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HTS 2015 Amplifier Evaluation Event Preparation Thread

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Announcing the final preparations phase for the HTS 2015 Amplifier Evaluation Event.

  • Primary Event Goals - Evaluation of High-End Amplifiers
    • Krell Duo 175
    • Pass Labs 150.8
    • Parasound HALO A31
    • Sunfire TGA-7401
    • Denon X5200 AVR.
  • Additional Goals
    • Comparison of Dirac Live to Audyssey XT32
    • Review of Spatial Audio Hologram M1 Turbo v2 speakers, the main amplifier evaluation speakers for the event, courtesy of Clayton Shaw, Spatial Audio
    • Review of Chane A5rx-c, courtesy of Jon Lane, Chane Music Cinema, if they ever get them off the ship in California
  • Date: Thursday evening, March 12th through Saturday evening, March 14th.
  • Place: Cedar Creek Cinema, Alabama, hosted by Sonnie Parker.
  • Evaluation Panel: Joe Alexander, Leonard Caillouet, Sonnie Parker, Wayne Myers
This has been pretty much under the radar until now, but we are moving into final preparations phase, so are ready to open it up for comments and suggestions by moderators, reviewers, and administrators. For now we are not ready to go public on the forum. We will do so soon, when the main equipment is in hand. Of course we will make it a big deal, like the speaker evaluation events, with a thread to get attention, an event thread with posting from the event, and full writeups after, and expect a lot of attention.

It is a labor of love. All costs are being paid for by those involved. So suggestions that involve additional costs are welcome, but will probably be rejected if not an absolute necessity for success of the goals of the event. A number of sponsors are supplying equipment, they will be credited for their generosity.

Spatial Audio Hologram M1 Turbo v2 Evaluation Speakers

I heard these at RMAF last fall and was really impressed.
  • Type: Compact 2-way, point source, open-baffle, dynamic driver, controlled directivity
  • Chassis: 5 layer Aluminum Composite / MDF
  • Driver compliment: Two 15 inch mid/woofers, one wide bandwidth compression driver
  • Crossover: 800Hz - Hologram Passive Network
  • Frequency Response: 32Hz - 20kHz +/- 3dB
  • Sensitivity: 95dB (Version 2) at 4Ω - averaged across 200Hz to 5kHz at 1M - on axis
  • Impedance: 4Ω nominal, 3Ω minimum, low phase angle
  • Dimensions: 36T x 20W x 3D inches (plus magnet depth), 50 lbs.

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