Hansen Audio - THE EMPEROR E
"I want to tip my hat to Lars Hansen, who just knocked me out with the introduction of, not one, but TWO products at this years CES show, THE PRINCE E and THE EMPEROR E loudspeakers. Introducing any product at one of these shows is hard enough, yet this year, he introduced two-and both of them landed on my short list of the best... That is a feat worth noting..."
"The world debut of the beautiful Hansen THE EMPEROR E loudspeaker.
What a stunning sounding room! Joe Kubala and Howard Sosna have paired up with Lars Hansen previously, most memorably in 2010, when Lars introduced THE GRAND MASTER loudspeakers. While they constantly put together one of the best sounding rooms at this event, this year's assemblage was perhaps the most remarkable yet.
This system's overwhelming strengths were its overall accuracy, timbral integrity, tonal balance, and the resulting presence. In this room, you were literally transported back to the venue and the time of the recorded event. Ambient information, imaging and staging cues, and the complex layering of compositions were effortlessly sorted out and presented with a coherence, articulation, and a voicing that utterly moved me emotionally.
There was an unavoidable magic and vibrancy in this room. I'm not sure I've ever heard more accurate voicing of a system as a whole. Sounds just launched into the space of the room, with such energy and vibrancy that you had to make a concerted effort NOT to dance..."