In the spirit of curiosity, I want to present the Laufer Teknik “The Note,” a $32,500/pair line array that features approximately 10,000 one-inch drivers suspended by a single thread!
Okay, no, that’s not what happened here, but the illusion was pretty compelling a variety of fronts. One, there are a lot of drivers on those noodles and, two, the sound here was crazy (crazy good). My favorite bit was walking in between the two precariously slender Laufer Teknik columns … and having the stereo sound field follow me around with creepy stability. Nifty!
Words and Photos by Scot Hull
Paired here with an SVS SB3000 subwoofer, The Note, here an “Apple White” (my words), is 2″ wide, 2.5″ deep, and 87″ tall, weighing in at 40lbs per side. That’s impressive for something with an “omni” sound field.
A pair of Benchmark AHB2 amplifiers ($3299 each), with a pair of Benchmark DAC3 B ($1799), an “Elephant” Memory Player from Laufer Teknik ($12500), a set of “Liquid” speaker cables, also from Laufer Teknik ($8500/set), more intereconnects from Benchmark, and a DEQx HDP4 processor (note: new products are coming this fall).
I have no idea who this setup is for, but it was interesting! Those Laufer Teknik line arrays do disappear, and the rest of the gear was relatively modest in price (comparatively). With the insertion of quality room DSP, I can imagine many impossible things becoming possible, but this was a fun demo.
If you would like to hear even more coverage from AXPONA 2023, check out our recap report and highlights from our audiophile-oriented show The Occasional Podcast. You can stream the episode direct from the embed below, or from your favorite podcast platform including iTunes, Android, Google, Deezer, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more.
Also don’t forget to check out our collaboration to commemorate the event with our solid bronze record weight available only for a limited run. This 800 grams of solid bronze features the PTA roundel on the top with also acts as a 45 adapter. You can purchase direct from the PTA Approved Store here on the site.