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Newport 2011: YG Acoustics

by Josh Ray on June 09 '11

Newport yg 1YG Acoustics demoed their Kipod speakers dressed in black on black with their new custom billet drivers.  Tenor provided the amplification for one pretty stellar demo setup.  Despite being in one of the larger rooms at the show, the YG exhibit was permanently packed with a line out the door.

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Newport 2011: Lawrence Audio

by Josh Ray on June 09 '11

Newport lawrence 1The great guys at Audio Revelation San Diego were showing off their Lawrence Audio Violin speakers ($4950) with an excellent Luxman integrated, Origin Live table and arm and Dynavector cartridge.  Despite only being able to listen to the speakers for a few moments, it was clear these art deco beauties were able to sing.

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Newport 2011: MBL

by Josh Ray on June 08 '11

IMG 5884MBL of omni-directional loudspeaker fame debuted their new "120" monitors ($21k+) with all MBL electronics.  Didn't have a chance to drop in my demo CD, but MBL is always an amazing listening experience regardless of music.  The paint finish and craftsmanship seem to be improved, with a new white high gloss option for their speakers and amps (pic next page).

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Newport 2011: Focal Giants

by Josh Ray on June 08 '11

IMG 6022Focal Grand Utopia EM speakers in the Digital Ear of Orange County room.  Freakishly large, must be seen to be believed.

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by Josh Ray on June 08 '11

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Newport 2011: Marten and E.A.R.

by Josh Ray on June 08 '11

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Marten with E.A.R. gear is a match made in heaven.  The Coltrane speakers, with their bevy of ceramic and diamond drivers, are perennial favorites.  The new Coltrane 2 speakers are sure to be an instant super-luxe classic.

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Newport 2011: Estelon

by Josh Ray on June 08 '11

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Head-turning speakers from Estelon sounded pretty fine with Edge electronics.  This room was consistently packed with a line out the door.

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Newport 2011: Lindemann Audio

by Josh Ray on June 08 '11

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German precision at its finest.  Lindemann competes with the best of the best in the electronics game, and at Newport, Lindemann importer One World Audio was showing off production ready versions of their new monitors, the Birdland BL-10 ($11k pair).  These small stand mounted monitors featured room-filling sound, hyper-precision and Rolex-like craftsmanship.  Great demo.

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Newport 2011: Zu Audio

by Josh Ray on June 08 '11

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Danny Kaey on the 1s and 2s in the Zu Audio room.  Soul Superfly speakers in a custom finish -- beg the Zu guys and they'll set you up with your own personalized hotrods.  There's lots to say about the great sound from Zu, but, more importantly, a full DJ setup on hotel furniture??  Guys know how to throw a party.  And mark your calendars for RMAF in Denver where Zu will be doing some serious turntablism.  Can't wait.

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Newport 2011: Transmission Audio

by Josh Ray on June 08 '11

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Electrostat speed from a tiny box with decent bass?  Believe it.  Transmission Audio mates a massive ribbon tweeter (doing that forward/backward dipole magic) with a unique wide range metal cone.  Must hear more...

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