Would love to hear those speakers!
I'd be interested in any reports from that event.
Perhaps those who want to hear speakers priced from $3k to $8k
they will want to attend Speakerfest Saturday June 29th 10-4pm
in Scottsdale, AZ. We push the envelope at $17k with the Sanders
electrostatics which many people feel are the last word not only
in electrostatics but all speakers. AZAVCLUB.com.
8600 E. Andersen Dr, Scottsdale, AZ . $10 fee to defray costs.
I went and thought they sounded great with the caveat that its a huge, loft style store and there were like 30 people there so ambient level was high.
They soundstaged better than expected, just wish we could have tested out the massive bass more (one cut hit it and the entire crowd turned around). Tonality was considerably more refined and pure than his existing speakers and the speaker is very dynamic.
I was not at the event, but I visited Common Wave a few months ago while visiting LA. The owner Wes was extremely nice, and he has a mouthwatering selection of gear. That said, I agree that the warehouse/loft layout that he has in the store isn't really ideal for auditioning.
In that space, I thought the (original) O/96 sounded a bit dry and sterile. I'm not sure if it was the listening space or the Nagra electronics, or both. In his shop I thought the Marten speakers powered by EAR electronics sounded better. But that's getting a bit off topic.