They use a single driver made by Feastrex in Japan.
Unfortunately, they were not live at the Show, so I cannot give you a listening review, but my experience with Fostex single driver designs makes me confortable with saying that they have to be amazing. I will try to get a pair home for a proper review later in 2013. They are distributed in Australia by Audio Salon.
Obviously, they have got the right tools for the cabinets, but in this case they also have come up with an inventive design.
I first noticed them during my rushed visit of T.H.E Show in Vegas last January but didn't have the time for a proper listen. This time I had a double audition and a chat by both the Technical Director and the Export Sales Director. The originality of the design is in the fact that only the tweeter is on the front baffle and the midrange and woofer are on the side of the cabinet. Although unorthodox, it does work and gives a very nice holographic image.
Also well driven by the Thrax tube amplifiers reviewed earlier.
A beautiful looking and sounding combination.
As a serious implementation of the open baffle principles, complete with class D amplifiers and DSP equalisation, they are a serious rival to the Ocean and Sphere from our French friends at Cabasse, and in the same price range. They share with Cabasse and Wisdom (see below) the Palme d'Or for anti-WAF design, Wisdom being the worse of the lot but the sweetest and most amazing of the three...
But you have to command the guys at Kyron for being passionate, persistent and professional.
They certainly deserve a listen and plenty goodwill, as they have spend a good deal of research, time and money on this fabulous piece of engineering.
NAIM's BMR speakers - Ovation
These are mighty speakers by a reputable company which made its name with amazing amplification in the 80s, often paired with Linn turnable and speakers.
NAIM is now French (ah, ah...) as it is owned by Focal, but rest assured the local management is still very Scottish: just listen to Doug, the Sales Manager (in the photo) and try to decipher his lovely Glaswegian accent... It is just another example of the rekindling of the Auld Alliance between the French and the Scotts against the English.
I have done so some 30 years ago by marrying into the Cassidy clan!
It helps that the boss is always there, cheerful, knowledgeable, informative and patient, conducting his demos with enthusiasm, technical insight and passion, ready to take an order on the spot.
Some of the larger speakers are less convincing that the smaller ones, but I am biased as I will always trade bass extension for imaging and transient response...
It is fairly similar in concept to my own Microphase and other like the Karla from Siare or our beloved 4260 Elipson.
Their immaculate cabinetry and clever design translate into one of the best sound, image and veracity at the Show.
I could certainly live with a pair of these at home and they have a very high WAF index, an added bonus!
Taking about bonus, here is another photo from the back: it is like cars, isn't it? If you can get the back to look good, then you are in front!
It does make sweet music, specially teamed up with good valve amplification.
I think I still prefer the Ocellias though, and they are cheaper and smaller too...
And they are a real work of love, art and passion.
If they are not at your local, then move and rush to your nearest dealer for a listen!
Waterfall and Focal were the only two French speaker companies at the Show.
It includes these large planar systems and huge subwoofers.
I have net Jerry, the VP of Sales three times now, in Paris, Vegas and now Sydney.
To come back to the performance of the system, the absence of distortion, the dynamic range, bass extension and overall neutrality are quite outstanding.
The product is destined to custom installers and high-end home theatre installations of audiophile quality.