STEREO TIMES - CES 2001 - SHOW REPORT - Ayon 52B Mono - by Henry Wilkenson

The last room that I visited housed the Lumen White / Ayon setup. The Lumen White Light speakers are a five-driver, three-way monitor system in handsome 1.2-inch maple wood cabinets and are not cheap with a sticker price at $28,000. If you were to look down at these speakers from the top, they would appear to be somewhat bottle shaped. From the front, both sides are curved inward so as to form a small rectangle at the rear. This unusual shape is probably what accounts for the absence of any audible cabinet resonance done through a very unusually shaped cabinet. The claimed frequency response is 28 Hz to 35 kHz. The nominal impedance is 4 ohms with a sensitivity of 91.5 dB. Active shielding eliminates noise. The design calls for no other cabinet damping. The crossover is likewise kept simple.

Driven by the Ayon 52B single-ended, class A, tube monoblocks, the sound of this system bordered on sonic magic. The speaker's coherence is amazing given the fact that it uses five drivers. The bass was the best I've heard from any one box system as well as a number of systems incorporating outboard subs. The midrange was quite smooth and transparent, with a sweet top. The overall tonal balance was just on the warm side, which is fine with me. Of course this sonic manna does not come cheap: the White Lights go for $35,000 and the Ayon 52B's for $18,000 the pair. If you ever get to hear this combo, you will understand why.

STEREOPHILE SHOW NY - 5/2001 - Ayon 52B Mono - by Dr. Gizmo


Tenor Audio’s OTLs designed by Michel Vanden Broeck. As far as I can tell, right now…and remember I haven’t yet auditioned these amps…but have only briefly heard them and talked to Michel…there are now two masters of output transformerless amplifiers: Berning and Broeck…and they are completely different, completely unique and both totally insane and right. My report about these 15 watt per channel OTLs will happen ASAP. These could be $15K rockets to the edge of rock and roll hyperspace.

Ayon SET amps: I have been describing the unique aural matrix of an all DHT signal path, and Ayon has finally exploited his completely unique vision of DHT mystery by creating an amp that combines his DHT voltage amplifiers and driver tubes with his high powered DHT output tube with his own brand of tube rectifier. This is, as far as I can tell the most refined implication of the SET art form that is available. I only heard for a minute. But I know the taste of a watermelon’s clitoris, and demanding a pair for review. Look for my comments in July. Not cheap, but less than $20 million for a trip into outerspace.

LAMHORN 1.8: If you are into the One Way Way this is the Way you should sway.

Roman Audio Systems’ Speakers: Exploiting the Kimber Diaural crossover network confirmed for me the rumors that "Ray Kimber Must Die"…because if this crossover is right, then most others are wrong…but you know my feelings about passive crossover design turdosity. This speaker is a major achievement at $5.5K. Take it seriously. I heard them with sand amps and they sounded great. Can you imagine what they would sound like with good tube amps? Who knows?

STEREO TIMES - CES 2001 - SHOW REPORT - Ayon 52B Mono - by Clement Perry

Finally, Best Sound at Show!

The award had to go to two rooms, Halcro and Ayon / Lumen White. They were just too good for one to be judged against the other. The solid-state Halcros created the same sound I heard at Singapore Show. It was quite a relief to be able to prove to the guys that I wasn’t fantasizing. The Ayon / Lumen White room was a pleasant surprise. Here was a sound, all tube mind you, as good as it gets. Considering the room’s pinched dimensions, distributor and key setup man for Lumen White, provided gobs of space and depth to what would have proved to less skillful souls a near-impossible feat. No small credit go to the Ayon 52 monoblock SE amplifiers. This combination sang -- time and phase coherency and freedom from electronic artifact combined to a stunning result. Our own Lou "Left Channel" Lanese has the amplifiers in-house for review and will give you his impressions soon. I am trying to get the Lumen White speakers for review. Stay tuned.