C.E.S. and T.H.E. Show 2003
Part 3: Oases of Beautiful Music - Best Sounds of the Best
Greg Weaver, March 2003
The sexy new Aries 845-G monoblocks with the optional triangular tube cages
The $4,000 Sony SACD77ES was the
source feeding the ($3000) deHavilland UltraVerve preamplifier. Speakers were
the very open and extraordinarily detailed Alon
Lotus Elite Signatures ($8,000), with all cabling provided by George Cardas.
George Kielczynski and Kara managed to pull it off yet again, putting together a room that, once a source was playing, made if very hard to leave. I spent close to an hour there, listening to various selections and soaking in the rich timbres, realistic soundstaging and palpable images. Though low powered by comparison to many other systems I am used to listening to, there was never a hint of strain or limitation to this highly tuneful system, placing it too in contention for the honors of being referred to as the best sounding room at the show.
Set up diagonally to make the best of this smallish space, the new deHavilland 845-G monoblocks sang like siren
Complete report at http://www.stereotimes.com/ces2003weaver3.shtm