Jim Riddell puts on another fine show at the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival.
We would like to thank him for all his hard work and enthusiasm.
Below is an extract from Jonathon Valins Forum
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest: deHavilland, Mercury & Wilson-Benesch
October 22nd, 2006 By Jonathan Valin
As was the case with the Gershman Black Swans, I’ve not been a fan of Wilson-Benesch loudspeakers, which, in the past, have sounded sumptuously detailed and extremely free of box coloration but overly cool and analytical. Maybe it was the addition of W-B’s own $9500 Torus Infrasonic Generator (soon to be reviewed by moi), maybe it was deHavilland’s $10k GM70 amps and $5k Mercury preamp (plus Cardas cable), but W-B’s newest entry, the $15k 2.5-way floorstanding A.C.T., had all of the virtues of W-B’s former entries (little to no box or driver coloration, an abundance of fine detail) without their flaws. Sweet and beautiful in balance, supremely open, with a front-to-back layering that was scarce on the ground at RMAF, it impressed the heck out of me. I did think the single Torus should have been a pair for best images (and turned down just the slightest bit in amplitude); nonetheless, this was one of the better sounds at RMAF.