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AK Fest 2008
AK Fest 2008
Because Music Matters

Report By Report By Ken Lawing
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The Sota Sapphire ($2,400) with a Dynavector 10X5 cartridge.


The Jolida JD801 ARC ($1475) with it’s inline digital filter, EZ bias leds and Rowan factory mods, is now available in a variety of faceplates; chrome (pictured), black and gold.




The Sound Advantage/Ken Haig room introduced their Roger Russell designed IDS speakers ($19,500 pr.). One of the most impressive sounding set of speakers at the show was driven by a pair of McIntosh MC 501 power amps. The front end was a MDA 1000 D/A converter and a MS750 music server.


AK member Squidward’s room featured a mix of DIY and modified gear. His “Cornholios” (Bob Crites and Al Klappenberger modified Klipsch Cornwalls) sounded super smooth and involving, driven by DIY single-ended tube gear.



AK member dnewman04’s DIY phono pre was a custom built work of art.


Squidward’s passive preamp in a cigar box featured a hand-wired stepped attenuator.




Later in the weekend, AK member RayW auditioned his own creation in this room. His D’Appolito transmission line design sounded very nice, especially given that they only had 5WPC SET amps driving them.


Next up were the Bob Cook rooms. Jim Salk had some impressive designs, including the Song Tower ($1695/black, $1795/standard finishes, $2200/exotic finishes per pr.) which are some of the finest sounding small floorstanders I’ve heard. With Audio by Van Alstine Differential mono-blocks ($2200 ea.) the sound was sublime.



Their adjacent room was tastefully treated and was amongst a handful of rooms, which had tamed the 50 Hz room boom. Mr. Salk displayed his beautiful prototypes ($TBA), again with Van Alstine Omega amps, featured a midrange and a Morel MDT-33 tweeter in an open baffle design. The woodwork was gorgeous, as it is with all of Jim’s speakers.



Pure Audio, LLC featured the fabulous sounding Quad ESL 2905 electrostatic speakers ($11,500 pr.). They were driven by Quad 909 amps @ 140 WPC ($1399 ea.) and the source was a Shanling 1500 ($3295).


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