for our HE'2006 Picture Gallery
Coolest Tunes @ the Show
Jun 3, 2006, 5:55 PM ET — by Stephen Mejias
Elina Lamm spinning discs in the very
smooth Lamm Industries
suite. It gets my vote for Most Comforting Music at the Show.
Louis Armstrong, take me
Posted Fri Jun 2,
2006, 9:32 PM ET — by John Atkinson
Front-end in the Lamm
room, with a system featuring Lamm tubed electronics driving Wilson
Sophia 2 speakers, was this gorgeous turntable from French company
Metronome, the Gaia, fitted with a Graham Phantom tonearm and a Lyra
Entertainment Show 2006 in
by Danny Kaey
I get into the various rooms, I wanted to make special note of an event,
which took place at one of the many fine Kubala-Sosna rooms at the show:
mastering guru and overall super nice guy Steve Hoffman's two hour
presentation of various mastering projects he has been involved in. I
really want to thank Joe Kubala and Howard Sosna for taking their time and
effort in putting on this special event. I firmly believe that
presentations like this have the power to "convert" far more
people then flashing $50k price tags on a pair of loudspeakers (as the
crowds inside and outside the room proved quite handily). This particular
room featured Wilson Audio Sophia's, Lamm electronics and Metronome
digital and analog front-ends, cabled all throughout with Kubala-Sosna's
mighty fine and quite amazing "Emotion" series of cables.
Steve's use of the KS cables in his professional line of work speaks
volumes about the quality of these cables, and after I had a chance to
sample them in my own reference system, I can only agree. Steve's master
tape excerpts sounded so utterly amazing and "there" that I
could have stayed in the room for the entire weekend, never mind the two
hours Steve held for the demo.
The Show of Shows: Home
Entertainment Show 2006 in Los Angeles
by Robert H. Levi
A stop by the Lamm room was
surprising! There was Vladimir Lamm in person! What a gentleman! We heard
his astounding Lamm ML 1.1 and 1.2 amps, L2 preamp, LP phono, Wilson
Sophia speakers, Metronome Gaia Turntable, Kalista transport, and C2
Signature CD players from France, Kubala-Sosna cables, and Audiophile
racks and stands. Whoa! This was one swell sound and great fun. I could do
some serious shopping in this suite I assure you!
The newest Metronome CD
players look incredible and sound excellent. The two box exotic units are
real eye candy. Both up sample to 24/192 and feature balanced and single
Wilson, Kubala-Sosna, and Metronome (tmh Audio - Jim Ricketts)
Gaia turntable from Metronome...
Metronome Kalista CD transport...
Metronome and Lamm electronics. Very good stuff and it sounded very nice
Wilson Sophia II, Lamm ML1.1 amplifiers with Lamm M1.2 hybrid amplifiers
The Lamm room was excellent sounding as usual. The
purpose of this system, as it is with most of their show systems, is to
show that popular speakers can sound good when properly setup and driven
with Lamm equipment. Sounding good in this case means a very balanced mix
of Sophistication, Emotionality, Impressiveness, Naturalness, Enjoyability,
and Realism. There is only very little Sweetness, and Magic is not usually
obtainable, in our opinion, with the speakers they exhibit at shows with.
This year, this room paired the Lamm ML1.1 push-pull 90
watt amplifiers with the Wilson Sophia 2 loudspeakers. Vladimir Lamm,
looking 10 years younger than the last time we saw him, was spinning LPs
like mad on the new Metronome turntable. Playing almost exclusively
classical music, this system got a workout and sounded amazingly able to
handle whatever was thrown at it (including some Stevie Ray Vaughn). In a
smaller room, this system would likely be quite Impressive, the desire for
which is one of the primary reason people buy these speakers.
We got to hear the Lamm M1.2 hybrid 100 watt amplifiers
on the Sophia 2 loudspeakers in this room as well. Our preference, in this
room and this system, was for the ML1.1, it having a more open sound and
organic dynamics in the midrange, and only sacrificing a little
solid-state 'slam' in the lowest registers.
Lamm*, Metronome, Wilson, Kubala-Sosna Room pictures.
June 16, 2006
HE2006: Lamm, Metronome, Wilson
of France makes absolutely gorgeous space-age CD players and turntables.
Shown are the $20,000 Kalista CD player above and the Gaia turntable
below. Can anyone guess what the speakers were? Yup, Wilson Sofias.
Lamm drove the Wilsons
with their ML1.1 tube amps and M1.2 tube hybrid amps. More pictures of
the Lamm equipment next page.
Danny Kaey prays to the Lamm gods.