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Newport 2011: Audio Salon Magico + Spectral

by Josh Ray on June 12 '11

Newport salon 1Maier Shadi is the man behind the exclusive appointment only Audio Salon in Los Angeles.  He's not a hi-fi dealer per se, more audio sommelier, connecting his clients with the best hi-fi has to offer.

At the show Maier was running Magico Q5 speakers with Spectral amplification (roughly a $110k system not including cables).  Pitch black speakers in a pitch black room -- while taking photos was close to impossible, the sound was impressive and turned many a jaded hi-fi fan the Magico direction.  And unlike many of the demos suffering from Big Speaker in a Tiny Room complex, Maier's room was both the right size for the speakers and featured custom acoustic treatment behind those curtains.  GIving such attention to the room is the mark of a true audio expert.

 

Update:  Maier wanted to express that his Audio Salon, while exclusive, doesn't exclude all but hardened audiophiles.  Even if you're new to the game and looking for an entry-level system, Maier is happy to give you the time of day (and a killer demo).  We discussed the typical jaded dealer experience and, in fact, when Maier was in his 20's, the frosty reception he received when visiting dealers inspired Maier to launch the Audio Salon.  I've met my share of terrible dealers and, let me say, Maier is a man who gets it.  Either make an appointment to visit his showroom in Santa Monica or have him come to your own abode for a personal demo.

Additionally, Maier wanted to shout out Art Noxon and Chris Klein of ASC for their acoustic design and use of their Tube traps.  Cabling by MIT.  Maier's team built a staggered wall hidden behind the curtains with over 120 lengths of 8ft 2x4's made up the 16 huge 6ft x 8ft shrouded walls.  Word is this acoustic room-in-a-room now resides at Maier's demo space.

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Newport 2011: Legacy

by Danny Kaey on June 11 '11

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Legacy, famous for their bang for buck designs was of course also at Newport...

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Newport 2011: Sonorous

by Danny Kaey on June 11 '11

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Another super hit from the show was from local electrostat expert and overall electronics super designer Arian Jansen: the 2011 Sonorus System, complete with speakers, pre-amp, amp and all-new tape deck.

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Newport 2011: Evolution Acoustics, Playback Designs & darTZeel

by Danny Kaey on June 10 '11

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24bit 384khz, double DSD 6.1mhz via USB? Yep, Playback Designs has it.

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Comments () Amplifiers $20k and up , Components , Disc players $10k and up , Hard Drive Servers , Writer: Danny Kaey

Newport 2011: Channel D Pure Music

by Danny Kaey on June 10 '11

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Most used playback software @ Newport? Channel D Pure Music...

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Newport 2011: Ayon + Lumen White

by Josh Ray on June 09 '11

Newport ayon 1The Ayon demo with Lumen White speakers was incredibly fast, precise and just begging for a bigger room to really let loose.  Check out the pic next page for the speaker's incredible finish...

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Newport 2011: Earo

by Josh Ray on June 09 '11

Newport earo 1Earo is bringing a world of tech to the single driver speaker game.  With built-in amplification, digital room correction and more, the Earo speakers performed tricks that make other full range backloaded horn speakers jealous.

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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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