I have known and respected Ken for about 30 years now, so I was quite keen to read his review of the Paris Hifi Show.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to reconnect with him at the Show.
But, I was quite chuffed reading his prose in HiFi News February issue(I always enjoy his prose, as he is a real writer, AND he is not afraid to publish his own opinions...), as we have spotted some of the very same products as being relevant: Vimes, Aerosystem by Jarre, Soledge Maestro, Elipson (bien sur...) and Pierre Riffaud's turntables for instance...
Update on 16/04: Well, I have now received the March issue of HiFi News, and here he is again, showing to the world his collection of gear and software.
I cannot recommend you more than rush to your newsagent and buy your own copy now.
This one will be sold out for sure!
And the good news are that my wife realised that I am not that mad after all !!!
This original system was certainly one of the most "out of the square" system at the show. Since it was a static display, trying its luck occasionally by playing at low levels not to upset the neighbours (and the organiser...), it was difficult to assess its quality properly.
Having said that, Jean-Michel Jarre has all the credentials for it to be a very well designed system. He used to be one of our good clients when I was working at HP Test & Measurement (now Agilent) and he was very well equipped to master the engineering subtleties of such a unique product. It is not trying to be the best system in the World, but it is a very honest attempt to deliver the best possible outcome to IPods and iPhones enthusiasts in a very limited space, which fits the young demographics linked to the Apple frenzy, specially if used with uncompressed files. It is also connectable to a USB stick, or another MP3 player or a turntable equipped with an USB output (like Pro-Ject). It claims a 52Hz to 20KHz range, uses a 135mm woofer firing downwards and two 75mm wideband drivers at 120 degrees from each other, covering a surprinsigly wide listening cone of 260 degrees. It is powered by a 60W and 2 30 watts amplifiers, in essence a triphonic system built into a 1100mm high glass tube with stainless grilles and trims. Certainly a very nice and desirable object to fit a modern minimalist interior...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.