May 23, 2009 - Part 1
All prices in euros () unless otherwise noted.
At time of report, 1 is approximately 1.37 US dollars.
Wilson Audio Specialties has given the well-known
WATT/Puppy a bold makeover. The new model, called the Sasha
W/P, is larger, heavier, and shapelier than the WATT/Puppy 8, and it is less
expensive as well. The Sasha is priced at $26,950 USD per pair and features revised
cabinet materials, a new tweeter derived from the MAXX Series 3, a new midrange driver
also derived from costlier models, a new location for the top modules crossover, and
much more. [www.wilsonaudio.com]
Speaking of shapely, Dali introduced the new Fazon Sat
speaker. It is wall-mountable and comes in either a black or white finish. This diminutive
speaker uses a 4 wood-fiber midrange and a 1.1 soft-dome tweeter, both of
which are covered by a slick-looking magnetic grille. The Fazon Sat is beautifully
built with a solid feel that is largely due to its sturdy aluminum cabinet. The price
for the Fazon Sat is a reasonable 279 each.
Dali also showed a more conventional design, the two-way
Mentor Minuet priced at 479 each. The Minuet features a 4.5" woofer and a
1.1" soft-dome tweeter, and it can be purchased with an optional wall-mount bracket.
One material you don't see used often in speaker-cabinet
construction is slate, but that's exactly what you'll find used for Fischer &
Fischer's new SN/SL 770
loudspeaker. The large three-way SN/SL 770 features Silvercom pure-silver wiring and a
Dynaudio Esotar tweeter, among other premium components. The weight is 151kg each, and the
price per pair is 25,000 .
Glass has become an increasingly popular material for
audio-equipment construction, and it's what you'll find on the baffle of Revox's new Re:Sound G
Prestige three-way loudspeaker, which sells for 3000 per pair. The Swiss-made
Re:Sound G Prestige looks sleek enough to fit unobtrusively into almost any home
We didn't only look at loudspeakers today. Germany's T+A
showed the new attractively styled K2 DVD receiver (3000 ). This unit outputs 95Wpc
into 8 ohms and 150Wpc into 4 ohms to each of its five channels -- but those channels are not
configured for surround sound. Thats right. The K2 has three output
channels -- for the left, right, and center front speakers -- and two additional
channels for stereo operation in another room. An odd configuration for sure, but one that
T+A feels will meet customers needs the best.