Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson
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CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 12, 2007 1 comments
Anthony Gallo has long had a reputation for wresting top dollar performance from small packages, but we've always wondered if he secretly hankered to go big. Anthony Gallo Acoustics' $15,000/pair Reference 5LS certainly answered that question.
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 12, 2007 1 comments
We were once again impressed by how un-hi-fi the sound in the deHavilland room was, this time in conjunction with a pair of Tannoy Prestiges. The $10,000/pair 50W deHavilland GM-70 single-ended triode is pure class-A, with zero negative feedback. The GM-70's directly-heated triode vacuum tube is said to be the largest output triode available today. We found the sound sweet, but surprisingly detailed and dynamic. Fit'n'finish were superb.
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 12, 2007 3 comments
No, that's not another Vandersteen sock—it's the carbon fiber plinth of the Vandersteen 5As in Audio Research's room. "Richard [Vandersteen] isn't really offering the 5s in carbon fiber," Audio Research's Terry Dorn told us. "He just wanted to explore the material, so he did these."
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 12, 2007 3 comments
Many of the best-sounding rooms at the show employed Ayre's $16,500/pair 300W MX-R monoblock amplifiers. Yes, they look small enough to be class-D amplifiers, but they're pure analog. How'd they do it? The entire enclosure is the heatsink and Ayre's Charlie Hansen designed a special low-rise transformer, used in pairs, to keep the chassis so compact.
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
What's in a name? "It's a palindrome, sort of an anagram, and an ambigram," said Rob Darling. It's pronounced, "su loose," by the way.
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 12, 2007 1 comments
At CES 2006, Jon Iverson and I were impressed by Studio Electric's $8500 Type One modules, even though the mating $3500 XLR woofer modules weren't operating. This year Studio Electric was showing off a pair of the $15,500/pair Type Two towers, which were pure art deco chromed metal work.
CES 2008
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 07, 2008 0 comments
Sumiko's Norbert Schmied showed us their new upscale cartridge. "What's it called?"
CES 2008
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 07, 2008 7 comments
We ran into SinglePower Inc.'s Mikhail Rotenberg as he was sprinting down the hall to the Synergistic Research room. "Check these out," he said. "These are a 1932 Tung Argon 4327 and a 1943 722A (323), labeled Centennial, but manufactured by Western Electric."
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
You have to start somewhere, so Jon Iverson and I started with DLS from Sweden. "Are you guys new?" JI asked.
CES 2008
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 07, 2008 2 comments
"This," Quartet Marketing's Stirling Trayle proudly said, "is the T + A Music Player."
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