The award had to go to two rooms, Halcro and Viac / Lumen White. They were just too good for one to be judged against the other. The solid-state Halcros created the same sound I heard at Singapore Show. It was quite a relief to be able to prove to the guys that I wasn’t fantasizing. The Viac / Lumen White room was a pleasant surprise. Here was a sound, all tube mind you, as good as it gets. Considering the room’s pinched dimensions, distributor and key setup man for Lumen White, Hartmut Roemer, provided gobs of space and depth to what would have proved to less skillful souls a near-impossible feat. No small credit go to the Viac 52 monoblock SE amplifiers. This combination sang -- time and phase coherency and freedom from electronic artifact combined to a stunning result. Our own Lou "Left Channel" Lanese has the amplifiers in-house for review and will give you his impressions soon. I am trying to get the Lumen White speakers for review. Stay tuned.

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2001 CES - Best In Show