Saturday, 27 September 2003

HiFi Show

Spent a pleasant afternoon with a friend at a HiFi Show held at two hotels by Heathrow airport. Lots of systems being demonstrated. Lots of hi-end kit to drool over. For me the highlights were a fantastic demo of a 14,000 watt surround sound system using Bryston amps and the PMC MB2 XBD and a demo of the Wilson WATT/Puppy 7 speakers (only £22,000) paired with Theta amps. I'm resigned to the fact that there's no point upgrading any of my HiFi components until I find an optimal position for the speakers and treat the room acoustically. The acoustics right now are miserable: bright and lots of hard reflections. We sat through an interesting seminar on acoustic treatment in which the speaker recommended that sound absorption should be avoided in favour of sound dispersal. This is mainly because sound absorption varies by frequency so trying to absorb the sound changes the tonality.

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