CES 2012 Final Impressions: Look Out for King Sound
Exciting times here had at CES 2013 from Moon Audio and Drew Baird, President.
There are lots of new upcoming "hi-fi" Gear, headphones, and toys to be excited about.
The first one I would like to tell you about is the upcoming Electrostatic Headphone and adjoining Electrostatic
There will 2 different versions of the electrostatic amp from King Sound. The first version of the electrostatic amp is a Solid State circuit design and the second version is a electrostatic Tube based amplifier. Here is the real exciting news, the price! The Headphones and SS amp are expected to be in the $800 -$1000 range!! Don't hold me to those exact numbers, but it should be close and they are finalizing the prototypes they brought to CES now. :)
The electrostatic Headphones and Tube amp option by KingSound is going to be around $1500-$2000 range. The reason I am excited about this is because at this price point it easily competes with Stax gear that is twice it's price. I was amazed at the performance/price ratio of these new products by KingSound.
The first room I visited at T.H.E. Show in Vegas during CES was Reference 3A. Tash, a friend and the CEO of Reference 3a Speakers, said," Drew, you have to go down the hall and listen to the new King Sound Headphones!!". I replied, "Don't you mean speakers?" I have been a long time fan of King Sound's speakers and with the addition of these headphones to their arsenal, I have finally made the plunge to pick up the line. King Sound has long been known for incredible value in Electrostatic Speakers. King Sound does all of their own OEM product development and manufacturing in house. This allows King Sound to compete at a great price point. I also add that they crush the competition based on price vs. performance ratio. So to say that I am excited about this new headphone is an understatement. :)
Moon Audio does not have an exact release date yet, but I hope it is soon. I have a prototype of the headphones and the SS amp in my possession. I would have had the Tube amp too, but unfortunately, it could not fit it in my suitcase for the trip back from CES. :( The only change I am aware of is a revised improved headband. The one on the prototype is cheap and was created only to have a working piece for the show.
So you now ask, how does it sound? Extremely detailed, fast, transparent and detailed like all electrostatic phones. But, here is the kicker, they actually have one of the best bottom ends I have heard from an electrostatic headphone. I have no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the hottest products for 2013 and we'll be selling them right here at Moon Audio or Moon-Audio.com. You'll be the first to hear when the King Sound lineup arrives...as for now...leave some feedback, ask a question and we might just have a coupon for something in our lineup today for the best one this week worth $25. :)