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Was anybody able to check out the Scansonic line of speakers, particularly the MB 2.5's? Supposedly they're the more "affordable" version of Raidho Acoustics speakers.
The $3500 entry level floorstander? Attrociously bad. If not the box speaker then disregard.
Anyone that brings a new pair of speakers to a show without run in, has no one to blame but themselves for sound quality.
Kudos to vendors/distributors for greatly improving the overall sound at AXPONA from last year to this. Most vendors brought sanely-sized products that fit into the (small) spaces a lot better, both aesthetically and aurally.Standouts for me included:Gershman Acoustics (with Belles gear) who have a new speaker out. Lovely, almost petite form factor and beautiful, relaxing sound.AudioKinesis: Duke LeJeune has designed a real winner of a speaker in the new Zepherin 46. Great sound and terrifically balancedAudioNote: I don't always love these at shows, but they sounded quite nice today.Acoustic Zen Crescendos: heard some beguiling Sinatra and some Beatles track from a master tape. There are more bombastic speakers, but these are very musical.Golden Ears Triton: never heard these before but was impressed. Well integrated, cohesive sound. ATC: I'm more of a high-efficiency speaker guy, but I can see what ATC proponents are talking about.And the biggest surprise of the show for me: if you're going to AXPONA Sat/Sun, go into the basement and visit Napa Acoustics. They have a package deal on a Bluetooth-enabled DAC/integrated hybrid amp about as big as a lunch box and two small speakers about the size of a shoebox. The sound was STOOOOOPID good and my friend nearly fell out of his chair when the owner told us the combo was $599. This system was not the best sound of show, but for sub-$600 it was remarkably, memorably above its price-point. This is a killer deal for a small office or, say someone sending a kid off to college.Lest anyone think I am just easily pleased, I want to give the KEF LS50 special mention. Would someone please explain to me what's so great about these? This is the third time I have heard these and they do next-to-nothing for me. Sins of commission are what I hear from these "reviewers darlings". Apologies in advance if I offend anyone on AC who owns these.-dB (who had a very enjoyable day today at AXPONA)
+1 on #7. In terms of would I want that system in my dedicated room, the $599 Napa system was killer, and IMO bested many of the systems at the show. They had two speaker options there, the $599 system came with smaller speakers (about 8" x 4" x 5"), the $1999 system had larger speakers (largish stand-mount sized with a small subwoofer) that I didn't hear. This was almost the last stop we made and a wonderful surprise.
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