The president of Silbatone, Manho Ho of South Korea, first gave a demo with male and female voices (Buble’ and Krall), and pointed out that horns are advantaged with vocal music. Then, he went on and played Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love”. Yes, that’s right, a 1926 field coil horn system rocking the house with Zeppelin. A true, heard-nowhere-else-at-the-show, wall of sound.
Beer in hand, Mr. Ho explained that field coils have no distortion, while modern permanent-magnet speakers show distortion ranging from 10 to 20%. The performance was powered by Silbatone electronics including L101 preamp, RP300B final and DA-105 native DSD DAC (Foobar software). Thomas Schick provided a turntable with plinth made by slate and Silvercore of Germany provided the mains conditioner.
This room alone was worth the ticket to Munich.