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   September 22, 2004   

$130,000 Model NOT Most Expensive Speaker - A couple weeks back we reported on the Poseidon speaker system from Denmark’s Gryphon Audio. Their claim was they had the world’s most expensive loudspeaker at $130,000 U.S. and we questioned that. Rightly so, because first of all the top Wilson Audio system beats that figure, and now German horn speaker specialist Acapella Audio Arts has introduced their Sphäron Excalibur - which we see on the left - at $270,000 U.S.! Seven feet seven inches high, weighs 1360 lbs. per speaker, has four 15-inch woofers each channel, can fill a room of 40 square yards minimum size with only a 15-watt Class A amp. You can have the horns painted any color that German automotive paint comes in, and there’s lots of option in cabinet color and finish.

Tara Labs Raided - Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (part of the Department of Homeland Security), with Ashland police, invaded high end audio cable maker Tara Labs in Ashland, Oregon earlier this month. Seizing more than $600K worth of cables plus documents and computers, the warrant said that investigators believe Tara Labs had put labels saying U.S.-made on cables actually manufactured offshore - which would be a violation of federal law barring the fraudulent introduction of goods into the U.S. Tara Labs’ founder and CEO Matthew Bond said the company hadn’t known of the labeling problem and that the products in question were destined for markets outside the U.S. He said they thought if cables produced in Asia were finished with connectors made in the U.S. and packaged here they could be labeled as U.S.-made. CEOs of other high end cable companies expressed concern over the publicity for their industry, which has burgeoned with expansion into home theater and auto markets and has the highest markup of any AV products.

New Dutch AV Magazine - Audio and home theater enthusiasts in Holland have a new magazine to read: VI-FI. The publication was initiated by two Dutch audio journalists and will cover everything related to quality reproduction of music and movies, from digital music servers to vacuum tube gear.

New CD Copy Protection System - Koch Records has released their first CD to incorporate the new MediaMax CD Copy Management Technology from SunnComm. It is a collection of cover tunes by Boyz To Men. The system allows buyers to legally and easily copy songs from the CD to their personal computer or portable hard drives, as well as to email music tracks to friends and family - which the label sees as a great form of viral marketing. Each label can determine how many legal backup copies of a particular CD may be made before copying is prevented.

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