It's Party Time at Christopher Hansen!

When I compiled the votes HI-FI '98 attendees had cast for "Best Sound at the Show," the ultimate winner was the room and system assembled by Los Angeles retailer Christopher Hansen 2---the latest Evolution 2 version of the mighty Martin-Logan Statement electrostatic speaker system, driven by multiple VTL Wotan two-chassis tube monoblocks. Cabling was Cardas Neutral Reference, and the digital front end was by Wadia---a 270 CD transport and the new 27i digital decoding computer---with some tonal shaping courtesy of a Z-Systems Transparent Tone Control. Component stands were from pARTicular.

On October 27, Christopher Hansen is having a champagne party to say "thank you" to all the Showgoers who voted for this system. His store is situated at 12401 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025, just west of Bundy Drive and the San Diego Freeway, and parking is available in the rear off Carmelina.

If you'd like to attend, RSVP to Christopher Hansen 2. Tel: (310) 826-8286. Fax: (310) 826-8577. E-mail: