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New from McIntosh, their XR27 speakers, seen here with company representative Sally Goff. The XR27 are everything that one has come to expect from McIntosh, beauty, form and functionally. The speakers contain five 1” dome tweeters, four 8” woofers and a 6.5” midrange. Capable of handling 1200watts, they can be mounted just about anywhere, either vertically or horizontally. Although self-supporting, optional bases are available if they are intended to be used as floor-standers. M.S.R.P. is $5,000 each.

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Artistic Audio unveiled a speaker they call the Mobius, seen here with company president John Larsen. A black ball atop a stand of metal enclosure, these speakers are sure to delight those not only interested in sound but looks as well. Sonically they sport a patented technology that according to the supplied literature allow for true 360-degree sound. While I can’t claim to have heard that from these speakers, their 45Hz – 20,000Hz rated frequency response is certainly worth more then a casual listen. Targeted at the mid-fidelity marketplace, they certainly should find many homes in the years ahead.

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The new Model 150 amplifiers powered Red Rose Audio’s Rosebud 2 speakers. The Rosebuds definitely didn’t seem to mind having 75watts of power behind them, nor, with eyes closed, did they sound like bookshelf speakers. In fact, their small stature might make someone rethink their bias towards larger floor standing models. Sitting atop optional floor stands, these $3,500/pair speakers would likely make even the most difficult to please audiophile happy and were definitely worth a listen, even in the acoustically challenged rooms of the Alexis Park.

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IMF Audio, a company making their debut at CES 2003, showed their new Musica Model 25 loudspeakers at their suite in the Alexis Park. Decidedly modern, at least the examples at the show, they will be available in a variety of sizes and colors in the months ahead explained CEO Shayne Tenace. Built on years of speaker design, according to IMF the Musica range embrace all the lessons learned from their years in the business. The Musica series will be priced from $700-$6,000 depending on model and finish. []

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Latest additons 7th February 2003:

Panamax Power Conditioning
Xplore Solutions A/V Control
EAD Theatermaster Studio
Focal-JMLab Utopia Loudspeakers
McCormack DVD-Audio/SACD Player
Martin Logan Clarity & Scripti
Artistic Audio & Red Rose Audio
IMF Audio Musica Model 25
Philips, Pioneer & Sharp DVD-R/RW
Opus Distributed Audio
Audio Aero Prestige A/V Player
Philips DVDR80 DVD+RW Recorder
Lexicon Home Theater Products
DVD Entertainment Group Dinner
Universal Remote Control MX-3000
Xantech System Control Products
McIntosh MVP851 DVD-Audio Player
Von Schweikert VR-S/1 Subwoofer
Von Schweikert VR-1 & VR-4SE
Zu Druid 2 & Gallo Acoustics
2003 Panasonic DVD-Video Players
Universal DVD-Audio/SACD Players
Arcam Home Theater Products
Stillpoints Isolation Products
Panasonic e-Wear & LCD Monitor
SACD Press Conference
Clark Synthesis Gold TST329
Guitammer BKA1000-4 Amplifier
Dynaudio Contour Loudspeakers

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