Between 23rd-25th of September, Tokyo International Forum hosted the 32nd edition of TIAS (Tokyo International Audio Show). This year’s exhibition had about 31 exhibitors and some interesting lectures however it was set in the middle of the week and even with a national holiday on 23rd I’m sure many could not make it.
This year there were some interesting products from Ocean Way, Daniel Hertz, Wilson Benesch, Constellation Audio and DartZeel that i got a chance to listen and inspect visually, but the rest were pretty much same ol’ same ol’. I will get into some details with some of these units and for the rest i kindly ask you to visit the gallery below.
Bowers & Wilkins
In the B&W room i saw displayed details of the top mounted tweeter used in CM6S2 and CM10S2. You can see what the Decoupled Double Dome technology is and the back chamber.
Also pictured is crossover of the smaller models in the CM series. We can see B&W uses first order filters and Mundorf capacitor.
My attention was caught by their Endeavour Loudspeaker first because it features an isobaric bass alignment, something you don’t see very often and second because the enclosure is made from composite carbon material.
In a speech, i was able to capture, they talk about the advantages of composite materials to reduce enclosure resonances and they state their design philosophy. There is also translation in Japanese.
This year they brought the Montecito Reference Monitor System. A 3 way design all aluminum diaphragms so the tweeter dome and the midrange and bass driver’s cone is made of aluminum. The tweeter is loaded by a wood waveguide.
What i liked about this loudspeaker is the high diameter midrange, a 10 inch unit and, in my opinion, a very good choice for crossover points, 160Hz and 1.6kHz.
AMP-150 and CDD-1 were displayed and i really found their aesthetics very pleasing and interesting. The amp is pretty powerful rated at 150W/8 ohms/channel.
Their room was impressive as always with some really good speakers to showcase their electronics. They setup a demo of PS-520 Clean Power Supply unit and i would like to mention it here. For more pictures please check the gallery.
And the system they used with Magico Q3 speakers
I got to see the M8 Speaker System this year. This high efficiency loudspeaker can be used as nearfield monitors with an 8 inch mid-bass driver and a compression driver in a 2 way bass reflex alignment. I was able to get some closeup shots of the drivers. Crossover point is at 2kHz and one speaker weights 25kg.
These were some of the things i liked or i was anticipating to see. Please visit the gallery below for more pictures. I hope you enjoy it.