Remember that time you met that woman who was wild and exotic and stunningly beautiful and you began this wild love-affair but deep down you wondered if it would all work out and whether it was love or lust but you said to hell with it and just threw inhibitions to the wind and made love like rabid wolverines? Remember that time? Me neither, but the way Daniel Steele describes it, I'm reminded of my brief moments in the MBL room.
Yes, MBL gives me goose bumps like nothing else. Kinda weird, kinda amazing. Kinda like I need to spend some serious time with these sexy Germans to see if, well, we could get past the physical and connect on the mental, if you know what I'm saying. Is it love? Hey, I'm willing to have my heart broken to find out. Seems someone else is in the throws of unrequited love.
Pictured above is the tweeter and midrange contraption handling frequencies above 600Hz. The world's only spherical drivers, they send sound in every direction. The model above is the 121 "bookshelf" model, using the same mid/high drivers as the big and famous 101s, which were the speakers being demoed. $10k for the 121 models and around $46,900 for the big 101s.
So what does it sound like? It sounds like sitting in front a real concert. I know that's trite and cliche to say, but, well, that's the only way to describe it. Sound comes from everywhere with force and clarity and just so much power. It's truly wild. Wild and scary and just freakin' awesome.
In addition to other-worldly speakers, MBL also makes a full line components. Those amps in the pic below are the reference 9011 monos with 440 watts of juice, priced at $36,740 each. Ferrari or new MBL system? Sadly, I don't have that choice to make. But with the 121s and the 7008 integrated, you're looking at a full MBL omni system for under $20k. Bicycle-riding environmentalism is suddenly looking much more attractive.
Read the rest of the article for more pics of the incredible machinery and hit the web to try and find your local MBL retailer to hear these titans for yourself.