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RE: AXPONA 2013 report planer speaker style

Well on to the show finally, The first planer's I heard were the best. Martin Logan Montis Electrostatic speakers, which are $10k. They were in the Peachtree Audio room which was also showing off an integrated amp in which you can stream at 320k Mogg or Spotify straight to your speakers, via your iPhone.

Anyway those ML Montis speakers had incredible dynamics, soundstage, detail. Very well integrated between the dynamic woofer and electrostatic panel. Supposedly this is the first electrostatic mated with a servo controlled DSP woofer. All I know was this one my favorite room's of the whole show. Others in the same class were, Acoustic Zen, MBL, Linn Athenenum's (from NH not UK) YG Acoustics, and a pair of Focal Alto Utopia Be's

Next planer up was, I think the winner of best of show, Kingsound's Prince III electrostatic. While I thought they were very good I could not get past their limited dynamics, they just sounded restrained to me. These were being powered by some of Bob Carvers new tube amps.

Next was a planer magnetic, Leonardo from Italy. In the room they were out at least 5ft, however from the side walls maybe 5-6" so they bass was boomy and uneven. They are very good looking speaker, very nice build quality, and were run by strange looking tube amps that had a glass case.

Last but not least was a hybrid planer magnetic tweeter with a small 4" mid/woofer, I thought these sounded very nice. I misplaced the literature on their name, however they were in the TEO Audio room.


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