Show report: CES Las Vegas 2007

System one room 309
LAMM ML2.1 & M1.2 Reference power amplifiers.
LAMM L2 Reference preamplifier.
LAMM LP2 phono preamplifier.

Rest of system: Wilson Audio Watt/Puppy 8 speakers, Metronome C2 Signature D/A converter, Metronome Kalista transport, Metronome Gaia turntable , Kubala-Sosna interconnects and  loudspeaker cables.

ML3 Signature power amplifier with a separate power supply

Steven Hoffman (Tone Audio) — renowned digital remastering engineer
in a 2-hour demo session

Sergei Taranov of Audio magazine (Russia) and Vladimir Lamm

(left to right) Vladimir and Elina Lamm, 
Jean-Francois Fronton and Michel Rousseau of Acoustic Precision (France)
Showstoppers Series 1

Vladimir Lamm began the design work on his single-ended ML3 Signature mono amps over 20 years ago. Each two-chassis amp uses a dozen tubes, including the virtually unknown GM70, to produce 32 triode watts. The GM70’s plate dissipation is a massive 125 watts. The amps were on silent display, and until they start making music, their price will be what draws attention: a cool $126,290 per pair.

Faces & Places
Series 1

Vladimir Lamm explains some of the fine points of his new
ML3  Signature amp to Jeff Fritz

CES Wrap-Up
January 19, 2007

I wrote about all of the demos and gear that caught my ear in Las Vegas except for one. On the last afternoon of the show, Vladimir Lamm played his ML3 Signature amp. Because of supply problems for the ML3’s transformer, which is now being made by a different company, Vladimir had only one working ML3, and it had what Vladimir called an “intermediate” transformer — one that isn’t of the same quality as those that will be in production version of the amps. This is what he played through a single Wilson Audio WATT/Puppy 8 speaker. Vladimir acted as DJ for those lucky enough to be in the room.

Many of the classic jazz recordings that I cherish are in mono, so I wasn’t put off by hearing only one amp, even with its non-production transformer. The ML3 Signature’s sonic character was easy to compare and contrast to that of the ML2.1, a pair of which were playing for most of the show. The ML3 Signature, with its big GM 70 output tube, definitely had greater drive — the ability to propel the music’s pace forward — than the ML2.1, and it also displayed greater high-frequency delicacy and air, rather like those amps I’ve heard that use 845 tubes. The midrange was as corporeal as that of the ML2.1, but the bass had more power, though nothing Vladimir played displayed its very depths.

One piece with a bowed-bass solo was amazing. It was from Mi Buenos Aires Querido [Teldec 0630-13474-2], a CD of Argentinean music I own and have heard many times. The body of the instrument and scrape of the bowing were captured with tremendous delineation and texture. This was the best portrayal of that bass I’ve heard.

Yes, the ML3 Signature amps, at $126, 290 per pair, are wildly, outrageously expensive, but they were not created with all audiophiles in mind. They are extreme luxury items for those listeners who can afford any piece of audio gear they want. Vladimir told me that he already has orders for eight pairs. Like most talented audio engineers, he has a loyal following, including people who simply want to own the best products he can make. From what I heard on the last afternoon of the CES, a single ML3 Signature displayed the great promise required to fill this bill
….Marc Mickelson,

The Absolute Sound
Dick Olsher’s Best of Show at CES’2007
2007 CES Report (TAS issue 171, April/May 2007, page 49)

World’s best-sounding single-ended triode amplifier?  
Lamm’s ultra-refined ML3 Signature is based on the majestic Russian GM70 directly heated triode and is rated at 32 watts of pure power.  This cost-no-object design may just be the Chosen One.
CES – 2007

by Dave and Carol Clark

The Metronome C2A DAC and a Gaia turntable with Kubala-Sosna cabling and Lamm preamplifiers.

Lamm ML2.1 amplifiers.

The Metronome Gaia turntable $46,000.

 …Wilson Watt Puppy 8 loudspeakers with Lamm amplification.
Show Report CES

Lamm Industries introduced the ML3 Signature Power Amplifier, which are tubed monoblocks that produce 32 watts of Class A sound. A photo of one is shown below. Notice that it is in two pieces, the power supply on the right, and the output stage chassis on the left. Perhaps Duobloc is the right word for this product. Priced at $126,290 for a pair of them.

Here is a photo of the innards of the chassis.
LAMM ML3 Signature

Contribution de : webmaster
Sujet: Les marques

La société Lamm, fondée par Vladimir Lamm en octobre 1993 aux Etats-Unis plus précisément à New-York, présente pour la première fois en ce moment même au CES de Las Végas en compagnie des enceintes Wilson audio, son amplificateur ultime le ML3 Signature.

Après avoir conquis les Etats-Unis et une grande partie de l’Europe ces dernières années avec ses blocs de puissance hybrides et à tubes, la société Lamm compte bien avec ce ML3 Signature en faire autant.

Cet amplificateur est l’aboutissement de nombreuses années de recherche, dans le domaine de l’amplification de très haut de gamme.
Ce bloc de puissance monophonique est équipé d’un seul tube de puissance, une triode GM 70 qui lui permet de dévellopper une puissance de 32 watts RMS/8 ohms en pure classe A.
Il dispose d’une monstrueuse alimentation séparée, elle aussi équipée de tubes.

Pour exploiter au maximum le potentiel du ML3 Signature, Lamm préconise de l’associer à des enceintes ayant un rendement égal ou supérieur à 92 db.
Voici maintenant le prix de ce chef d’oeuvre de la haute-fidelité d’exception,126 290$ la paire.

Fred Hifi Reporter

The sound at CES was… well, it has always been mixed, as well, with a few nuggets amongst the average and ‘trying hards’. I guess it was about the same, given the steady increase in quality we see year after year at most shows. For me, the rooms I thought were the most tempting were the Lamm, Hanson, and Audiomachina. Neli’s faves were the EAR room (featuring the new Marten ‘Bird’ speaker) and the Lamm room.

Lamm did play their one working ML3 on one of the Wilsons and Neli got to hear it for quite some time. Hopefully I will be able to *extract* the juicy details  But, to summarize, she liked it – it appears to be SIGNIFICANTLY better than the ML2.1 in ALL audiophile attributes, especially control of the speaker, dynamics, and transparency.

This is the Lamm* room with Wilson Watt/Puppy 8 loudspeakers, with Metronome digital and analog, Kubala-Sosna cables.

Lamm ML2.1 were driving the Watt / Puppies. We thought the Lamm ML1.1 were a great match for the Sophias, but the ML2.1 on the Watt / Puppies may have them beat. We need to listen a lot more to both, I think.

The new $126,290 Lamm ML3. Due to transformer supply-chain difficulties, the ML3 were on static display. Sucks. They will be able to ship in numbers in April or so. And show goers will be able to see them at the Stereophile show in NYC in May or June. since they like showing with Wilson, I put in a request for them to show with the Alexandria X2 loudspeakers 🙂 From the looks I got maybe it’ll happen!

The Lamm ML3 rear.

Close-up of the Lamm ML3.

Front of the Lamm ML3.

Front of the Lamm ML3 power supply.

Innards of the Lamm* ML3.

Innards of the Lamm ML3 power supply.

The LAMM, WILSON AUDIO, METRONOME and gorgeous CRITICAL MASS SYSTEMS amp stands and racks suite.