Stereo Exchange

the McIntosh D100 Preamp/DAC ($2,500) in the DeVore Fidelity room

As was the case last year, a few NY dealers chose to forgo the show and hold their own. While I can see both sides of this story and generally steer well clear of the hand wringing and in-fighting that can accompany the pros and cons of said behavior, I had a perfectly lovely time when I visited Stereo Exchange on Sunday afternoon.

John DeVore of DeVore Fidelity was showing his new Gibbon X speakers (est. $11k-$12k) being driven by the Rogers High Fidelity EHF-200 MK2 integrated amplifier ($14,000) and John treated me to some wonderful music that I hadn't heard all show long or at any hi-fi show for that matter (hooray!).

In the Kimber Kable/McIntosh/IsoMike room I was treated to some wonderful and enveloping 4-channel recordings including a recording of Fan-Ya Lin who treated show goers at this year's RMAF to real, live music (hooray!).

Patrick Butler from Bowers & Wilkins treated me to some wonderful electronica from Ametsub, a recording that's new to me (hooray!) through Classe electronics and B&W speakers.

I was also treated to a track from the new James Blake album and the new Devendra Banhart (hooray!) by Jon Zimmer of Sound Representation through a nice system from Bel Canto and Sonus Faber including the Bel Canto Reference DAC Control System ($7,080 includes DAC3.5VBMKII, REFLINK, VB Power Supply), a pair of Sonus Faber Elipsa SE speakers ($22,900) driven by the Bel Canto REF500M monoral amplifiers ($4,000/pair), all tied up with Kimber Kable.

COMMENTS
bsm's picture

If you like Ametsub, you should check out the full offering from the Progressive FOrM label. You can buy WAVs through Ototoy: http://ototoy.jp/them/index.php/LABEL/_/cd/22688

Michael Lavorgna's picture

Thanks for the link.

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