Music Vault/Bricasti/BSC/Harbeth

The Music Vault Diamond ($4,595) music server from Sound Science is optimized for AES/EBU balanced digital outputs which the Bricasti M1 DAC gladly accepts. The Music Vault comes with 8GB of on-board RAM, an optical drive for ripping, optional DVD playback, 2TB of internal storage + 2TB of backup (in a RAID 1 array), 60GB Solid State Drive, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 6 USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire poer, eSata port, RJ45 Gigabit LAN port, wireless N wi-fi, DVI and HDMI outputs and an optical S/PDIF digital output.

The rest of the system included the aforementioned Bricasti M1 DAC ($7,995) connected to a BSC 60s amplifier ($7,900) driving a pair of Harbeth Monitor 30.1 speakers ($5,600).

One reason I entered this room was someone told me I had to as it was, in their opinion (and its an opinion I value), one of the better-sounding rooms. So I did and I concur—this system flowed free and easy and offered a presentation that made you want to stay put, listen, and enjoy.