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KEF’s Blade Redux
By John Atkinson Posted: Jan 16, 2013
In a large, acoustically untreated basement room at the Flamingo, KEF's "Brand Ambassador" Johann Coorg, was getting superb sound from the same orange pair of Blade speakers ($30,000/pair) that he had demmed at last October's RMAF. Again using Parasound Halo preamp and monoblock power amps, Johann was playing files from J River Media Center running in a Windows environment on his MacBook Pro, courtesy of Parallels, to feed a Parasound ZDAC. (That way, he could use the Mac's native USB2.0 driver.) Cabling was all WireWorld and AC was conditioned with a Torus transformer.
Coorg, ever the showman, chose great dem tracks, at one point even playing a Björk MP3 (320kpbs) from his server back home in the UK courtesy of the Flamingo's fat WiFi pipe.