AXPONA 2018 Pictures Day Three, Part 1

Walking into the JBL Audio room and seeing  JBL’s newly released version of the iconic L-100 took me back, big time. The only disappointment was that they sounded like I remembered. This is a sound loved by many, but not by me.

In the Harbeth Loudspeakers and Vinnie Rossi room, I listened to the big M40s, and the sound was very good. I want to congratulate Vinnie for getting the best sound from the big Harbeth’s that I have heard. It sounded glorious!

The second High Fidelity Services room featured the Verity Otello speaker that they debuted at Munich last year. The electronics were from Trilogy Audio Systems and the beautiful turntable was from TW Acoustic. The sound was very musical.

In the Well Pleased AV room Mark Sossa was using the Rethm Bhaava speakers driven by the Qualition a50i. The source was the incredible Innuos Zenith SE and Aqua La Voice S3. Everything was plugged into a Gigawatt PC 3. This was a very pure sounding system with an incredible soundstage.

In the TIDAL room, they were playing their Piano G2 speakers driven by their electronics and reference cables. The turntables were from TW-Acoustic with a Transfiguration cartridge. As always, the speakers looked and sounded superb.

In the MartinLogan and Constellation Audio room, the speakers were the Renaissance ESL 15As being powered by electronics from the Constellation’s Revelation Series. This was the very best I have ever heard any MartinLogan speaker sound. Becky commented to me that sound was lovely.

I loved both of the Daedalus Audio rooms, but this one paired with ModWright Instruments was one of my very favorites at the show. It had great tone and scale, and it just plain sounded like real instruments and people. Oh, by the way, the speakers may have been the most beautiful at the show.

As has become a regular at shows since Andrew Jone came to ELAC, it was hard to find a time to listen or even get a picture in their room. In this room, they were using their Adante AS-61 speakers with their Alchemy Series electronics and their Miracord 90 turntable. The sound was incredible for the money, as always.

In the Quintessence Audio’s Perfection room, their system was the Wilson Audio Sabrina speakers with Moon Audio’s integrated amplifier and CD player. This continues to be one of my favorite Wilson speakers. The turntable was the AMG Giro G9 with their 9-inch tonearm and Teatro cartridge. The phono stage was Musical Surroundings Super Nova III. All of the cables were Kubala-Sosna and everything was sitting on Critical Mass stands.

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