At the Sands

To be honest, I didn't give it much of a chance. I mean, especially after Jim Thiel's captivating presentation on the new CS3.7, the Philips press conference seemed like so much noise and swirling lights and fake boobs.

Can I say "fake boobs" in a show report?

Anyhoo, Thiel's newest model features a midrange driver which is said to achieve some seriously realistic tonal character. Jim Thiel worked this out not by utilizing any fancy-schmancy materials — beryllium, for instance — but by going old-skool, geometry style.

It's ribbed, for your pleasure.

"Formed into this shape," said Thiel, "it's ungodly strong."

Stiffer than stiff, if you know what I mean.

Bada-bing bada-boom. The hits just keep on coming.

I'm sure the other dudes will have more on this radical geometry. Including pictures! Stay tuned.