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    Going today. Will post some pics and deluded rants in due course.
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    I've not been for 10 years - the last time I was there I remember only being interested in the sound from one demonstration room (World Audio Designs I think) and so stayed away. I was thinking about it this weekend though, so will look forward to your feedback.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    Going today. Will post some pics and deluded rants in due course.
    Cool, be interested in your thoughts/observations - I plan on going tomorrow.
    "People will hear what you tell them to hear" - Thomas Edison

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    The wilson benesch resolutions sounded rather good but were 36k. I liked the dynaudio special 40's which were a snip @2.5k. I know which I'll be buying.

    All the other speakers were a bit 'meh'.

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    First off if you go and arrive in the morning I recommend going straight to the top floor. The masses start at the ground floor before moving up, and if you do what I say by the time you get to the bottom there'll be far less human infestation - the whole show will be a better experience.

    So, before I go for a swim and then undo all the good by cracking open a bottle of wine, then assert my hi-fi is far superior to anything there today by the time I have drunk the entire bottle...

    There were a few rooms turning in a decent sound. There usually is, but as usual, take everything I say with a pinch of salt. The same rooms vary a lot simply depending on what is being played and at what volume.

    So to Von Gaylord - a curious name indeed. Playing a couple of vocal tracks when I was in there, really not bad at all. The 6550 based amps and speakers turning in a very pleasant result. The amps are obviously very decent, as are the speakers. Quite pricey, but good.

    The amps are a claimed 130 Watts triode mode, at $8500 a pair. I reckon they are really quite good indeed. Speakers are 91DB and $10,000.








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    That gear looks rather nice Justin . Thanks for taking the time to post the pictures
    Regards
    Brian

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    They must surely be taking the piss with that name ??

    Commercial suicide, isn't it ??
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    I thought these Fyne F-1 speakers were pretty competent too. Info here.

    That said, I found I didn't get on with how they looked. And they do look weird to me, although very nicely made. Driven by Rega kit the match seemed really sympathetic. You could tell from the talk and vibe in the room I wasn't the only person who thought these things were good.






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    Looks rather like a Tannoy Kensington drive unit, the cone and surround particularly. The 'post box' looks are a little unfortunate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigger67 View Post
    They must surely be taking the piss with that name ??

    Commercial suicide, isn't it ??
    They've been around for a good long while, and do a crazy liquid cooled valve amp, so you can only conclude it isn't as bad a name as you might think It probably appeals to an obvious market sector.

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