RMAF 2014: Phase Technology and McIntosh Labs







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Logo - Blue VectorPhase Technology was showing their PC60A stand-mount loudspeakers ($1,400/pair) side-by-side with the Induction Dynamics ID1 ($14,000/pair).

Since the much-larger ID1, with its dual powered-subs, was not on deck for audio duties during my tour, I got treated to a very fulsome sounding system with “the little guy” fronting. The little stand-mounts, called the “Classic Audiophile” edition, is a little odd-looking. The first thing to see, past the rather vanilla casework, is that the mid/woofer driver looks for all the world like a passive radiator. That can’t be right, thought I, listening. I mean, there is real bass happening! Turns out, I wasn’t just hallucinating (it could happen) — that driver is not a passive — it’s just a totally flat driver that the literature calls “a 6.5″ Glass fiber / RPF™ Composite Solid Piston w/ NBR Surround”. Alrighty then. Mystery solved.

Given that I wasn’t really sure what to make of this room from the get-go, I still found it fun. Overall, I thought sound was warm, if just a bit tipped up, but given both the limits of the room and the size of the loudspeakers, I didn’t have much to complain about. Stereophile recently reviewed this speaker, so I’ll defer to them on the specs and design.

An Oppo BDP-105 and McIntosh Labs MT-10 turntable ($10,500) fed into a McIntosh C2500 tube pre ($7,000) and from thence to a MC452 stereo power amp ($8,500). Kimber Kable wired up the system.

I fully intended to get back around to this room, to see if the bigger speakers would take a bow, but it just didn’t happen.

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Scot started all this back in 2009. He is currently the Publisher here at PTA, the Publisher at The Occasional Magazine, and the Executive Producer at The Occasional Podcast. There are way too many words about him over on the Contributors page.