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  • Axpona, Day 3: Snow in April

    Believe it or not, I woke up Sunday morning to snow (think it was 75 degrees in New York that day!). My shuttle driver said the weather report predicted only an inch or so of snow and lots of slush. Boy was he wrong. Perhaps he was watching the weather forecast for another city. A quick glance out the hotel windows revealed a total white out and by Sunday evening there was six inches on the ground. Many flights, mine and Andre's included, were cancelled. Still, show goers braved the weather (Chicagoans are a hardy breed!) and traffic on a normally slow day didn't seem terribly affected by weather conditions.

    Onto the second Martin-Logan room, this time featuring their $15,000 ESL 13s paired with Constellation electronics including the $11,000 Inspiration Stereo 1.0 amplifier and $9900 1.0 preamplifier in addition to the $18,000 Revelation phonostage and $5000 power supply. The analog front-end consisted of the $35,000 Constellation Obsidian turntable with $10,000 Viper arm and Ortofon A95 cartridge (no longer produced). Cabling including Cardas and Kubala-Sosna Expression.

    The sound here was better than in the Luxman room with the Constellation electronics sounding more comfortable driving these hybrid electrostatics. There wasn't as much resolution here as the speakers are capable of and the sound had a touch of dryness. That aside, the room was far more listenable than with the room with the bigger speakers.

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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

  • #2
    Daedulus Audio stepped its game up this year at Axpona going to all VAC electronics. In prior shows, Lou Hinkley, designer of Daedulus speakers, showed with small wattage power amplifiers that should have worked with the 96 dB efficient, 6 ohm flat nominal impedance, Apollo 11s. So it's not clear if the improved sound traces back to simply a power difference or that the VAC amps are better sounding or even changes to the Lampi DAC. But whatever the reason the system was simply more musical, dynamic and resolving. I didn't feel like in past shows that things were just hanging there and often lacking in viscerality.

    The system in this room consisted of the $22,800 Daedulus Apollo 11 speakers in figured baked Maple being driven by a $14,500 VAC 200iQ power amplifier. The rest of the system consisted of VAC's $19,900 Signature SE preamplifier, a front-end made up of Lampizator's Super Komputer (starting at $8000) and $16,600 Golden Gate 2 DAC (the tubes in the pictures are the same heard at Al's this weekend) and a full loom plus power cords from WyWires.



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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    • #3
      Western Electric from Rossville, GA and Gauder Akustik from German teamed up in room 462. Music was playing through Western Electric's new 20 wpc 300 based 91E Integrated amplifier driving a pair of $40K Berlina RC1 Mk. IIspeakers. The 91E is a zero feedback, single-ended amplifier using a parallel feed, steered constant current source (SCCS) that allows the 300Bs to produce double their normal output. The Berliner RC1 speakers (Andre reviewed their bigger brothers for TAS; see here, http://www.theabsolutesound.com/arti...-berlina-rc-9/) are 3-way speakers utilizing Gauder's rib construction cabinets, Accuton ceramic and diamond drivers and ultra-steep crossover slopes (>70 dB/octave).

      Hard to tell much about the sound as the exhibitors were more interested in talking about their 50 page patent on their integrated amplifier's circuit rather than playing some real music. I might be the only one but the looks of this integrated really doesn't do much for me. Also, Is it me or never seem to know whether WE is in or out of business?

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      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #4
        Paul Manos of High Fidelity Services in Massachusetts took three rooms at Axpona 2019 this year. One room featured a Verity Audio based system that included the world debut of their brand new $13,995 Lakme speakers and the North American debut of the $25,000 DAC-PRE Digital preamplifier and $25,000 DAC and AMP-45 stereo amplifier. Digital was played through Melco's $4995 N1ZH Mk. 2 server and everything was bound together with Signal Projects cables from Greece.

        The Lakmes sit between Verity's Finn and Othello models and feature a dual passive radiator and their tried and true soft ring dome tweeter.

        The 45 wpc AMP-45 utilizes a specially designed 6-layer PC board, shielding and grounding circuitry to achieve an extremely low noise floor. All analog signals are digitized using 8 paralleled 32-bit DACs while digital is directly processed. The DAC-PRE is a single chassis DAC/preamplifier based on Verity's top-of-the-line Pro-6 unit. Digital signals are handled with a FPGA-based DAC and up to 384 kS/s PCM or 6.1 MHz DSD signals are accepted via a USB input.


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        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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        • #5
          Another of the High Fidelity rooms featured:

          $3995 Neat Acoustic Ekstra speakers
          Trilogy Audio systems electronics including:
          • $3995 903 Hybrid preamplifier
          • $8750 933 Hybrid Stereo amplifier
          • $3495 907 MM/MC phono preamplifier

          $15,000 TW Acustic Raven GT SE with Raven 10.5 tonearm and now discontinued $6500 Ortofon A95 cartridge

          Signal Project cables and power cords.

