May 24, 2009 - Keeping it Interesting
by Jeff Fritz

I scheduled several cool products for formal review while at High End 2009. I’d announce them here, but I want to make sure they all show up at my doorstep first. But I can give you a hint: There are two loudspeaker systems, a super subwoofer, and a set of mono amplifiers -- and they all seem sure bets from what I can tell.

There were a few other products discussed for possible review, but they’ll be farther off in the future, maybe late in the year. What does this mean? It means, for me, that there were some interesting products at High End 2009 -- things that I know will be of interest to our readers and that I’m hoping will fit into my system and room well. I guess that natural curiosity is a prerequisite for the job of audio reviewer: Just when everything is perfect, we just can’t leave well enough alone.

So I’ll shake up the components in my Music Vault listening room and see what happens. After all, if a reviewer were to lose the desire to find out if something better actually exists, there would be little point in continuing. One thing that High End 2009 proved to me was that even in hard economic times, there are those companies and individuals that will always push ahead. And I’m glad for that. It is, after all, what keeps this business interesting.

Jeff eyes the KEF Concept Blade, his favorite product at High End 2009 that he'll never get the chance to review.