First of all as I am the owner of the Pan speakers any thought or review by me would be swayed or unduly influenced.
Now that I got that out of the way, The Pans were Very Impressive
Every body in attendance enjoyed them and would consider a product from Lou's line of speakers.
As Lou had pointed out to me at time of purchase that I would enjoy listening more if I invested in a woofer or as he calls it a "Base Optimized sound reproduction cabinet."
I am newer to membership of the audiophile equipment world and I think it was Lou that mentioned I could win the worst IC cable collection. Lou was kind enough to send me a pair of the WyWires Blue i.c.'s that we used along with a whole slew of cables and a Uberbuss. All of the power was run through a New Furman Elite 20 PFi I decided to purchase from Lou as the equipment brought by the Ashland group was impressive and I simply needed it. And don't let me forget Michael from Corvallis and his donation of equipment.
We did fix some Pork and Salmon to munch on along with the lastof my two- year old Abyss from Deschutes Brewing.
I ask that the participants add some of the particulars of the contributed equipment as I am sure I won't get them all listed.
Audion Black Shadow 845 Monblocks
Audion DAC? (Ern Dog)
Daedalus Pan Speakers using Boulder Daedalus Audio Cables
Furman Elite 20PFI
Sabon Gran Coronas Power Cables
Audioquest Grand Carbon USB
Audioquest Ethernet Cable
Running Springs Haley Power didn't make it out of the box I think
Triode Wire Labs speaker cables
WyWires Blue RCA ic's
And Some DIY Satori driver Monitors (While a work in Progress Michael brought them along to ask what he got wrong. While he admits he isn't a wood worker we were all impressed with the sound. Especially the bass, exceeded the Pans)
I won't even go into the Music for the day as it was vast and varied and I see some new purchases in my future.
My Impressions on the Sound:
What can I say about the Black Shadows. Warm, embracing and a great sound stage.
The AVA set up came closer to MY PERSONAL daily listening I do believe. A little more punch and crispness.
The People that spent the day also made thisa far more enjoyable experience..
Thank you Sue(Wife) Ernie (the instigator) Scott (the driver) Gary (the wisdom) Michael ( the other newbie)
And a VEREY SPECAIL THANKS to the maker of the 3# plastic tub of dry wall compound that was needed to hold up those big fancy power cords.