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CES 2008 Show Report Part 2

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Thiel Audio fascinated me with their new Thielnet developed with BICOM. Multiple zone technology allows distribution through an IP addressable system with plug-and -play for a whole house system. The dB-1 processor with Dolby and DTS can handle up to 64 loudspeakers in various configurations. The SCS4D with the dS1 digital module is an IP based monitor speaker. No pricing or dates are available but this seems like a project to watch.

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By now we've all heard about SAF, (Spouse Acceptance Factor if I have to spell out for you). One of the unique products was from the French speaker maker Waterfall with glass enclosures. Besides the aesthetic advantage of glass, it also has acoustic advantages because glass is denser than wood and therefore vibrations are limited. With only the tweeter and mid-range woofer visible the lines running down the face give away the crossover mounted in the base along with a low frequency driver really quite clever. The 3- driver version of Evo is $4,000 per pair while the 4-driver is $6,000.

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Also available are the Hurricane wall or shelf mounted versions for surrounds at $800 each. "High Force" 1, 2 and 3 subwoofers are not surprisingly in glass but are also available in 3 versions from $1,200, $1,600, and $2,000 respectively.

Immedia Sound was showing among other things, Sonics speakers designed by Joachim Gerhard. The monitor size 2-way bass reflex Anima at $2,600 and the floorstanding Allegretto 2-way at $4,500 along with the larger handsomely Amerigo 3-way floorstanding $5,500 were accompanied by the beautiful Spiral Groove turntable SG-1 at $20,000 and the SG-2 at $15,000.

 

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Cary Audio Design showed the Classic series of amplifiers and CD players by inviting Proclaim Audioworks for their inventive DMT-100 speakers. The DMT-100's flexible arm design allows the mid-range and tweeter "œorbs" to be positioned exactly in distance and alignment required to allow for room corrections. The outboard crossover circuitry is housed in a component which allows individual balance and tonal adjustments for each driver. Dan Herrington, partner and designer of the system decided to begin with a perfect orb or sphere, always said to be the best speaker enclosure. Dampening is accomplished with sand lining the interior. The incredible design of intricate arms and pulleys is a tour-de-force in engineering and design, very cool! Shell out $27,000 if you want the entire setup. The package comes already assembled with the custom lined shell, very much how an instrument case provides protection.

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