Vacuum State Of The Art
Conference And Show 2003 (VSAC)
Friday Part 1
Unlike shows where it is the never ending showing of nearly the same items in a different venue. You know, the same mainstream products over and over (and over) again, VSAC is all about personal ingenuity, style, and substance.
electron luv has their GM100 (Pinto) monoblock tube amplifiers that employs a Russian GM100 transmitter tube to produce 10 watts of output. While the GM100 tube is rather exotic, other supporting tubes include mercury vapor Western Electric 354 (made over 30 years ago) and 866.Lundahl trannies and the like make this direct-coupled amp. Naturally it is "Class A" single-ended.
In the same room was the all front-loaded fun loudspeaker project by electron luv. While not for sale by any means, it was just a fun experiment by head honcho Joh Stippich of electron luv. The ESG 1 ribbon tweeter is mated with a old JBL 2440 fiormid and Fostex 208 for midbass and ScanSpeak 8-inch in rear-mounted transmission line for bass.
Another electron luv amplifier at VSAC was the 801/03 monoblock amplifier (outer units) that us the
801 driver with type 45 output tubes to produce three watts. The center is their 10Y line stage with 816 Junior mercury vapor rectifiers.
Analog is alive and well, naturally, with the underground fave rave (read: not ruined by the mainstream media yet) is the Teres Audio 265 turntable as seen here with the Triplanar tonearm. The hardwood base is hollowed out and filled with 30 lbs of lead, while the 3-inch high acrylic platter can be substituted with a wood platter. An option with this turntable is a battery-powered motor for the DC
motor as seen below.
Cain & Cain Abby loudspeakers (nearfield version) is made for smaller rooms while their normal version is for those with normal to larger listening areas. The difference between the nearfield and the normal version is that the nearfield version lacks a whizzer cone and is said to have an overall smoother frequency response. See our writer Ian White's Cain & Cain Abby (normal version) by
VRS Audio Systems makes a hard driver audio server to store and playback music. You can record and change sampling rate and/or word length on the fly. The eliminated the errors cased by a laser light reading moving digital disc. The sound card has been modified (top secret details) for best sound.
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