2002 CES Report
(Stereophile, April, 2002)
Lamm Industries debuted the
tube LP2 phono stage ($6690) at T.H.E. Expo, in a system that included Lamm M1.1
amps and an L2 line stage. Vinyl playback was via a Walker Audio
Proscenium Gold Signature turntable ($23,000). Speakers were the Kharma
Extended References ($95,000). I hit Lamm's large room the morning of Day
1, which was a few days after the concrete had been poured for the floor of the
room (the hotel was brand new) and before there was decent electrical service; a
generator outside was providing the juice while the fire alarm warning light
flashed and a recorded voice advised us to vacate the premises. So don't
expect me to comment on the sound! The Walker turntable, however, looked
much improved visually and mechanically, as tinkerer Lloyd Walker never
rests. The tonearm parts no longer look like plumbing fixtures, and the
bright brass plating had given way to a cooler brushed look.
Lamm and Walker were also to be
found at the CES's "official" high-end audio venue, the Alexis Park
hotel. Lamm spun LPs using a magnificent-looking, industrial-grade EMT
Studio 927 turntable fitted with a 12" SME 3012 tonearm and another arm I
couldn't identify. No, the EMT is not back in production -- it was bought
from a European radio station.
[Michael Fremer, p. 48].
2002 CES Report
(Stereophile, May, 2002)
Gear from Lamm Industries
glowed brightly in several rooms with their trademark
6C33Cs. At their room at the Alexis Park one could hear and enjoy the
Kharma Grand Ceramiques ($45,000) running on ML1 monoblocks ($19,000/pair) and
the exquisite L2 Reference line-level preamplifier ($13,690, reviewed in May
2001). I fixed an eye on the C.E.C. TL 1X CD transport ($5700) feeding a
dCS Elgar Plus D/A converter ($14,500). Positively yummy sound.
Lamm's other big news was the introduction of the LP2 phono preamp, which
Comrade Fremer will scrutinize in near future.
[Jonathan Scull, p. 63]