The Arcadia looked one hell of a lot more Venetian than the hotel it was playing in. The enclosure is made from a ceramic compound — cast in some places, chemically welded in others — that’s as inert and resonance-free as any I’ve ever encountered. “You’re not burning up any energy by vibrating the cabinet,” company president Carlos Candeias said. “And if you scratch it, you can just sand out the scratch and re-wax the cabinet.” The $36,300/pair Arcadia is bipolar; the two 6-inch woofers and the AMT ribbon tweeter on the front are mirrored on the back. Side-mounted 11-inch woofers pound out the bass. The external crossovers are also built into ceramic enclosures. The rig sounded amazing playing “Time After Time” from Miles Davis’s Live Around the World, simultaneously delivering a colossal soundstage and pinpoint imaging. One of my top two rooms at the show.
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