CES 07 Show Report Read the article here
There was one room that I must mention and will attempt to do so without seeming like their National Sales Rep . This will be a challenge however.
It is a speaker company called Respons from Sweden. The owner designer is the soft spoken but intelligent and intense Reidar Persson. At near 200 lbs per side and cabinets 2 inches thick, this speaker nearly broke my spine when I did the knuckle rap test. Very well made utilizing top shelf Scanspeak drivers, this speaker was the only other speaker besides the MBL and Acoustic Plan that had me reaching into my back pocket to find my checkbook.
High frequency extension was extraordinary with a delicate whisper that was present when needed. This extension handed off seamlessly to a midrange that held the mystical allure I am addicted to in a system. The Respons speaker was bloody rich and ripe with full harmonic texture yet striking in its delineation of fine detail and nuances of recordings I have memorized. What a balancing act ! Bass was impossibly perfect with the ability to exude creative character to upper bass instruments like bass strings and yet controlled enough to open the floodgates and pound your chest with a driving impact that was an experience to cherish. Someone else thinks highly of their product as the electronics that were provided were all Audio Research including the Ref 3. At 26 k, its is a certified steal. Someone has got to pick this line up for America !