Some things are nearly certain and one such reassuring event is the TAD room at hi-fi shows which consistently deliver great sound. "Effortless, dynamically scary, piano and cello sound like piano and cello..." so went my listening notes. Zoomed in on in the above picture is the TAD C2000 Preamplifier ($24,500) that also houses a 24/192-capable DAC.

The M600 monoblocks ($26,500/each) rated at 300W into 8 ohms drove the Evolution One speakers ($29,800/pair) much to my delight.

The Windows 8-based Black Box II from Blue Smoke Entertainment Systems acted as music server. The Black Box II allows you to use your Windows-based media player of choice so JRiver fans, Foobar fanatics, and on and on are all best served.