Fostex was showing its GX250MG speakers with Accuphase electronics at the Tokyo International Audio Show. These have a midrange and woofer in Fostex’s “HR shape” which they say pre-stresses the diaphragm making is resistant to deformation. The sound was very impressive with great integration and an effortless realism. We stayed for a few tracks spanning […]

Some more impressive sounds from ATC and McIntosh at the Tokyo International Audio Show, where the ATC SCM100 towers were driven by the enormous McIntosh MC1.25kW amps from McIntosh source equipment. Across a wide range of tracks, the sound was stunning with the end-to-end balance and realism that ATC is famous for. The McIntosh power […]

Just when we were starting to narrow down candidates for Sound of the Show, along comes another amazing room: YG Hailey loudspeakers driven by Air Tight electronics with vinyl played by an Air Tight cartridge on an SME-armed Transrotor ZET-3 turntable. When we went in, they were playing Stevie Ray Vaughan’s album Couldn’t Stand the […]

Quad was showing its ESL-2912 loudspeakers with Accuphase electronics in G410 at the Tokyo International Audio Show. Ravel’s Bolero was playing with all the characteristic electrostatic speaker virtues when we visited the room. On static display was the beautiful new Quad Artera system, with a Play CD player/DAC/preamp and a Stereo power amp. In a […]