Designed by longtime and highly regarded
speaker designer Phil Jones, new comer American Acoustic Development (aad)
were showcasing a complete line of impressive loudspeakers. Seen here is the
model 2002 ($2,495) which is an 89 db/w/m sensitive, D'Appolito design stand
mounted minimonitor unit.
As first seen anywhere in the world on the Enjoy the Music.com
Web site during our factor of the Pininfarina facility,
the Aliante Pininfarina One ($5,200 for the speaker, $995 for stand) is
visually stunning. With seductively curved lines and shapes as only great
Italian artisans can offer, the Aliante would easily do well in the finest of museums.
This two way reflex-loaded design is extremely well built to exacting
standards. It also is offered in various colors to match your decor. Of course
it comes in my favorite color... Ferrari red.
The new La Luce CS Centoventi turntable by Spj ($19,500) is a
low energy storage, direct coupled suspensionless design. Starting with a
solid block of acrylic, Spj adds stainless steel weights to increase the total
platter mass to an impressive 18 kg.! A direct drive synchronous motor is
employed for ultra-precise rotational speed control.
CR Developements were showing many of their visually stunning
products. Their new Woodham preamplifier (top unit) is truly a thing of beauty
my friend. In fact it is so attractive it appears on the front cover of the
current Ultimate Audio print magazine! Please believe me, even the images we
offer on our Tube Lust Page of the CR Developments
products does their true beauty no justice. They must be seen to
Two horn loudspeakers were being shown by horn guru Bruce
Edgar. Seen above are the Edgarhorn Titan and Slimline floorstanding
units. The Slimline ($1,800, right loudspeaker) is a three-way design using
two 5" drivers in a folded hyperbolic horn that is claimed to extend down
to 60 Hz. The Traxtrix horn is employed for upper frequency duties. The Titan
($11,900 copper wired, $18,900 silver wires) is a culmination of over 20 years
of Dr. Edgar's work and research. The Edgarhorn round Tractrix horn driven by
a 28 lbs. TAD 4001 driver. The midrange is a 30 lbs. TAD 12 while for the
highest of frequencies a time aligned super tweeter is used.
New from the famous loudspeaker designer Arnie Nudell is the
Genesis 350 SE ($32,700). This is a special edition unit employing a dipolar
line source midrange and high frequency ribbon tweeter array which is claimed
to minimize room interactions. The multi-driver servo-controlled bass system
can produce frequency down to 16 Hz. The entire frequency response is from 16
Hz to 35 kHz +-3db. These units are extremely well-built and weigh in at 315
lbs per channel! Hand selected South American Rosewood adds extreme visual
beauty to this imposing over five foot high design.
Gresham Acoustics Opera Sauvage ($15,000) are made of 2.5"
thick-density fiber board. A 1" silk dome covers the upper frequency range.
The midrange is produced from a 6" high-quality unit while the lowermost
frequencies are produced by two 10" dual voice coil woofers of their own design.
Multiple internal bracing is used to reduce any cabinet vibrations from
adversely affecting the music reproduction while the total weight of these
speakers are 245 lbs. each.