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Old 08-11-2008   #1
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Default Cabasse Set to Unveil Their Reference Speakers - La Sphere

Cabasse and their Exclusive North American distributor, StJohn Group have announced that the company’s reference La Sphere model will be making its North American retail debut Friday, August 15th, 2008 at Systems Design Group, Redondo Beach. Clients, invited guests and the press are invited to attend.

The evening will be an opportunity for music lovers, aficionados, and discerning individuals who enjoy experiencing and owning the best in life, to gather and experience a variety of fine musical recordings and genres in a relaxed and laid back, "listening party" setting.

With a retail price of $140,000 per pair ($165,000 with amplifiers), La Spheres are arguably the Formula One "Super Car" equivalent in the loudspeaker world. They represent decades of research by the 60-year-old venerable French manufacturer and are the first to deliver what many experts feel is the theoretically perfect loudspeaker due to its unique 20-20Khz “point source” technology. Hailed by respected audio gurus around the world as the finest loudspeaker available, La Sphere is more than a no-compromise loudspeaker — it is an acoustical masterpiece. Cabasse’s extensive R&D has created perhaps the world’s most exacting loudspeaker. La Sphere’s reflected response curve and corresponding reflected phase response are identical to its direct measurements thus insuring the most realistic listening experience possible. The speakers, driven by 5.2 kilowatts of discrete Cabasse amplification, also utilize the company’s four-way active digital processor for unmatched precision crossover and filtering.

Moreover, as the world’s only four-way co-axial point-source loudspeaker (all sound emanates from the exact same point), La Sphere utilizes a specially engineered spherical enclosure that is far superior to conventional designs. Among the significant advantages of a spherical enclosure are rigidity, elimination of standing waves and perfect symmetry in every direction with no diffraction effects from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. In every respect, La Sphere is audibly and measurably the perfect full-range transducer.

La Sphere’s drive units are also a story unto themselves. The 22” woofer features a unique honeycomb dome, specially engineered for optimum performance in a spherical enclosure. The low/midrange unit is an 8” Duocell ring design that is then combined with a 5” mid-range and 1.2” dome diaphragm tweeter.

John Caldwell, a principal and co-founder of StJohn Group, commented on La Sphere’s debut at Systems Design Group: “Great loudspeakers abound in our industry, but none can match La Sphere for its ability to recreate music and soundtracks with as much lifelike realism. We’ve partnered with Systems Design Group because they are Los Angeles’ finest and most experienced dealer for delivering such a rarefied product.” Caldwell added, “While La Sphere may be beyond the budget of most, the same Spatially Coherent System® technology can be found throughout the Cabasse line at Systems Design Group, including a growing number of custom installation in-wall and in-ceiling models that are surprisingly affordable.”

“We are excited to share with our clients and friends throughout Southern California, La Sphere’s truly awe-inspiring performance. They have to be experienced to be believed. They will make you believe in the beauty of sound,” said Systems Design Group’s President, Jerry Axelrod. “We look forward to seeing you here.”

Guest speaker and presenter for the evening is Christophe Cabasse, Cabasse’s Vice President of International Sales and the company founder's son. La Sphere will be on active display with several other Cabasse models in both two-channel stereo and multi-channel home theater arrangements throughout Systems Design Group's multiple lavish showrooms.

Qualified press are welcome to attend a short briefing and active demonstrations from 3-6 p.m. Invited guests and interested individuals are welcome from 6-9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. RSVP is requested.
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I have only heard these once and they were in WAY to small a room, I love the design and look of them and the stands, I want to hear them in an environment they can sing in!!!!! I have high expectations for them, which I should given their price!
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I once sold Cabasse's top of the line speaker system. They looked like a giant pyramid and needed to be repaired (the finish) with drywall mud and paint.

I think the retailed for $90,000 a pair.

Ahhh, the days of high end audio....
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