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Capitalizing on an unconventional design, Germany's Duevel showcased its Bella Luna Diamante loudspeakers to great effect. The 360-degree radiation pattern produced by each speaker provided remarkable sound both in the sweet spot and waaay off axis -- not an easy feat. The system was driven by the company's brand-new solid-state Shuttle integrated amplifier and a modified, proprietary CD player. A company spokesman stated that oftentimes customers use Duevel speakers with tube amplification, but equal success with solid-state amplifiers could be obtained. This was a feature the company wanted to highlight throughout the show, and they accomplished their mission with the Shuttle.
Duevel was able to do what many exhibitors failed to do: produce dimensional yet cohesive sound for everyone in their room regardless of listener position.
Loudspeaker-maker Duevel showed its first solid-state integrated amplifier. The Shuttle includes a MM/MC phono stage, uses zero negative feedback, and is said to deliver 70Wpc into 8 ohms. A black faceplate is also available.