“Top 6 systems for me:
Nr 6: Alactrity Audio
A relative newcomer to the audio world, Alacrity were here this year demonstrating their newly developed Caterhun Classic stand mount loudspeaker. I’d passed their room several times, each time being impressed with what seemed to be emanating from the open door, and on my third “pass” I decided to go in and find out more. What I heard from little stand mounters was impressive. Very good bass extension, the little ‘speakers literally running full range. Considering the very modest source and amplification components* the sound was very well balanced if a little roug around the edges (which I suspect was more to do with what was connected to the speakers than because of them). The makers claimed that these little speakers employ new technology based upon something called a Helmholtz Resonator to generate their amazing frequency response, which they also claim is flat from sub 20Hz to 20KHz.
*(a laptop which had “lost” all the music they’d brought so they resorted to using it’s CD drive and 3 of their CDs plus an –tube thingy amp which they confessed they’d paid £200 from Amazon for just to bring to the show!)
I think that these guys did themselves a disservice though by not hooking up the speakers to better quality ancillaries and bringing more music with them, but their enthusiasm was hard to fault!”
We paid a lot for that, LOL!