- Written by Staff
- Published on 20 December 2007
Mark Schifter of AV123 is one of the nicest guys in this business, and he always has exciting new products to exhibit at every show. Here at RMAF, he demonstrated their new X-Static floor-standers, which have open baffles for the tweeter and midrange drivers, and which will be available for an astounding low price of $799/pair.
Over in the left corner of the room was this new MFW-15 subwoofer, which has a 15" slot-loaded driver and a 350 watt amplifier. Price? Again, astoundingly, only $599 in black and probably around $699 for the rosewood as shown here. You can also see the open baffle design of the X-Static here. The crossover network was mounted on the base for the show, but the ones shipped to consumers will have the networks inside the enclosure.
In the top photo, you can see the center channel speaker (called the X-Voce, at $449) that goes with the X-Static floor-standers. Here it is in close-up. The midrange drivers and tweeter are again, open baffle in configuration. You can see through the perforated metal grille on top of the speaker, inside the enclosure. The woofers are enclosed, rather than open baffle.
The sound was really quite excellent, and apparently, you will be able to buy two X-Statics, the X-Voce, two smaller floor-standers for the rear, and a 12" subwoofer (also new, at $399) for $1,999. They showed some of the speakers in a wood called Mojo, which is from South America (where Mark has a new factory), and it is exquisite. This is the first time that wood has been shown in the US as a speaker veneer.
Speaking of that $399 subwoofer, click here to see a high definition video of Mark Schifter showing it to you. It will take two minutes to buffer your Windows Media Player, and then it will play.
These are Dali Helicon 400 speakers. Notice the ribbon driver at the top. We saw lots of speakers with ribbons. They are very popular now.
The Dalis were being driven by a Cary CAD 120S Stereo power amplifier . . .
. . . and a Cary SLP-05 preamplifier as the front end. Notice that it has a separate power supply. More and more preamps are being designed this way now.
Thiel paired their model CS 3.7 speakers, which are new this year, with Moon and Bryston CD players, preamplifiers, and power amplifiers. The CS 3.7s are $9,900/pair.
In this room, Focal Aesthetix speakers were being driven by an Atlas amplifier.
There were plenty of turntables being used as sources, in this case, made by Kuzuma. Mark Levinson provided the preamp and power amplifiers. Speakers were Wilson Audio Sophias.
These speakers are AV123's new Focus Line Source LS6. They have six ribbon drivers and eight woofers. Believe it or not, they are priced at $2,995/pair. Listeners' mouths were agape at the sound quality for such an incredible price. They are about 6 feet tall.
The LS6's were being driven by these Dodd Audio monoblock power amplifiers, at $30,000 the pair, in whatever color you like.