T.H.E. Show Newport
The Home Entertainment Show Report, Part
new Vortex Power Distributor ($1400 on up), according to the manufacturer, is
more about vibration control. This is said to be very important for top
performance and, thus, they chose a wood case for its inherent ability to
control unwanted resonances. The case is made from a carefully chosen
selection of 'tone woods'.
Essence of Music
is a digital optical disc cleaner and treatment system ($150 that treats about
350 discs). The benefits are said to improve the optics of the disc by
'birefringence' (by refraction) that can cause jitter, etc.
Speakers are designers of outdoor speakers in, what else a planter ($3500 per
pair). My wife Heather wants them... right
now. Yes dear. :) They do sound quite good and should fit
quite nicely within a stylish outdoor setting. You can enjoy our video
covering Planter Speakers during AXPONA at this link.
Zu Audio is
perhaps the coolest Retro Futuristic company with their Console 1 ($7800). Zu
integrates Bauhaus design philosophy, with the Console 1 having a pair of Zu's
Nanotech 10" full-range speaker. Zu's Submission subwoofer is mounted
into the bottom section to fill out the lowermost frequencies. Adding to this
special design is the floating top half via using magnetic levitation that aid
in minimizing unwanted vibrations from your chosen electronics stored within
the center cabinet section. You can enjoy our video
covering Zu Audio during AXPONA at this link.
Coltrane Tenor speakers ($85,000 per pair) have an ultra-wide frequency
response from 24 Hz to 100 kHz via a pair of 8" aluminum sandwich
woofers, 7" ceramic midrange and 0.75" diamond tweeter. This three
way design uses the company's newest bass units for tight, tuneful and full
sound. The elegant cabinets are made with specialized material and come
wrapped in your choice of Oak, Maple, Cherry, Walnut and Piano Black.
their new T2 Transmitter ($650) that uses 5GHz Wi-Fi to wirelessly transmit
24-bit/192kHz digital audio. The system only works with their brand of
amplification. Am sure they make high quality amplifiers, yet let us hope
they’ll open their currently closed-ended system and make just a
sender-receiver combo that will be usable with any system.
PX1 $58,000 is the world's first omni-directional electrostatic speaker. This
produces a full 360 soundscape surrounding you in musical pleasures. The use
three 21" ribbons that each create sound at a 120 degree angle. The
crossover is at 450 Hz where three aluminum cone 9" drivers mounted in
triax form fill in the bass. The triax woofer system was designed to eliminate
rear wave distortions within their sealed enclosure.
room sounded nicely dynamic and clean clean clean. After nearly a decade I
still come away impressed with the sound they achieve during shows. Their
Return Of A Legend MKII 2-way speakers are mated with the VG-1 Plus MKII
Discovery woofer ($18,995). Front end was their Uni Earth MKII 180-watt
monoblocks and Uni Preamplifier MKII ($16,995 and $15,995 respectively).
Digital audio is being handled by their Uni Digital MKII that has a separate
power supply ($12,995). Did I mention I always seem to really enjoy the sound
of their products during shows?
Only have $1100
and looking for a cool new toy? The DSPeaker Anti-Core 2.0 Dual Core features
automatic room correction algorithm and comes with a microphone. It takes
about 5 minutes for the unit to 'tune in' your system. It supports USB and
S/PDIF input/output. There are dual balanced ADCs and dual balanced DACs that
oversamples to 6144 kHz. It may also be used as a preamplifier with remote
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