Coverage of HI-FI ’99: Standout Room Report
“The 1999 CES was the debut for one of Avalon’s most costly speakers, the Sentinel, while HI-FI ’99 showcased one of the company’s least expensive models — to great musical effect. Muse electronics, including the Eight/296 24/96 DVD combo, drove the Avalon Arcus speakers. Cables were Cardas Neutral Reference, and the analog source was the new Immedia Revolution turntable with RPM tonearm and Lyra Parnassus cartridge. An API Power Wedge Ultra 116 and Ultra Enhancer 2 finished off the system.
Expansive and tonally right, the Arcus sounded like a much bigger and more costly speaker. The sponsors of the room took tuning seriously — ASC products were in abundance.