Ascendo and Behold
All prices in euros () unless otherwise noted.
At time of report, 1 is approximately 1.37 US dollars.
Its certainly no surprise that Germanys Ascendo
and Behold once again produced some of the best sound heard at High End -- we've given
them this same award in years past. Perhaps they have a home-turf advantage.
This year we were introduced to a new speaker system from
Ascendo, the System F (12,000 per pair), which is featured as a ShowStopper, and it was a treat. The soundstage that
the System F cast was the real story here: deep, wide, and with almost walk-through
realism, it was the kind of reproduced sound that suspends disbelief for those precious
few moments, and thats the experience that makes it special.
The System F was aided by some of the most ambitious
electronics in the industry: Behold was using the Gentle integrated amplifier (18,000
) with its new hard-disk player as the source feeding an APU768 digital-processing
unit (25,000 ), which in turn drove a pair of BPA-768 amplifiers (26,675
each) in a vertically biamped configuration. Wiring and racks were by Germanys High