These Larsen 8s were a surprise treat. I didn’t expect this amount of depth and width with speakers placed directly against a wall. Amazingly articulate and quick with the proper amount of sparkle.
My favorite pair of headphones: The Abyss Phi
The Monitor Audio Silver 300s ($2,000/pair) sounded great for the money. Fantastic bass output for small tower with sweet and palpable mids. Paired with Roksan’s entire K3 Series electronics, which include the K3 Integrated Amp, CD Player, DAC, Power Amp, and the Roksan Radius 7 turntable.
Rouge Audio RH-5: Great sounding headphone amp. Super punchy and clean.
Tannoy Revolution XT 8F – Lush and punchy. Performs beyond the $2,600 price.
Bricasti’s M12 dual mono source controller and M1 stereo D/A.
The Tidal Akira ($215,000/pair). Probably the most lavish looking speaker at the show and has the sound to back it up. I thought I was listening to vinyl record. All digital baby.
The awkward looking arrangement with the affordable Definitive Technology BP 2000TL speakers paired with a $30k+ Merging NADAC stack…I was thoroughly impressed. Well-textured, dynamic bass, velvety mids, and a surprising level of resolution.
Focal debuts the Kanta No. 2. I actually like the yellow. Brilliant and detailed with speed and image precision.
The Krell room with the Focal Sopra No.3 ($20,000/pair) sounded more fluid and warmer than I had expected (a good thing). Krell Vanguard Universal DAC ($4,500), Krell Duo 300 stereo amplifier ($9,500), Audio Question Niagara 7000 AC conditioner ($7,995)
Micromega M-One M150 ($7,499) – The most minimalistic setup at the show. An extremely versatile all-in-one amplifier paired with IsoAcoustics GAIA I and Focal Sopra No2 loudspeakers ($13,999). Just plug your source and speakers and enjoy. Great sound for the price.
Zesto Audio: Marten Django L speakers ($9,000), Allasso step-up transformer ($2,995), Leto 1.5 tube preamp ($7,500), Eros 300 class-A monoblocks ($19,900/pair), Merrill-Williams Audio Real 101.2 turntable ($5,995).
The Italian Rosso Fiorentino Volterra ($12,995)
The Tidal Akira in standard black ($215,000/pair)
Tidal Presencio ($77,990 with phonostage)
Merril Williams The Rubber Elastomeric Acoustic Laminate. (R.E.A.L.) 101.2 Turntable ($5,995)