          The smaller and less expensive Neat speakers always sounded thin at earlier shows. The new Ekstras, however, were big step up with more midrange and a fuller sound.

          For some reason didn't have picture but High Fidelity's third room was based around Computer Audio Design (CAD) digital gear from the UK including the $14,000 The CAT transport, $12,000 1543 Resistor Ladder NOS USB DAC and Trilogy electronics $18,900 915R Reference preamplifier, the $29,600 995R Reference monoblock amplifiers plus Verity Audio's $40,695 Amadis S in Makor finish. CAD also showed their passive EMI absorption devices ranging from the entry level GC1 to the massive $21,500 GCR
          CAD Ground Control
          boxes. Bibacord cables were used to hook up the components.

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          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #6
            No that's not my Elvis '57 in the picture!

            The system in MOFI's smaller room consisted of the 2-way $2995 Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a speakers ($3250 in the Rosewood finish seen here), the $3995 Primare I25 Prisma integrated amplifier, the $3499 Feickert Volare turntable (includes Origin Live Silver MK3a tonearm)/$2495 Koetsu Black Goldline cartridge ($1995 when purchased with table), and Cardas cabling. The 2019 Falcon speakers are 100% faithful to the original LS3/5a speakers down to the BBC specs and components. Oh yes, for the youngsters here, the LS3/5a speakers have a high 15 ohms impedance and low 83 dB sensitivity.

            Debuting at Axpona was Primare's new $1995 R35 phonostage with MM/MC gain from 36-76 dB, adjustable loading and XLR output. Total cost of the system in including PLC and stand: $20,282.

            It's been decades since I've heard a pair of LS3/5as and was very curious to hear this system. Yes, the Falcons had the LS3/5a's smoothness but not quite the warmth and soundstaging that I remember. Well maybe I was misremembering, looking back with rose colored glasses, different equipment, different room. It's been a long time but I seem to remember the store (now long gone and at one time taken over by Stereo Exchange in New York) then up in Nanuet, NY demoing the LS3/5as with DB Systems electronics (?). Maybe a DB Systems 1A preamplifier?

            Sound aside, this room was the highlight of show for me. Shawn Britton from MOFI was DJing and told some great stories about what goes into remastering their albums. About the issues with finding the real master tape from among a pile of tapes. About having to transport your own tape deck to the record label to make a copy of the master tape for mastering. And more. It's sad. An album is just really a 2D representation of all the work that it took to make and master that recording!



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            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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            • Rob
              Rob commented
              Editing a comment
              I had until recently a pr of Falcon LS3/5as, they are fabulous. Not that I care its comforting knowing you found some redeeming value with them. I have Kii Threes in their place, except for the superior bass response and ease of the Kii, the Falcons, with the right amps can go toe to toe with them.

            • MylesBAstor
              MylesBAstor commented
              Editing a comment
              Thanks Rob, I'm sure you had them sounding better.

          • #7
            Audio Skies and Pneuance had one of the more interesting rooms at the Axpona. Larsen speakers--though admittedly previously shown under horrible conditions like against glass windows, etc.--had failed to impress. The Model 9s were much better here though they still don't have a whole of of depth of field to them. But they definitely had a lot more midrange and less harshness and brightness.

            Of course, some of this might be attributed to the Pneuance isolation feet and platforms employed in the room. Pneuance debuted their feet at Axpona 2018 and showed up this year in Chicago with a finished version of their isolation platform replete with feet. The NP-1 feet support 20 lbs each and cost $975 (3)/$1295 (4); the NP-2 feet support 40 lbs each and cost $1050 (3)/$1395 (4). The platforms without feet retail for $495 (15 x 17") and $1395 (17 x 21"). Nothing is left to chance with the Pneuance feet. Inflating simply involves pumping them up and using a spark plug-like gapper to set distance aka the correct pressure. According to the manufacturer, the feet need topping out roughly every 6 months.

            The system here consisted of:

            $14,995/pr. Larsen 9 speakers
            $25,990 GamuT M250i Monoblock amplifiers
            $8390 GamuT D3i Dual mono preamplifier
            $1995 Pear Audio Blue Classic Phonostage
            $8000 Aries Cerat AC-SUT 1B SUT
            $3995 Pear Audio Blue Little John/Cornet 2 turntable
            $5400 Etsuro Urushi Cobalt Blue cartridge
            Assorted Pneuance Audio Isolation devices under the equipment and turntable


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            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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            • #8
              The "bigger" Mobile Fidelity room was outfitted with $18,995 Manger P2 speakers, $7495 Balanced Audio Technologies (BAT) tube $7495 VKP-12SE phonostage, $9995 REX-2 preamplifier and $16,495 VK-65SSE solid state amplifier, $14,995 Feickert Firebird turntable/$2000 Original Live Illustrious 12-inch arm/$7500 Koetsu Rosewood Signature cartridge. (I think the other arm is a Jelco/MSB cartridge?) Lots of Cardas Clear Beyond dotted the room.

