I came to listen to music and I did just that. Using the Lexicon
MC12 processor, DVD, and LX7 amplifier, I knew I was in for a great
morning. Set in the two-channel stereo mode, I dug into my shopping bag
of demos and was off and running. Now remember, I have been doing this
way too long, so my music might seem a little strange to a younger
reader. First up was Sade's Diamond Life. Vocals were defined,
localized, and real. Each of the first three cuts was open and
detailed...not bad for a 20-year-old recording. When sitting in the
sweet spot, the image was dead-on, but as I moved off center, the image
lost some of its location. Bass was tight and musical. Sade's voice
seemed high and centered.
Let's switch gears. I jumped to Keith Richards's Main Offenders from 1992. Cut four, "Words of Wonder"--it's an old favorite for testing the bass quality of speakers. Good dynamics; rich, musical bass; and strange vocals, but that's Keith. I noticed the vocals remained centered and localized. Next is the little known Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio. Run out and buy anything from her. I used "Amazing Grace" from The Trinity Tour. Another killer is "Mr. Bojangles" from Things I Meant to Say, as well as "Over the Rainbow." The position of this trio was made more "visible" by these speakers than by most I have heard. The detailed sound of fingers moving on the guitar strings along the neck was incredible. Closing my eyes, I could almost smell the smoke in a small club. Other selections, like "Satin Doll" from The Three (East Wind records,1978), blew away the other listeners. Joe Sample, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne...enough said. Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" from Luck of the Draw, would wrap the music test. Infinity has accomplished much, and this will be another milestone in the highly recognized history of Infinity speakers.
It was time to get the theater cranked up. What better demo today than Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith? Once it started playing, the room quickly filled and the show began. Most speakers seem to handle some materials better than others, but Cascade did it all. The theater experience was seamless. Before I knew it, we darn near watched the whole movie. The THX capability of the Cascade system was strong on everything, including the kitchen sink as it flew around the room, really.
With the family of Cascade, featuring Models Three V and Fives, bookshelf/wall mount, Model Seven floor standing and Model Nines floor standing, plus the Model Three C centers and the Model Fifteen subwoofer, this line-up will take a prominent position among the competition. For more detail, see "To Infinity and Beyond" in the Oct/Nov 2005 issue at www.hdtvetc.com (past issues available on Flipbook).