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Its amazing that we equate things to certain level of 'whatever'....2. Digital - cold, harsh , on and off, bits so this equates to hard, harsh, solid state sound etc not so elegant....
...I could go on and on...and I am really laughing here...are we human beings so gullible??and yes I am human as well!!What a wonderful pastime!!All the best Alex
I really enjoyed these JBL's with the vertical midrange horn and the horizontal tweeter horn molded into the same subassembly. I was in here twice and the first time they were playing a Spanish Flamenco song and the heel pounding was very realistic. Almost scary realistic. Impressive amounts of bass as well. See woodsyi's feet? Yeah, but it doesn't look like he's doing the Flamenco stomp. Analog folks - how'd you miss this? Probably better question is how I found this. Did you and Laura fight for the same Lp?I thought these Audio Physics sounded very good for the money. I sat through 2 tunes cuz it was nice and I was tired. It was one of my favorite rooms also, very natural, tonally balanced and smooth ss sound.
I could be wrong but.......... aren't those PartsExpress enclosures?Not that there is something wrong with that (I am using them myself - curved).Mariusz
AudioKinesis/Neko AudioI figured no one else would take a shot of the side set up on Duke's new speaker so I snapped one. This was my first time hearing wave guide speakers, and I've got to say they were pretty good. Tone wise I think they matched anything I heard at the show. I wasn't getting great imaging, I think these guys need a bigger room. In fact I would love to hear them in a larger room.
The units woodsyi DIDN'T purchase from Bill. They are beautiful. Much more substantial in person than photos relay. A really nice sounding room although too dark to see anything in there guys.
Mariusz,You are at least partly correct, in that the production enclosures used for (the clue) are being sourced from the same supplier that builds the Parts Express boxes. They are substantially modified relative to the standard PE units, including additional measures to reduce acoustic radiation from the cabinet walls and internal standing waves, but share the same nice veneers and finish that we liked on the PE cabs. So, I think you should still qualify for your A.C 2010 Good Eye Award.Cheers, Jim Croft
Hi Tyson, just some thoughts on what was happening in the Daedelus room. First off, the MA-1s have no worries driving 5 or 6 ohms. The speaker/amp interface was not the issue. There was a ground loop in the crossover that took some doing to overcome, and on one of the evenings we had that sorted out.As far as I can tell, the big issue was that the MA-1s overloaded the Furman power conditioner in the room, and despite my insistence that they be plugged into the wall, it never happened. That's a lot of power to go through one power cord (running the entire system!) and one conditioner. We showed with Furman the first time they ever came to CES, and the guy wrote the book on what is important in power line conditioning when he worked at Fluke instruments (one of these days I will put his white paper on line...). Anyway, the MA-1s could not get decent power and they went right to sleep. I'd say over the last 6 months we spent more time and energy on this room than all of the rooms we have ever done at any show put together, and for naught. But the one thing it was **not** was a speaker/amp incompatibility. Anyone who does these shows a lot knows how important the setup is, and paying attention to important details. Unfortunately, I was not allowed the input that I would have liked to have in this room. So I agree with you on the results.
I went to the show in Montreal the last two years and my lasting impression was amazement at just how much of this incredibly expensive stuff didn't sound very good...
Hi Big Red, Sorry about the lighting but we usually lit the room based on what those sitting in the chairs wanted. There were many that commented that it was a very relaxing room with the lights down low and the music not so load as to run people out of the room. There were times when we had someone sitting and relaxing for a half an hour and then came back again later in the day. Then there was a younger couple that sat down an listened for about 15 minutes tapping their feet and hollding hand the whole time. I did get a little nervous considering we were in a hotel room.
For those that think it should be easy to place your reference home system in a strange hotel with hundreds of other compnents turned on the same power grid, needs to try it sometime. I went to about 25 CES shows in my lifetime, got a splitting headache every time. I guess I complained every time I went, also.I took my homre reference system, that I have spent months tweaking, not 24 hours or so, down to LSAF in May and was going to show up everyone. I just knew this was a going to be a piece of cake.Guess what? It wasn't. At home, I have an incredinle smoothness, soundstage, and depth. At the hotel it was harsh and pretty much a flat soundstage. I was embarrassed to let anyone in my room because of the bad sound. What a 180 degree turn-around.Finally, someone loaned me a battery supply and a much netter version of my amp and the sound started keying in. I was happy for people to hear my system again. But no matter what I tried, in that hotel suite, the system only sounded about 60% of what it actually sounds at my house.And that was a small show. On the hotel power grid you have your swimming pool, health spa, and all the other guests running their electric at the same time. Then at the bigger shows you have all the other companies running their equipment. Frankly, I now believe it is a miracle for any room and system that will sound good. High kudos for those that do.
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