The Osaka show proved to be a tremendous success for AXISS, the FM ACOUSTICS distributor in Japan.
A complete FM ACOUSTICS system consisting of FM 222 MKII Phono linearizer, FM 266 line stage, FM 233 Harmonic Linearizer composed the "front-end" that drove the electronic crossovers of the new Inspiration System XS-III which was used to highlight the electronics' unique capabilities. Either a pair of "F-10B-XSIII", a dedicated version of the Classic Series F-10B that is specially made for use with the XS-III system, or two Resolution Series stereo power amplifiers with additional external active crossovers were used.
In September this system had been premiered at the Tokyo Imported Audio exhibition - where standing ovations were received.
In Osaka the success repeated itself with one packed demonstration after another and often lines of polite Japanese music afficionados patiently waiting in front of the AXISS room to get a chance to hear the system.
The presentations showed the system's unique ability to EXACTLY reproduce what is on the various original recordings which were presented by the world famous reviewers Okihiko Sugano and Isao Yanasigawa who taxed the system with a wide range of music styles and demanding recordings.
"The unique presentations of these two revered critics gave an insight into their vast experience - both with audio and with music" explains Manuel Huber.
"It is the great dedication and help from Axiss members that made this one more resounding success: Michio Takarada, who apart from organising the system, the setup and being instrumental at making everything operate smoothly also does demonstrations with the assistance of Toshiro Shimamura who is furthermore answering clients' more specific questions, Tomoko Hori, who helped organisation, display setup and welcomes the audience with her great character and the inimitable Toshio Muroi who is so gifted in translating my often long and complex sentences. Thanks to his clear translations I was able to delve into details and play recordings that only become understandable with background information and explanations".
The unique capabilities of the Resolution Series and the Inspiration Systems - which are singular in that they can be calibrated to any room - achieved a reproduction that was admired by experts and music afficionados. Even other manufacturers were amazed to hear this system and gave direct praise.
The Osaka show turned out to be phenomenal with one highlight after another. "It can't get much better than that", exclaims Manuel Huber who enjoyed every moment of his visit.