Mike Labuda, USA

I have to admit, I was a little thrown off by their sound when I first heard them. Having never heard a front-loaded horn system before, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. But as my ears became accustomed to the huge dynamics and the effortless authority in which it was playing music, I couldn’t help but smile from ear-to-ear.

Listening to the horns is an absolute pleasure. Their ability to convey the emotional core in music continues to amaze me more every day. I find myself rediscovering old discs and records I had put away years ago and hearing them with new enjoyment.


Current Gear:

  • Oris 200/AER MD1 w/ phase plugs & crowns
  • Compact Reference Bass Cabs (w/ grills to keep curious little fingers away from delicate cones) – Henry Venema, thanks for the wonderful work on the cabs!
  • Conrad-Johnson Premier 17LS pre-amplifier.
  • Korneff 45SE amp (VAIC 45 solid-plate output tubes, NOS RCA VT-231 drivers/NOS Philco 80 globe rectifier)
  • GainClone amp w/ Oris reference bass filter
  • Bottlehead S.E.X. headphone amp/Sennheiser HD-600
  • SOTA Cosmos III/Graham 2.2/Denon DL-103R/Sutherland PhD
  • Sony SCD 777ES SACD with DIY NOS DAC
  • Nakamichi 670zx analog tape deck
  • Audience AU24 speaker cables & interconnects
  • DIY 24AWG 5n solid silver wire speaker cables & interconnects

Bert, thank you for your vision and making it available of all of us to enjoy! Cheers!