              Yes, I hear the speaker's speed. But Manger speakers always sound a bit thin and illuminated to me.



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              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • Rob
                Rob commented
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                I heard the Manger with CH Precision at the LA show, there's a certain 'speed' or resolution with that HF driver that reminds me of planars. I didn't hear them long enough or with familiar enough music to draw conclusions.

            • #9
              Krell introduced their new 150 wpc K-300i integrated amplifier with iBias ($8000 with DAC option/$7000 without) that was driving Alta Audio Rhea speakers (with new bass traps that extend and clean up the low frequencies). The digital ooption comes with an ESS Sabre Pro DAC and does up to 192/24. The rest of the system was an Acoustic Signature turntable and Sutherland phonostage.

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              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • KLH007
                KLH007 commented
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                How did the Krell/Alta room sound Myles?

            • #10
              File this under the eyes being bigger than the stomach.

              I understand the desire for large rooms to accommodate attendees but the size of this ballroom just overwhelmed Tidal's Vimberg speakers. Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Canada brought a potpourri of high-end audio gear that he distributes to Axpona including electronics from Karan Acoustics including their $38,000 M2006 monoblock amplifiers, $16,995 L Reference Mk. III preamplifier and $23,995 Reference phonostage. The analog front-end consisted of a Thales $14,850 TTT Compact II turntable and $21,090 Statement turntable. Wynn was also using a $4993 EMT JSD-VM cartridge; this cartridge allows user selectable woods for the side of the body (users can even send their own choices to be machined at additional cost). Crystal Cable's 15th Anniversary Ltd. Ed. monocrystal silver and silver gold alloy Future Dream and Ultimate Dream ICs and speaker cables topped off the system.

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              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • #11
                Maybe I suffered from expectation bias when visiting this room. The Destination Audio speakers at Capital Audiofest with much less backing components were much better sounding than at Axpona with a far better supporting cast. There was just something off here. There was no center image and the whole soundstage was shifted to the right. I was told what I was hearing was caused by the room acoustics; maybe but there was something more going on here. Oh well....

                The system consisted of Modwright Instruments mega massive, cost no object, not to mention beautiful looking $49,995 32 wpc 845 DS based SET DHT Ambrose amplifiers, $2900 PH 9.0 phonostage, $9700 SOTA Cosmos turntable/$6010 Origin Live Enterprise arm/$65650 Dynavector XV1s cartridge and the 99 dB efficient (8 or 16 ohms) $29,000 Destination Audio horns from Poland. WyWires IC, speakers and power cables rounded out the system.

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                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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                -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                • #12
                  Why do audiophiles fall in love with the sound of tube electronics?!?! Take a listen to George Counnas' Zesto electronics if you don't now by now. The action end of the system consisted of Zesto Audio's $19,900 per pair 150 wpc Eros 300 Class A monoblock amplifiers driving the $15,000 Marten Django speakers. Ancillary electronics consisted of Zesto Audio's $7500 Leto 1.5 Vacuum tube preamplifier and $6900 Andros Deluxe tube phonostage. The front-end source in this digital-free room was a Merrill-Williams Audio REAL 101.3 turntable setup with a $6200 Tri-Planar US (classic 10-inch) tonearm and $3600 Benz Micro Gullwing SLR moving coil cartridge. Cardas Clear Beyond speaker cables, Beyond ICs and Beyond XL power cords completed the system.

                  Take the MOFI reissue of One From the Heart! One's heart melted hearing this LP played back through the Zesto/Marten/Merrill-Williams/Cardas system. Silky smooth. Harmonically dense without tipping over into dense. Like there are real musicians, not cut out images, performing the music.

                  Only the High Water Sound room matched the Zesto room when it came to intelligibility of vocals. Every single word sung by Waits or Gayle was clearly rendered.


                  Zesto is like Joseph Audio and always has one of the best sounding rooms at the audio shows.


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                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                  -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • #13
                    Axpona 2019 wrap up next!
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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                    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                    • #14
                      I also loved the Martin Logan room. Thanks to Irv Gross for playing some amazing music for me. I could have listened to the Expression 13A for hours. I just loved this room and was easily a Top 10 in my list. Great write up Miles.

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                      • #15
                        Nice work, Myles!

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