Today Martin (1970) and I drove down to the Axpona show in Jacksonville. For me the highlight of the show was making some new friends: Don, James, Alex, Angelo, and of course, Bob Carver. I even got the Bobfather's signature on my old C1 preamp and we had a lively discussion about the speaker building psychosis over dinner. We heard the best systems at the show today and nothing else impressed me as much as Bob and James' ALS speakers. Even the gazillion $$$ MBL Radialstrahlers sounded almost lifeless by comparison. And, dare I say it (ouch! this hurts for an ESL builder to admit)-- I preferred the Amazings over ML's flagship CLX electrostats, which I thought were as clean and transparent but lacking the wide sound stage and awesome dynamics of the Amazings. I'm blown away.
Thank you, Martin and my new friends for making my day!
Charlie (a.k.a. Jazzman53)