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Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…

Marty can be contacted at: 916.952.9529 Marty@ConnoisseurCorner.com

3/18/18

ELAC Debut 2.0 – Budget Speakers Mo’ Better!



In the world of bang-for-the-buck speakers, it is hard to beat the products from legendary speaker designer Andrew Jones and his ELAC line of speakers.  Bursting on the scene in 2015, the first-generation ELAC Debut speakers made a notable impression on the audio glitterati, providing unexpectedly refined sound at a fiscally friendly price point. 

Now it’s time for gen-2…! 

Per Mr. Jones, “Based on feedback from dealers and end-users, along with changes in the market, we have completely redesigned the entire line-up with newly developed drivers, waveguides, cabinets and networks resulting in a line that is easier to setup and offers significant performance improvements”.

I’ll start with the cabinets.  The MDF enclosures bring improvements in internal bracing to reduce vibration and coloration of sound.  A decision was also made to move the bass port to the front of the cabinets, allowing more flexibility in speaker placement, whether closer to a wall or in bookshelves. 

Next up you have some newly engineered speaker assemblies.  The silk-dome tweeters have better high and low frequency extension, as well as improvements in diffraction.  The redesigned woofers, constructed of a woven aramid fiber, offer up greater stiffness and damping, for smoother frequency response and control.

Throw in refinements in crossover networks for more agreeable power requirements and better dynamics, and you have a thorough revamp of an already fine product.

The Debut 2.0 line consists of the B5.2 ($249.98 pr) and B6.2 ($299.98 pr) 2-way bookshelf speakers, C5.2 ($199.98) and C6.2 ($279.98) center channel speakers, F5.2 and F6.2 ($299.98 and $399.98 ea) floorstanding 3-way speakers, OW4.2 ($249.98 pr) on-wall speakers, A4.2 ($249.98 pr) Dolby Atmos add-on speakers, and the excellent SUB3010 400-watt powered subwoofer with AutoEQ and app controllability.

The ELAC Debut 2.0 line will be available at retailers March 15th. 

Bang for the sonic buck that is hard to beat…!

Cheers!



Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer.  Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…
Marty can be contacted at:   916.952.9529    Marty@ConnoisseurCorner.com

3/17/18

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door – Fabulous!




Well then…   What were the folks at Affalterbach supposed to do? Did you expect them to sit idly by while the Porsche Panamera Turbo ran off with all the 4-door sports car sales?   

No way, Klaus...!

Mercedes-AMG has been hinting this creation for a while, and now it has officially arrived, and I like what I see.
While it appears to simply be a stretched GT, this 4-door rocket is actually based on the E-class sedan’s architecture.  You would never know, as it retains the GT’s long hood, rakish windshield and windswept silhouette for a lithe, athletic presence. 

A troika of models will be available, familiar to disciples of all things AMG.  The baby of the bunch will be the GT53, powered by a newly introduced turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine with 429 horsepower, paired with a nine-speed automatic and the ubiquitous 4Matic all-wheel drive.  AMG claims 60 mph will arrive in a scant 4.4 seconds. 
To slow…?

Next up the ladder will be the GT63.  This model ups the ante with a 4.0-liter V-8, pounding out 577 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.  60 mph arrives in 3.3 seconds and this four-door will top out at 193 scorching miles per hour. 
Whew!

The ridiculous among us can opt for the top of the line GT63 S, which adds a slightly tuned version of the V-8 for a total of 630 horses and shaves 0.2 seconds off the sprint to 60 mph. 
Four fast doors…!

All other sporting hardware is appropriate to the performance level, including available carbon-ceramic brakes with bronze-painted calipers.  Don’t forget to check the options box for the air springs of AMG Rid Control +, for the ultimate in precise handling.

Interior appointments are centered around Mercedes’ now familiar dual 12.3-inch display screens, one for the instrument cluster and the other focusing on infotainment.  The remainder of the interior retains much of the 2-door GT’s cocooned jet fighter feel, of which I must approve.  Fit and finish are of the requisite quality.

What will it be?  Panamera or AMG GT 4-Door.  What about the rumored BMW M8 Gran Coupe that may be on the way?
The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door is certainly a worthy competitor and will get you to your destination ahead of time, and with effortless style.

Well done, AMG…!

Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer.  Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…
Marty can be contacted at:   916.952.9529    Marty@ConnoisseurCorner.com