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  • #16
    Art Manzano and AXISS Audio returned once again this year to the NY Audio Show. This year Art brought along the brand new Soulution 330 Integrated amplifier ($22.5K w/o phono; $26K w/phono), the $15,500 Piega COAX 511 speakers and the $15.500 Reed 3C turntable outfitted with an $15,000 Air Tight Opus phono cartridge. Ancillary gear also included plus some Air Tight and Accuphase electronics and TAOC ASR Series equipment rack.

    Art recently reintroduced the Swiss Piega speakers to the American market after an especially long hiatus (think the last importer was Steve Davis at HI Fi Farm). The 3-way Piega 511s speakers are another design using an extruded (and specially tensioned) Aluminum cabinet. One unique aspect of the Piega speaker is its concentrically arranged mid-range ribbon with a ribbon tweeter in the middle.

    The speakers really disappeared in this room and got out of the way of the music. Overally the sound listening to The Doors "LA Woman" or Dead Can Dance "Yulanga" was warm and pleasantly rounded. I did for some reason find the lowest bass missing and the music like many rooms at the show just lacked a bit of life.

    As an aside. How long can the speaker maintain the precision tensioning?


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    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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    • #17
      Fidelis AV put together one of the three best sounding rooms at the show. Electronics included the newly redesigned AVM products from Germany including the fully modular PA 8.2 preamplifier with selectable tube or solid-state output section (starts at $7000 and depending upon card selection goes up to $12,000 to $20,0000, the $9999 MP 8.2 Media player and the $14,999 SA8.2 stereo amplifier capable of producing 450 wpc into 8 ohms. The analog front-end was the striking $5895 (add $2395 for arm) Acoustic Sounds Triple X turntable. Speakers were the $6495 Harbeth 40th Anniversary 30.2 speakers with specially made UK poly caps, WBT-nextgen binding posts and ultrapure OFC internal wire. I could only chuckle here because 25 years ago, Harbeth speaker designer Alan Shaw was the epitome of flat earthers. We spoke many years ago at a now defunt NY Audio store and he simply didn't believe in parts; the only thing that counted were measurements. My how times change!

      Finally, Peter Grzybowski aka Triode Pete's very affordable (in this day and age especially) Triode Wire Labs including their Premium power cords and speaker cables and Spirit interconnects and USB cable were used throughout the system.

      Normally Harbeth speakers sound have that oh so typical British speakers: polite, rich, nice soundstaging. But far from the last word in transparency or resolution. Not here. I thought these 30.2s were certainly a real player in its price range and maintained that rich midrange while subtly improving their resolution. Plus life lacking in so many other rooms. Of course, much of that had to do with the choices of electronics and front-end in front of them.

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      The entry level $1999 Acoustic Signature Primus turntable.

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      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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      • #18
        Legacy speakers and Raven electronics paired up again for the New York Audio Show. They've had better sound at other shows. Too sterile, antisceptic and electronic sounding for me. I almost didn't recognize the Tom Petty track they played.

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        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        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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        • #19
          Back again this year were Alexus Audio electronics and Bache Audio speakers. I was very keen to hear this system with its sexy looking 50 watt 845 SE monoblock pure Class A amplifiers ($16,9995). The sound, however, was murky, amorphous and ill defined. Plus the electronics designer wanted to for some unknown reason play these digitally remastered MOV jazz albums. Especially hideous sounding was the Ben Webster/Harry "Sweets" Edison Columbia recording Any resemblance between the original recording and reissue was purely coincidental. Oh well, hopefully some other time under better conditions.

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          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          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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          • #20
            Triangle Arts and Eggleston speakers obviously put together a system designed to shock and awe the crowd and rounds out the three best sounding rooms at the show. The system was comprised of the $39,900 Triangle Art’s $17,998 Master Reference turntable, $6800 Osiris Mk. 2 12-inch tonearm, $8000 Apollo moving coil cartridge, $17,998 Reference tube monoblocks amplifiers, $17,998 Reference tube preamplifier, $12,998 Reference tube phonostage, plus cabling. The speakers were Egglestonwork’s 20th Anniversary Viginti speakers ($39,900). The Viginti—Latin for 20—weigh in at a hefty 255 lbs each. The system was very dynamic and Lightnin’ Hopkins sounded great on Going Away. The midrange was very palpable and rich though not sure strings under these show conditions were treated here with the same acumen. My biggest issue with Eggleston speakers is always soundstage height. For whatever the reason, Egglestonwork are reminiscent of early Wilson Audio WATT/Puppy speakers. The older models always gave me a feeling that I was looking down on the orchestra. Here there wasn’t much happening above the top of the speaker.

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            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            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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