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Publisher Noel Keywood visits the California Audio Show, 2014.
A picture of the Golden Gate Bridge arrived at my in-box, part of a flier for the California Audio Show (CAS). I looked at it, pondered – and packed. Here's a quick look at what turned out to be a fascinating show.
GENESIS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES G2.2Jr
My first stop of the show was the Aspen room, where Genesis Advanced Technologies were demo'ing a pair of massive line arrays, the G2.2Jr ($85,000) that, they say, are "for the smaller space" and are "family friendly"! They stand 75in (1.9m) high and have a 48in long mid-range ribbon, plus twelve 1in ring radiator ribbon tweeters. A bass bin carries two 12in aluminium cone woofers. If you want to read more about the G2.2Jr and even larger Genesis loudspeakers, built in Seattle, USA, go to www.genesisloudspeakers.com. They had pin sharp imaging and sounded fabulous.
HEADAMP BLUE HAWAII SE
This rather attractive blue-anodised electrostatic headphone amplifier, the Blue Hawaii SE, with EL34 output tubes was being shown by Headamp electronics of Charlottesville, USA. For more, see www.headamp.com.
SOUNDLAB MAJESTIC 945
People were talking in the corridors about this exhibit – the largest electrostatic loudspeakers I've ever seen. SoundLab of Utah, USA, had on display their Majestic 945s, standing 106in tall (8ft 10in / 2.7m). Needless to say they set up a massive sound stage, instruments playing down at bemused listeners. Price is $40,570 a pair. See www.soundlab-speakers.com