I was afraid to see or hear them because I had left my welder's helmet at home, and my sunglasses back in the hotel room.
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Slawney. I just posted positives for you. I must say that I now regret even more not having heard these at last years CES. For those who do not remember, my wife was seriously injured the first show day and I departed to be by her side, long before reaching all the rooms I had planned to visit.
I will look for White Light Monitor at the 2002 CES if only to experience some of the excitement you described in your fine review.
great review Slawney. Now I'll have to go hide in the closet until it's safe to listen to my system again.....$38000? In Canadian dollars that would be be,,,oh my, more than a mortgage.....where are those lottery tickets? Seriously, I enjoyed hearing about your impression of these speakers. Well done. Cheers, Bluenose
Thank you all for taking this review kindly (I am purring as audibly as a full-grown cat when it has its fur smoothed in the right way by skillful hands.)
Albertporter, you certainly would have been an excellent listener for the WLMs and I would have been deeply interested in your judgement of them. But I can well understand how the thought of the injury of your wife would not allow you to contemplate the fascinating exhibits pulsating at CES. I personally would have felt like a drop of water imprisoned in a crystal (as good an image as any of the human being in relation to its impassible restrictions) if I had stayed at CES in your circumstances. You had a perfectly clear sense of what to do. I hope that your wife is in good health now.
Gregm wants the identity of the digital sources: the exhibitors used the Ensemble Dichrono CD transport and dCS Delius/Purcell DAC/upsampler. The WLM speakers were exhibited as part of an exhibit of Harmonix tuning devices: the cables were Harmonix.
To avoid misunderstanding, I did not hear the WLMs at CES (although they were certainly there), but at Frankfurt High End 2001, and I heard them more than once, scattered over several listening sessions. (Posts from those who heard the WLM in Franfkurt--or anywhere else--are warmly invited... "cela va sans dire".) In between, I heard a great many other systems: systems in which to look for nuances would be a waste of time; and others where the will to perfection was driven to such extremes that it frightened me. The VAIC/WLM system was one of the latter.