May 21, 2009: Part 1
All prices in euros () unless otherwise noted. At time of report, 1 is
approximately 1.37 US dollars.
Leben's new retro-chic three-tube RS100 line-level
preamplifier is hand-wired and features a direct input that bypasses all switches and
controls except volume. The price is TBA.
Wireworld's new Platinum Eclipse interconnects retail for
$3000 USD for a one-meter pair. Behind the Platinum Eclipse is Wireworld's Starlight 52
USB cable, which is priced at $99 USD for a one-meter length. According to David Salz,
president and chief designer of Wireworld, the most important design goal of a high-end
USB cable is to pass a square wave intact.
Triangle debuted the new Magellan
Quatuor SE loudspeaker, which features front- and rear-firing horn-loaded tweeters
that operate in bipole fashion. The company says that the Magellan will reach to 33Hz,
+/-3dB. The Quatuor retails for 12,000 per pair.
System Audio showed the XP30, a small floorstanding speaker
that is sure to fit unobtrusively into a small room. The three-driver, two-way
XP30, which retails for 1000 per pair, incorporates two 4" woofers with a
1" soft-dome tweeter.
Furutech displayed two new analog-related products at High
End 2009. Above is the Monza LP stabilizer, which the company claims to be a "pure
transmission piezo ceramic carbon" product. It incorporates nano-sized ceramic
particles and powdered carbon, and it is said to have superior electrical- and
mechanical-damping properties. The Monza retails for 480 . [www.furutech.com]
Furutech also showed the La Source phono-lead wires, which
retail for 280 per set. [www.furutech.com]