Here's follow-up from the recent Capital Audio Fest. The Absolute Sound sent at least two people to the show. One of them, Andrew Quint, had some nice things to say about two different speakers. Both are Dennis Murphy designs.
First, the Philharmonic Audio BMR Towers
is a DC-area company but definitely not one of the “tinkerers” that Alan referred to above. The brand doesn’t have a dealer network but has a worldwide constituency for its speakers. The new BMR Tower
($3700) is a transmission-line design employing a Revelator woofer to produce a reported in-room response down to 25Hz. In a system including a Topping
DAC and preamp and a Hypex SMPS1200A400
power amplifier, the speakers fared extremely well on both large-scale orchestral and chamber music. On the basis of sonics alone, the speakers are a bargain; add in the exquisite carpentry and finish and they become an incredible bargain."
Next was the Salk BePure 2. The photo, unfortunately, was not of the the speaker, but of a 40 wpc tube amp used to drive the BePure 2. The amp cost more than the speakers!
"Time spent in a Salk Sound
room rarely disappoints. Jim and Mary Salk were playing a two-and-a-half way floorstander, priced at $6000, that’s so new that it doesn’t actually have an official model designation. (Salk was leaning towards BePure 2
—because the speaker has a beryllium tweeter and utilizes two 6″ woofers sourced from Purifi in Denmark.) Amplification was provided by a McGary Audio SA2
($7985), a Class AB Ultralinear output-stage stereo tube amplifier that puts out an honest 40Wpc into an 8-ohm load, when KT88 tubes are used. The DAC was an Exogal Comet
($2500). As always, the caliber of the woodworking and finish was second to none. Natalie Merchant’s rendition of “The Peppery Man” with a gospel quartet was completely absorbing."
Andrew Quint’s Best Of Show
Best Sound of CAF 2021
Capital Audio Fest 2021 | Andrew Quint -
The Voice that Is: Ideon/TIDAL/SiltechBest New Product
Salk Audio BePure 2 loudspeaker
“Actually Fairly Inexpensive” division:
Philharmonic Audio BMR Tower loudspeaker ($3700/pair).
“It’s All Relative” division:
Alta Audio Alec loudspeaker ($10,000/pair)
Not bad for 3 day's of work!
Another TAS writer had more to report, including mention of the $85,000 Kharma Midi Equisite speakers. I only mention that because @Mikado463
had asked about them.
Capital Audio Fest 2021 | Alan Taffel - Let me get this out of the way first: Trade shows are back, baby! The long famine is over! Woohoo!