2005 Home Entertainment Show report

This years Home Entertainment show proved to be something of a surprise. For the first time in years, I came away with a real sense of optimism for the near term future of the high end. Not only was there good sound to be found, there was an abundance of it. Despite the treacherous conditions in the typical Hilton hotel room, many manufacturers were able to produce excellent results.

As Clement Perry has thoroughly covered the overall show, I want to hand out a few personal mentions to those manufacturers that really caught my attention.

In no particular order…..

Most Balanced Presentation-May Audio and Reimyo... Consisting of the PAT-777 ($24,495) 7-watt amplifier, DAP-777 ($5,195) DAC, CAT-777 ($15,495) preamp, CDP-777 ($15,495) CD player, ALS-777 ($4,195) line conditioner, Harmonix wire and a combination of their prototype D-Bass speaker (photo above/price TBA) in conjunction with the Bravo monitor ($4,295), the sound here was just wonderful. Designer Mr. Kiuchi’s meticulous set up and the use of the perfect sized speaker for the room and system wrought liquidity, color and dynamics that really should not have been possible. A review of the DAC and amplifier are in my future.


Greg Petan


*extraction from www.stereotimes.com/