Music Culture Technology Corporation
Music Culture Technology Corporation's Reference line has been designed and engineered by MBL's official engineers. Though not yet distributed in the US, the combination of MC's partnership with MBL and their components' arresting good looks drew me in for an extended listen. It was also a belated listen, but that had to do with the Hard Rock Café across the street from the St. Tropez, whose bass blasting from the rock video they project in their parking lot between 5pm and 10pm made listening to anything other than equally blaring rock music an absurdity. Call it high end trumped by high insult.
Now that I've got that off my chest, back to MC. A multinational corporation, with everyone in the room from Hong Kong, MC is currently distributed in Hong Kong, China, Thailand, and Singapore. Australia, the UK, and the USA are coming this year. (The company's CEO wants a dealer who specializes in audio as opposed to home theater.) Their RL 32 3½way, 4 ohm speaker ($32,000/pair) measure 87–88dB sensitivity, and extends from 20Hz to 50kHz. I was most impressed with the size of images, which grew to arresting proportions as the volume increased. While I thought the midrange a bit muffled, that may have had to do with the cabling. MC is definitely a company to watch out for.