A need to retrieve a USB stick with programming for the Legacy processor used with the Whisper, run via Mac Mini took me to Legacy Audio. The Whisper had a more refined and extended presentation than last shows. This was not surprising, given that the cable and cap upgrade which I collaborated on with Bill Dudleston for my set was so efficacious that it has been incorporated into all Whispers now. There were several systems which ran a tad hot on the high end, and this was one of them.
Merrill Audio and Sadurni Acoustics
The Staccato speaker by Sadurni Acoustics drew a lot of attention, driven by Merrill Audio amplification. It also elicited a lot of praise. I’ll stay on the fence about this speaker for the time being. It was on the verge of being too bright – and that with a reel to reel ahead of it. I think I would have liked it better with a juicy set of tube amps, but the Merrill amps were not ruining the system.
The Acoustic Zen speakers and Triode corporation electronics have been winners, being paired for several shows. I met the euphoric new owner of the show speakers as he was carting them off on Sunday. Good move; these are highly recommendable, and it’s obvious, even though I haven’t reviewed them.
King Sound showed the King III electrostatic, which I reviewed for Dagogo, along with Purity Audio components. Cabling was provided by Dana Cables.
I had the opportunity to attend discuss the Volti Audio room with a friend who owns the Alura speakers, here set up with a much more modest rig than last year’s show, consisting of Quicksilver mono blocks, a Peachtree Nova, Yamaha player and Triode Wire Labs cabling. Though not as gripping as last year, the speakers still sounded well-balanced.
HiFi Imports Room
One of my favorites of the show was the HiFi Imports Room showcasing Weiss Man301 source, Thrax Maximinus DAC, Dionysos Preamp and Spartacus Mono amps. I much preferred the larger Venture Grand Ultimate MkII speakers to other shows where I had heard them previously. The room was sizable and untreated, yet the system was tight in terms of cleanness and expansive in soundstage, nearly on a scale of a large panel.
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