Wavac Tubes & Acappella Horns
"It's high-end with guilt," replied one of the exhibitors without missing a beat.
Clearly said individual was determined to heed only one part of the classic proclamation, "It's all about the music, stupid." The next several minutes were filled with loud, uninformed pronouncements about the sound of equipment the man could not possibly have heard over the din of his incessant blather.
As I've learned from attending countless shows, when someone begins to recite a loud, artless monologue with no regard for the individuals around them, those wishing to listen to music have no choice but to either leave or assert their presence. In this case, I did the honors, to the relief of several other audiophiles in the seats around me.
Once the air had cleared, I discovered one of the smoothest, most mellow midranges I have yet encountered at the show. One could easily fall in love with such a sound. Whether reproducing the sound of Chris Isaak or the Minnesota Orchestra, the midrange was extremely beautiful.
Distributor Brian Ackerman explained that while he usually faces the Acapellas straight ahead, he had toed this pair in to avoid wall reflections. I wonder how different this system might sound in a larger space that allows for optimal speaker placement.