My sole reason to attend RMAF 2019 was to see the Wilson Master Chronosonic. Daryl had a static display so I asked if there was any way for me to hear them live.
Daryl referred me to Mr. Mike Ware, owner of LMC Home Entertainment
in Scottsdale, Arizona.
So I walked in unannounced at 2pm this afternoon into their luxurious showroom, met with Mr. Ware and told him I am here to audition their Master Chronosonic loudspeakers.
Mike was very cordial. His assistant John recognized me from my previous visits to CEDIA. Mike gave me a grand tour of this expansive hi-end facility.
This place is like a Disney World for adults. They carry every hi-end brand – Wilson Audio, Focal, McIntosh, Meridian, Martin Logan, LINN, Burmester, Audio Research, Sonus Faber – you name it, they have it.
I could not believe my eyes. Every room was tastefully decorated to match these expensive components. Each setup looked like a picture out of a magazine.
This kind of integration and attention to detail does not happen by accident. Mike’s passion for hi-end audio and home cinema installations were written all over the place from the ornamental lights in the ceiling to the luxurious leather seats.
I went from room to room taking a few pictures. This was a text book example of how to set up hi-end exhibits.
Then we approached the big theater. It had a 3-tier stadium seating with 15 seats blended in red and gold. In the front stage stood a majestic pair Wilson Audio Master Chronosonic Speakers ($685K).
Next to the them, were two Wilson Master Subsonic Subwoofers ($37.5K each) that goes down to 10Hz.
This speaker system was powered by a pair of Burmester 911 MK3 Stereo Power Amps ($30K each) vertically stacked over a pair of Burmester 909 MK5 Stereo Power Amps ($73.5K each).
The 909 delivers 600 watts per channel into 4 ohms while the 911 delivers 350 watts per channel into 4 ohms. Both can be bridged to mono. These are amongst the world’s finest.
Visually they blended in perfectly with the speakers in color and styling. It was a sight to behold.
Mike directed me to sit in the middle tier center seat. This was the sweet spot in this theater.
Then the music started to play.
The sheer power, depth, resolution, clarity instantly grips your attention like a vice. How could this sound be coming from a mechanical device? I could touch and feel the musicians on the stage. I could hear every nuance of a double bass to the shimmer of the brush and cymbals. This is better than real life!
Then Mike proceeded to play a track from Beyonce. The attack of the bass drums and synth notes startled me. So this is how it sounds when it plays down to 10Hz! You can feel the vibration though your bones. Yet, there was zero over hang. No bloating, no boominess.
I knew there were only two speakers in the front. Yet, it felt like a bubble of sound all around you. This beats all multi-channel audio demos I have heard. Every type of music that was played felt so natural, lifelike with incredible detail and smoothness. The system was effortless no matter what level you pumped up the volume.
I had heard THE SONUS FABER at RMAF. I thought that was a religious experience.
Well if the SONUS FABER makes you feel like being in heaven, the Master Chronosonic makes you feel you have come face to face with God himself.
This is the Voice of GOD
As good as the SONUS FABER sounds, the Master Chronosonic excelled it in every category. It was simply in a class of its own.
The sonic brilliance of these speakers cannot be captured and conveyed through a written review, simply because there is no reference to compare it to.
This is something to be heard to be believed. I could fully understand why Daryl decided to have a static display at RMAF. These are precision engineering devices that take hours to set up by a professional. Mike mentioned it took him a full 2 days to time align each component within each speaker.
Mr. Ware is the only person in North America who has purchased a pair to display in his showroom. The location of his showroom in the Scottsdale Air Park is ideal. This makes it convenient for his clients to fly in from all across the world.
I asked Mike what was the total system price including the power amps, pre amps and cables. Mike said it was $1,400,000.
You may be wondering – it is worth it?
After hearing this system in person, I would say it is worth every single dollar
Such a transducer has no peer in the world. The moment you hear it, the sonic signature will forever be etched in your brains. Every subsequent exposure you have with other systems will be a step down.
The Master Chronosonic is the gold standard in audio engineering. It is a no compromise design expressing the passion and boldness of its creator in pursuit of audio excellence.
I salute you Mr. Daryl Wilson.