled the room pretty easily.
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