Cuttin-Edge, On-the-Spot Reporting

March 30-31, 2012

The Sound

This is what it's all about. Dialed in. Warmed up. Ultra tweaked. Here's what I heard.

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The System Shots

The TWBAS 2012 system is made up of products from seven manufacturers from five countries: Vitus Audio (Denmark), WideaLab (Korea), Magico (USA), AudioQuest (USA), Silent Running Audio (USA), Esoteric (Japan), and Torus Power (Canada). The retail price of the system approaches $500,000 USD. Profiles on all the products can be found through this link.

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Company (Wo)Men

SoundStage! Network publisher Doug Schneider photographed each of the TWBAS 2012 participants with their products. Featured in this gallery: Hans-Ole Vitus (Vitus Audio), Charles Kim (WideaLab), Tim Crable (Esoteric), Alon Wolf (Magico), Howard Gladstone (Torus Power), and Jett Logan (AudioQuest). (Unfortunately, Kevin Tellekamp of Silent Running Audio, whose racks were used to support the electronics in this system, could not attend on this day.)

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The Portraits

Photographer Chris Lang created portraits of the company participants, as well as the entire TWBAS 2012 team. (Unfortunately, Kevin Tellekamp of Silent Running Audio, whose racks were used to support the electronics in this system, could not attend on this day.)

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The Gathering

On March 30, the SoundStage! Network hosted a gathering at the Port Land Grille restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina. TWBAS 2012 corporate participants were all present, as were a large number of writers from the SoundStage! Network staff. Photographer Chris Lang was on hand to capture the excitement.

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Measurements and a Listening Panel

Setting up the Magico Q7 loudspeakers for TWBAS 2012 meant more than just placing them in the room, listening to a few tracks, making an adjustment or two, and then calling it a day. In the case of TWBAS 2012, a listening panel consisting of Vitus Audio's Hans-Ole Vitus, Magico's Alon Wolf, and me, along with three microphones and two software-based measurement programs, were called into service to get the Q7s dialed in to perfection.

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TWBAS 2012 Setup and Kickoff (Video)

TWBAS 2012 setup and kickoff! Produced, shot and edited by Chris Lang Photography. Enjoy!

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TWBAS 2012 Introduction from Las Vegas (Video)

SoundStage! Network editor-in-chief Jeff Fritz introduces the companies and components that make up TWBAS 2012, a cost-no-object system that will be showcased in his Music Vault listening room from March 30-31.

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