Rosso Fiorentino Siena
Pride of place in the Avatar Acoustics room at the Venetian went to the four-way Siena speakers ($24,995/pair) from Italian manufacturer Rosso Fiorentino. The designer teaches electroacoustics in Florence, but is a graduate from the University of Salford in the UK. A pair of aluminum-cone 8" woofers in a separate sealed enclosure are combined with a 6.5" paper-cone midrange unit (a ScanSpeak Revelator), a 1" silk-dome tweeter, and what appeared to be a Murata "ultrasonic generator," to give a specified response of 35Hz100kHz, 3dB.
The Siennas were demmed in a system comprising Dr. Feikert turntable and tonearm, Abbingdon Music Research CD player, phono preamp, and integrated amplifier, with Acoustic System racks and cables, but I will hand over to Jason Serinus for some additional thoughts:
Jason Victor Serinus comments: Hidden behind his equipment stack, and put to good use, Darren Censullo of Avatar Acoustics was concealing the Avatar Acoustics Mach 4 power distributor ($1995). The four-outlet unit, housed in a lacquered cherry wood enclosure, comes complete with a captive ASI power cord hard-wired into a configuration of four Avatar Acoustics Afterburner 8 outlets.
The unit offers neither filtration nor surge protection. “It’s as purist as you can be,” said Censullo. “It transmits power directly to gear when you don’t have enough outlets in the wall. My design objective was to have equipment sound the same as if plugged directly into the wall.”
Censullo does not believe in power conditioning. “I never use power filters, because the products I work with don’t need conditioners,” he declared in summation.