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Ah - the good old battleship grey Cambridge Audio livery. It was panned by the reviewers, as were the buttons on the CD player (they described them as reminiscent of poking dead flesh). Very unfair, b

R5s arrived:  

Maybe not Speaker Porn these days, but back In the day these were pretty hawt.  Altec Model 19. Woofer: 15” 416  , Mid/high compression driver: 802 , Sectoral horn: 811 Very efficient: rated

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Had a great evening of listening at a AES ( Audio Engineering Society) SF event.

It was held at the new Coast Mastering facility in the Fantasy Records building in Berkeley.

http://www.coastmastering.com/

The pictures don't really show how big the surround room is with three big ass Focal Utopias up front and a couple of really nice Focal LS-9's in the rear channels. It is huge and high!

The smaller mastering suite isn't too shabby either. Probably the best imaging I've witnessed.

There were about a dozen of us and we were asked to bring projects to share. I guess if I'd really thought about it I might have realized that just about everyone there were industry veterans with amazing recordings somewhere along the way to being released.

The first guy had an orchestral/choral premier that was recorded at the new San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

There were several engineers from Fantasy and one had a fresh jazz mix for a release from Concord. He couldn't say who the players were but they were killing!

There was plenty of shop talk between tracks and I'm happy to say that only a little bit was "totally" over my head. I was also relieved that my recording wasn't ripped.

We ended the night doing comparisons of the stereo and surround versions of the latest "Amused to Death".

Not worthy!

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Very cool.

I'm a big Focal fanboy, and can only fantasize about hearing a surround facility with Focal Utopias.  One of these days, I'll get myself a pair of big Focals.  My very realistic goal for a long time was a pair of simple 3-ways...Alto?  Diva?...something like that.

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On 10/6/2015 at 6:24 PM, Grahame said:

B&O were always innovative, and produced great looking stuff that produced real sound quality.  Back in the day (1972/3) I worked on a Saturday in an audio store in Newcastle (UK).  The Beogram 4000 had just been introduced with a parallel tracking arm.  Apart from zero tracking error, the customer benefit was its total immunity to mistracking as a result of shock.  I used to demonstrate that by thumping the deck as hard as I could with my fist while a record was playing.  It was one hell of a deck.

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Back in the day B&O were excellent but now, not so much.  Ever since the 80's they have been on a steady downward spiral.  Since the last two distributors for them in Iceland have been friends of the family I've seen the insides of most of their gear and yeah... it's not good.  The Icepower stuff is quite good but they have a pretty warped world view. 

The old stuff is amazing though.  My aunt still uses one of those table top systems since the 70's and it works great to this day. 

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