Wilson at Brooks Berdan

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by Josh Ray on May 22 '06

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Wilson Audio is the largest of the ultra lux speaker manufacturers and Brooks Berdan is the Los Angeles dealer for Wilson's goods and, as Danny mentioned below, Brooks had a little shindig consisting of cookies and vinyl over the weekend. Lots of audiophiles, lots of audiophile music and lots of typical audiophile stuff. Yeah, pretty boring, but some good things came out of it.

First, Brooks is a great guy. If you're in LA, definitely hit him up. Mr. Vinyl, Brooks rocks turntables for the Hollywood crowd and puts Wilson speakers in fine homes all through the west coast. He has a wealth of information and is just a damn cool guy.

Also, his son Brian is definitely part of the next gen of audio. He's a vinyl junkie but also loves new music and believes in computer-based audio. Embrace, not reject, the iPodders, right? But like Danny said, lights off at 8pm, which was a bummer. We had just started to throw Rage Against The Machine into the ~$120k rig for some killer sound but, alas, further listening was not to be. Maybe next time...

As for the audio systems, the speakers doing duty were the $50k Maxx (pictured above) and, in the second room, the $12k Duettes, Wilson's latest bookshelves. Top VTL gear provided the juice. Danny mentioned how he prefers the Marten sound with its ceramic drivers over the Wilson sound. Compared to the Martens, the Wilsons are smoother and more uniform. The Martens are etched and sharp and incredibly fast. Hard to say if one is more "musical" or "accurate" than the other (because no one can agree on what "musical" and "accurate" mean), but the Martens are a ton of fun, though I can see why Wilson has their market. As I say, high-performance audio is all about taste, not an absolute sound.

Oh, and speaking of Wilson, here's a video clip of Dave Wilson talking to a Utah business show about what it's like to be the top dawg...

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