Techno tour-de-force? Maybe so. The new Sonja 1.3 loudspeakers from YG Acoustics are certainly that. Offered at $106,800, the Sonja is carved from a solid block of aluminum. Okay, maybe not, but you’d be surprised at how close to true that statement is. Check out media partner A/V Showrooms’ trip report to see more of how these monsters come into being. Anyway, the new speakers are fully passive and completely time-aligned — they’re also wickedly fast and can paint a 3-D image with a breathtaking level of detail. They’re amazing.
That said … and I almost hate to say it … but I think I was the only one at CES that wasn’t absolutely mesmerized by the demo [ducking]. My “issue” reminds me of the giant Wilson Audio speakers, too — you know, the ones that seem like they’re looming over you, like a wave about to smash you to tiny little audio bits. There’s a reason for the shape, and I get that, but sitting right there in the sweet spot, front row and center in that not-huge suite in the Venetian, I was … well, I was overwhelmed and not lulled, and I had to get up and move … back. Unfortunately, this room didn’t really have that option. I’d love to hear these speakers when the setup lends itself to a more natural seating arrangement. Still, very promising, and as a super-speaker, YG really does seem intent on staking out a claim to be a very viable alternative to certain other mega-speaker manufacturers.
Shown here with some spectacular-looking Momentum mono amps from D’Agostino ($55k/pair), a Veloce Audio LS-1 Linestage preamp ($18k), and a full dCS Scarlatti system ($80k). $85,000 (!!!) of Kubala-Sosna Elation! cables wired everything together.