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The dichotomy existing between the first two posts within this thread brings home the glaring truth about the subjective nature of this hobby. This thread should be renamed "My Favorite System at the RMAF." Speakers are not an island unto themselves....just a window that lets music out...
Im running under the Electrostatics Blow ticket. See you all in November!I mean it but dont mean it if you know what i mean.Mike
Quote from: mcullinan on 15 Oct 2008, 06:38 pmIm running under the Electrostatics Blow ticket. See you all in November!I mean it but dont mean it if you know what i mean.Mike And you are an evil flip flopper Mike...
A lot of the Kaisers beauty was those big 50W 845 amps. I agree, it was a high point of the show. The RAAL tweeters have a lot of natural detail. The huge room had a lot of echo, but it flattered the system overall. I talked to the exhibitors after the demo, they are very smart, very nice guys. I hope they get some traction here in US. Robert Harley enjoyed it and I hope he mentions the exhibit in the mag.
In one huge room at Hyatt, I encountered a truly international effort. While some parts of this system are available in the US, others are not. Hence the prices in Euros.You know something is right when you play Mahler's Symphony No.2 through 50W Mastersound Finals 845 SET monoblocks (10,000 Euros) and not very large Kaiser Kawero 92dB-sensitive speakers ($50,000/pair) and experience an image of tremendous size and weight that effortlessly captures the essence of the symphonic experience. Much credit also goes to LessLoss products from Lithuania: the LessLoss Dynamic Filtering power cable ($750), Firewall ($4995), DAC 2004 MkII (2995 Euros) with volume control (495 Euros) slaved to a CEC TL-SAX transport. Let's not leave out the Echole Obsession RCA interconnect (3000 Euros/meter), Obsession speaker cable (5500 Euros/2 meter), and powercord (2500 Euros). For lovers of what I consider a classic SET sound, this system may very well inspire ecstasy.
Best sound of the show so far is the Kaiser speakers with Mastersound 845 Monoblock tube amps and CEC transport with LessLoss DAC 2004. The room was about 60x40 with 20 foot ceiling, so there was plenty of breathing room for sound expansion. As for the sound, nice smooth harmonics and frequency response from top to bottom and impressive soundscaping/imaging. Analog and loudspeaker cables were by Echole, with LessLoss Dynamic Filtering power cables and their Firewall Power Foundation.
The MartinLogan CLX.Wait, I took the wrong plane and went to Kansas! I thought the listening room was a little sparse.....
Hey can someone comment/ compare the Merlin VSM MXs and the Reference 3a Grand Veena. Id be curious to know if they are similiar or very different.
Hey can someone comment/ compare the Merlin VSM MXs and the Reference 3a Grand Veena. Id be curious to know if they are similiar or very different.MikeJeff Im sorry I insulted and generalized all elecrostats It was that time of month.
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