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Positive Feedback ISSUE 11
january/february 2004


2004 CES "blur" of a show... Part 5 with no more to come!
by Dave and Carol Clark


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Virtual Dynamics showed with Broken Lamp Amp (hidden behind the signs between the speakers as the new casework was not ready in time for CES) and Marten Designs. Great sound.

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Virtual Dynamics cables are not the "most relaxed," but they do sound rather good!

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Ancient Audio Tube amplifiers looking rather new and pretty!

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Resolution Audio's CD player and Oskar Heil loudspeakers along with Sahuaro cables sounded musical and present.

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The Duevel and Klimo system from was producing a wide and room filling sound-field that was quite captivating in terms of space and overall musicality.

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Fanfare International showed JM Reynaud, ASR, Acoustic Zen, and Lector that would bring a smile to Bob Niell's face. Sounded very musical with a nice sense of ease or "rightness" to the presentation. Was difficult to sit and give a listen though, as the room was filled with friends and/or the manufacturers, so seating was limited.

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The other Fanfare room showed Lector, Ayon, Pearl, ASR, Acoustic Dreams, and V.Y.G.E.R. to good effect. Again Acoustic Zen held things together.

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Jim Aud of Purist Audio showed with Atma-Sphere and Gilmore Audio. The room was quiet at the time (9AM), but the silence was one of the better we heard! Just kidding, Jim is a good guy and deserves much success! Purist has introduced a new line of less-expensive cables that offer much of the more pricey one's in his line. Hope tog et a listen in the near future... Jim?

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Orpheus Laboratories showed with Wilson Benesch. Looked great, but wasn't not playing when we entered and time constraints kept us from coming back.

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The Edge room sounded REALLY good with their electronics driving the new speakers from Epiphany Audio. These are the smaller model (the 6-6 are $8900) that was very big sounding. Fast and clean, with amazing articulation.

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Deborah and Tom Maker of Edge in front of the middle Epiphanies, the 12s, at $14,990.

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Steve Norber of Edge with the tallest Epiphanies and subs (2 18" drives per!). The room supported such a big speaker/sub combo with no problem. Killer sound and was as "edge-free" and dynamic as all get out! No hint of multiple drivers—very coherent and seamless, and not that expensive at $26,900 when compared to those at $40K! Appears to have solved the issues that line-source speakers unlike Pipe Dreams which never sounded like music.

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The one of the men behind Epiphany....

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The new Stillpoints amplifier stand.

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The Stillpoints rack coming in at a pricey $4100! Looked gorgeous though.

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