CANJAM NYC 2108

CANJAM NYC 2108

Just as last year, CANJAM NYC took place again this year Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18, and at the same venue in the theatre district of Manhattan, NYC: The New York Marriott Marquis, at West 46th Street and Broadway. I arrived on a clear, sunny, lively Saturday 17th (but oddly, by 6PM it was cold and there was a snowstorm!); the streets were bustling with tourists and locals. To the right of the venue was showing the famous play ‘Hamilton’ at the Richard Rogers Theatre.

CANJAM NYC is one of the CanJam Global premier shows that are produced by Head-Fi.org, the world’s largest headphone and personal audio community. This year it was sponsored by Meze Audio and Sennheiser. Located on the 6th Floor of the hotel, it took up the huge Broadway Ballroom, and a handful of smaller rooms on the sidelines. When I arrived at 11:00 a.m. (opening time) there already was a huge line of anxious enthusiasts registering; I was once again (as last year) warmly greeted by Marjorie Baumert (more widely known for organizing the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF), Denver Colorado) who was working the registration area, and making sure all was going smoothly—it was.

Fritz Carrera 7 BE Loudspeakers

Fritz Carrera 7 BE Loudspeakers

Back in 2012 I reviewed the Fritz Carbon 7 two-way stand mounted speakers. Prior to that, I hadn’t had much experience with small speakers in general and none in my system. During the review period, I was very pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of these relatively small speakers. As I recall, the sound was surprisingly large and clear, with good bass performance for their size.

I was recently contacted by owner/designer John 'Fritz' Heiler with news that he had a new top of the line speaker, the Carrera 7 BE. Given the surprisingly good time I spent with the Carbon 7, I told him I would be eager to review his new offering. In short order, a large box was delivered with the two expertly packed speakers. I mentioned to Heiler that I didn’t have a pair of proper speaker stands on which to set them up. Soon after, a box containing a pair of Pangea speaker stands arrived from Audio Advisor. I have to say that I was quite impressed with the sturdiness and overall quality of these stands.