Aspects of Avalon
The speakers from Colorado-based Avalon Acoustics have either featured conventional, rectangular boxes (in the less-expensive NP series, like the Evolution 2.0 I reviewed last July) or the unique, multifaceted enclosures that I first saw in 1990's Eclipse, which are used in the cost-no-object designs like the Indra.
The 2009 CES witness a third type, in the form of the Aspect ($8495/pair). A conventional enclosure is slung between two slanted sidecheeks that also act as the stand. The top panerl is an artificial granite slab that helps mass damp the box. The Aspect marries Avalon's proprietary composite-dome tweeter with two 7" Nomex/Kevlar-coned woofers and frequency range is specified as 28Hzk25kHz.
The system used to dem the Aspects included Audio Research CD player and amplifiication, Cardas cable, and Harmonic Resolution SXR racks and stands. The room was not idealAvalon's Gary Mulder had attempted to tame the acoustics with many absorbersbut the sound was promising.