VTL, dCS & Wilson

When I enter the VTL room at shows, I'm always asked if I brought any music I'd like to hear and I typically say no. This year I said yes.

Luke Manley and Bea Lam of VTL don't play audiophile music; they play beautiful music, which is one reson I usually say no to the above question but I decided to take a more relaxed approach at this year's CES and spend more time listening. Luke and Bea were kind enough to play through "Nu Rinder Solen Op" from the lovely album Engleskyts by Anne-Lise Berntsen & Nils Henrik Asheim, "Beau Soir, Mélodie pour voix et piano, L. 6: Andante ma non troppo" from Songs of Debussy & Mozart performed by Juliane Banse and András Schiff, and Bob Dylan's "Delia" from World Gone Wrong and the sound was forceful and lovely. Then Bea treated me to the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major on vinyl and I stayed entranced throughout.

The system was comprised of the dCS Rossini Player & Clock ($35,998), I'm listening to the Rossini DAC as I type, the new VTL TL-2.5i Preamp w/Phono option ($5000), the VTL ST-150 Stereo Amplifier ($6000) driving a pair of Wilson Audio Sabrina Speakers ($15,900). Analog duties were handles by the Spiral Groove Revolution Turntable and Centroid Tonearm ($21,000) mounted with the Lyra Etna Cartridge ($6995).