The AXPONA Chronicles 2023: Part 5
Fine Sounds Americas
Sonus Faber's woodwork in the upper end of their line is superb, and not a secret. The speaker here was driven by a Michi preamp and stereo power amp. Michi is the upscale brand from Rotel, which they also handle.
They also carry Project turntables and the RPM 10 Carbon ($5,499, $6,499 with Sumiko cartridge) was the nicest Project I've ever seen, part of their Carbon series. This one features a magnetic suspension.
I also noted the fine construction and fluid lines of the Bassocontinuo rack from Italy.
I could see it was going to take too much time to sort this room out, so I moved on.
Set up on the short wall as they did here at AXPONA 2023, with more room to work with and a more distant seating distance, they sounded much better, but I still think they need a larger room with more space around the speaker and a greater seating distance.
Martin Logan And Precision Audio
I was able to slide behind the sweet spot so I was somewhat in line with it, as that is so often critical with electrostatics.
This Luxman L-5072 integrated amp seemed to be the active driving force for the speakers. There was a Luxman CD player next to it and an Aurender beyond that, but there were not a lot of fact sheets on the 11th floor. In fact, none.
There seemed to be a similar lecture going on when I came into the Kimber room here. Those were very strange speakers, possibly twin pairs on either side set up for quick A/B comparisons of speaker cables from what I could see looped on the floor, but my time was precious, so I moved on. I've heard this kind of cable comparison before and they are usually quite convincing. I highly recommend you experience at least one to help you gauge the cost-effectiveness of cable upgrades. A cable (or fuse) upgrade might be more beneficial than spending much larger sums on a component upgrade. More expensive cables tend to sound better, much as it may hurt your retirement fund. The cable companies figured that out a long time ago.
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