HE 2006

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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.
Fred Manteghian  |  Jun 03, 2006  |  First Published: Jun 04, 2006  |  2 comments
Dr. John brought down the house Saturday night at HE 2006, where the crowd brought him back for an encore.
Jon Iverson  |  Jun 03, 2006  |  0 comments
Music Hall's Roy Hall and Leland Leard flank the new Shanling integrated amp that Robert Deutsch describes below.
Jon Iverson  |  May 31, 2006  |  0 comments
It's the day before HE 2006 opens (for the press on Thursday - the public show opens Friday), and the weather could not be nicer. Here's a shot of the hotel from across the parking lot.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jun 02, 2006  |  0 comments
Stereophile Assistant Editor/Master Blogger Stephen Mejias (left) and the magazine's self-described "Web Monkey" Jon Iverson (right) seem to be enjoying themselves at the Show.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jun 01, 2006  |  0 comments
I've never owned a set of headphones. Is that what they're called? Or should it be pair of headphones? Headphones? Earphones? I don't even know. I've stayed away from headphones for a couple of reasons: I don't like having things on my head or in my ears, and I actually do enjoy hearing the sounds around me — the banjos on the F train, the buses on Madison Avenue, the sirens around the corner, the construction in our hall. Oh, and the birdies chirping, too.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 04, 2006  |  0 comments
In the Simaudio/Dynaudio room, the sheer size and weight of the bass commanded equal respect. This was some of the finest low bass extension I have so far encountered at the show. (The bass impact of the new Wilson Watt/Puppy8s also deserves mention). Imagine my surprise when, after my audition, Simaudio’s Costa Kouliisakis told me that he had not yet succeeded in getting the room to deliver all of the deep bass extension the equipment was capable of producing.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jun 04, 2006  |  2 comments
The Immedia room proved an isle of sanity amidst the clamor. As I entered, the folks were playing Analogue Productions’ HQ-180 pressing of Chet. Heard through Joachim Gerhard’s somewhat diminutive, 90 lb Sonics Allegria speakers ($15,000/pair, shown above with Immedia’s Allen Perkins), the trumpet sounded far bigger and lifelike than speakers this size “should” make it sound. Equally impressive were the amazing depth, height, and width of the soundstage. No small part of the credit is due Perkins’ Spiral Groove SGI turntable ($20,000), Immedia RPM tonearm ($2995), Lyra Skala cartridge ($2500, a replacement for Lyra’s Helicon), the Lyra Connoisseur 4-2LSE preamp ($25,000), and Ayre V5XE 150 Wpc amp ($4500).
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 03, 2006  |  1 comments
Here's another shot of the Ask The Editors seminar, this time from the audience.
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.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jun 02, 2006  |  5 comments
Those who’ve admired the sound of the speakers from TAD, but could not get past the prices, will be interested in the new line from Pioneer, which use trickle-down versions of the TAD drivers and cabinets just slightly less elaborate in resonance-damping characteristics, and much lower prices ($6000 for the S-1EX pair on demo). Designer Andrew Jones is obviously pleased by the sound, as well he might be.
John Atkinson  |  Jun 04, 2006  |  0 comments
For the fourth year in a row, the Home Entertainment Show was the venue for a raffle organized by analog specialty distributor Musical Surroundings. Shown here with the grand prize, a Pathos Classic One integrated amplifier is winner Stanley Moore (center), with Musical Surroundings' Garth Leerer (left) and Stereophile's Michael Fremer, who pulled the winning entries from a box in the time-honored, double-blind manner. Our congratulations to all the winners.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Leland Leard of Music Hall is a pair of spectacles the color of Jenny Lewis' dress. My eyes grew large and happy when I saw the Watson Twins vinyl propped up beside White Stripes and Gnarls Barkley discs.
Wes Phillips  |  Jun 06, 2006  |  3 comments
I joke sometimes at Home Entertainment Shows, as I regard the crowds jostling one another to enter rooms, paw through bins of records, or get the good seats at the musical events, that "these are my people." The thing is, it's true. I do the same things.