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Positive Feedback ISSUE 11
january/february 2004


2004 CES "blur" of a show... Part 2 of many to come!
by Dave and Carol Clark

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Kondo Audio Note of Japan. Not the best display, but nice to see at CES!

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PBN showing their electronics and speakers.

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The Argento Audio cabling and Vitus electronics with some rather large Sound Labs sounding big and tall. Hear-through and transparent as all get out! The Vitus stuff is really gorgeous.

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The Vitus SM-100 amplifiers ($45,000)!

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The new Gallo Reference III sounded rather, well... not what I expected at all. I expected a much bigger speaker as one sees in the literature and found the Reference to be a bit smaller in stature. even so, they sounded big and musical. Real killer product that should put Gallo over the top!

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The Reference III at $2599 standing a little over 3 feet tall.

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A snake infestation of cables in the Gallo room.

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Brian Ackerman of Artistic Audio with a very musical Ensemble system.

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The new Ensemble CD player—pushing the enveople in terms of design and price ($10K).

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Cool carbon-fiber CD "mat" for the Ensemble CD player.

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Urs Wagner of Ensemble as a proud papa.

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The Herron room sounded like it usually has in the past—really wonderful. Keith always seems to pull it altogether and has a very musical and relaxing room. The Alons were found in many a good room as well—gee I wonder if there is a connection here?

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The new Herron preamplifier. Really sweet!

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A big VPI spinning vinyl.

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The Herron preamplifier in black and below, with the tubes! The preamplifier comes either as in your choice—solid state or vacuum.

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Keith Herron himself.

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Leif Olofsson of Marten Design—what a nice guy too! Get the right spelling Carol!

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The E.A.R. and Marten Design room with the new Coltrane Altos ($22,000/pair) sounded fast and clean with a much bigger and robust sound than one would expect from a three-way speaker. Cabling is from Jorma Design ($6500 for speakers and $2500 for interconnects—which is pushing the price barrier a bit!). Also in residence was the Power Wing from World Power and plenty of Shakti Hallographs to address room issues.

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Jorma Koski of Jorma Design

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The speaker cables with the secret module—can you say Bybee?

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The new E.A.R. 834T integrated amplifier that features a tube input, but a transistor output ($3595).

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The Origin Live Sovereign table with a Koetsu Rosewood cartridge.

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Bubble sound from Kentech. Really neat sounding surround from one speaker for well under $200!

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Another Kentech speaker, coming soon to a Radio Shack near you. Killer sound for a gamers!


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