May 24, 2009 - Part 1
All prices in euros () unless otherwise noted.
At time of report, 1 is approximately 1.37 US dollars.
Audio Physic introduced the new Cardeas
loudspeaker (18,000 per pair). This large four-way floorstanding design
features the German companys newest Hyper Holographic Cone Tweeter (HHCT II), which
uses a neodymium magnet and what Audio Physic calls "Active Cone Damping and String
Suspension Concept" construction. The impressive array of drive units also includes a
10" woofer, a 10" passive radiator, a 5.9" midrange, and two 5.9"
Germanys B.M.C. Audio is a brand-new company with a
number of new products on the ground floor of Munichs M.O.C. Shown here is the BCD
09 CD player (also available in a transport-only configuration) notable for its
high-quality construction and use of a belt-driven transport mechanism as well as
four-conductor Superlink digital-signal-transmission interface. The price of the BCD 09
was, considering the impressive build quality and advanced feature set, seemingly
reasonable at 2698 . We featured another B.M.C. product, the DAC 1, in our ShowStoppers section.
Here's something you see talked about a lot but don't often
see: a speaker made from concrete, which is precisely the case with the LS-44 loudspeaker
and TS-44 subwoofer from Ank Audio. The LS-44 uses a single 4" full-range driver and
comes as part of a three-piece speaker system
that includes the TS-44 sub. The list price for all three speakers, including stands, is
Germanys Behold continues to pack the impressive Gentle integrated amplifier
(18,000 ) that's been out for a couple years now with new features and capabilities.
In addition to its four channels of amplification, DSP crossovers, and touch-screen front
panel, the Gentle is now available with a hard-disk player (above) that makes it a just-add-speakers-and-cabling
Italys Mel Audio displayed the massive Harmaghedon3
power amplifier. This unit boasts an
external power supply as large as the main amplifier chassis and reportedly houses two
massive transformers in a dual-mono configuration. The price is 29,400 .
NAD impressed us with the new M2 Direct Digital Amplifier
that we feature as a ShowStopper.
The M2 wasn't the only new product. Above is the new Master Series M15HD surround-sound
processor ($3999 USD). This unit is fitted with a host of advanced features, including
Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. Like all surround-sound processors, the M15HD is
jam-packed around back. [www.nadelectronics.com]