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Audio research and vandersteen were some of their lines years ago. I purchased some gear here, good to see they're still around.
/// Tim W. ///
LOVED listening to Vandys & Apogees in their Naperville store.
When I was visiting the facility they had a pair of original Audio Physic Virgo and the front end consisted of a Rega planet CD player and a newcomer integrated by the name of Rogue. Those Virgoes were some 20 feet apart in a hall corridor type setting no deeper than 8 feet and the imaging was spooky real as Stevie Ray Vaughn was a realistic clear center image.
By the way they had big Sound Lab electrostatics right behind the Virgoes In each corner aka Stereophies review and for all intents I really thought the sound was coming from them. It was later I read the same in the stereophile witeup on the Virgoes. Mick said he was always in the top 10 at setups in big CES shows.
/// Tim W. ///
That's awesome, but seems kinda crazy, as there is/was another Sound Lab dealer not too far distant (Barrington?)
No can't vouch for that. They simply may have been trade-ins, can't say for sure as I didn't inquire.
It's just as I stated they had a pair behind the Virgoes in each corner giving the illusion of sound eminating from those big stats. Those Audio Physics had the most float in open space sound I've ever heard from any speaker, really had to put my ear right on the tweeter to know where the sound was coming from. I had my Mirage OM6s and company with lots of cone area for dynamics and spls doing double duty for music and home theatre and was auditioning Plinius electronics at that time. Still have this setup.
The A.P Virgoes memory still impresses me to this day.
/// Tim W. ///
Haven't been there in years.
Yes, I remember them ( Quintessence) when they were in Naperville years ago. I'm sure a lot has changed since then. FWIW, I remember Quintessence starting out in a residential basement in Downer's Grove nearly 40 years ago.
Are you sure that wasn't Music Direct. Back in the late 1980's I remember buying stuff from Jim in his basement in Morton Grove.
The original Quintessence guy's name was Frank Sousa.(spelling ?) He had two different basement locations until he moved to a B&M in Naperville in the early 80's. His first basement location was in Downer's Grove in the late 70's. At least that was the timeframe when I first discovered Quintessence. I'm sure the name has been passed along to new owners over the years. FWIW, Frank was a big fan of Vandersteen, Shahinian Obelisks and Mordaunt Short back in those very early "basement" days.
I did not know that. Jim from Music Direct also had a basement in Morton Grove where he sold stuff mail order. I use to go there when I went to Rosine Audio back in the late 1980's.
Yep, Larry Rosine worked for (or with?) Frank at that second "residential basement" Quintessence. Probably around 1983. After that came the B&M in Naperville at some point. I moved to AZ. in 1986, so I lost track of the continuing history/ownership of Quintessence.
My ProAc Studio 3 speakers came from Rosine as demos.
Still in my system.
Pass Labs rules!
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