HE 2006

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Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
David Wilson remarked that he debuted the original Wilson WATT (Wilson Audio Tiny Transducer) almost 20 years ago to the day. Today, he showed us the WATT/Puppy 8 ($27,900/pair). Wilson, as always, a polished presenter, also noted that it was appropriate for him to give the new speaker its premier in a city noted for producing sequels, although he promised that, unlike Hollywood sequels, the WATT/Puppies have gotten better with each new chapter.
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  3 comments
Onkyo held a press conference that really made us smile. It was all about stereo.
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Onkyo teamed up with guitar manufacturer Takemine to produce a loudspeaker that sings like a musical instrument. Takemine's acoustic voicing technology, combined with Onkyo's innovation in driver design, made our LAGQ Spin sound vibrantly alive.
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  1 comments
No, that's not a hearing aid growing out of Michael Fremer's pinna—he's the official HE2006 spokesperson, so he has to keep his phone on 24/7. HE says he hasn't heard any truly balanced stereo soundstaging yet, for some reason.
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Stereophile's music editor Robert Baird, caught in the middle of his Garrison Keillor impersonation.
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
John Atkinson and Jonathan Scull handicap this year's F1 season. You didn't think they were this animated about audio, did you?
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Wasn't she just in the background of John and Stephen's picture? We posed her next to the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's Spin and she really lit up. It's an impressive sounding SACD—and the group is playing at HE2006 tomorrow. Did I mention the concert was free?
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  2 comments
Stephen Mejias and John Atkinson take a few minutes in the hall to catch up on the day's events. That's Telarc's Amanda Sweet in the background.
Jon Iverson  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Close up of the PLC•1 preamp (top) and one of the D•400 monoblocks.
Jon Iverson  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  1 comments
California manufacturer Channel Islands Audio brought two new products to the show: the $895 PLC•1 passive preamp with remote and the $4,500/pr D•400 class-D power amps. Also in the room were the Von Schweikert Audio VR-5SE speakers ($18-22k depending on finish). Sound in the modest hotel room was surprisingly spacious and well-balanced. Left to right in the photo: Albert Von Schweikert, CIA's Dusty Vawter and Greg Schug.
Jon Iverson  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Lipinski Sound's Scott Levitin (left) and Lukas Lipinski
Jon Iverson  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
Speaker manufacturer Lipinski Sound was on hand with their surround demo and a new product: The 3601 Powered Stand. Each 3601 sports a two channel amp that can be bridged to be used as a 600 watt monoblock, or set to biamp either a 505 or 707 speaker. Lukas Lipinski says that the powered stands can also be used with other speakers, and have been referenced against other well-known amps. Price is $2,595 each. A quick demo with several types of music proved impressive, even in the confines of a hotel room.
Jon Iverson  |  May 31, 2006  |  0 comments
Here's a shot of the registration booth which will greet visitors as they enter the hotel. Registration is available at the show, and attendees can buy tickets for the special events here as well.
Jon Iverson  |  May 31, 2006  |  0 comments
The day before the show and the vendors are busy setting up. Here's a shot of Music Direct's Michael Grantham and Mobile Fidelity's Coleman Brice unpacking boxes full of discs both analog and digital.
Jon Iverson  |  May 31, 2006  |  4 comments
Since we're spread around the country, the only time we meet in person is usually at a show. Hanging out by the Sheraton's pool are Jason, John and Jon.