The Chester Group's New York Audio
Show 2013 -- Saturday
is the live music from late yesterday (Friday).
speakers were here at the Chester Groupís New York Audio Show 2013 with
their very high-end fine diamond layer 4.5" midrange/woofer and their own
in-house made 1" x 3" ribbon tweeter ($28,000 including stands).
Japanís G-70 tube preamplifier ($35,000)
follows Kondo-sans path of handcrafting, silver wire and handmade parts.
Internally, the unit is modular with different boards yet still follows the
point-to-point wiring (read: no circuit boards with signal traces). Frequency
response is a staggering 10 Hz to 240 kHz (+0dB -3dB) and tube compliment is a
pair of 6072 and a 6X4. This unit is unbalanced, so inputs and all RCA and
there are four state pairs of them. Output is via a pair of RCA jacks.
Here is more eye candy with from Audio Note
The new Audio Note Japan Kagura monoblock
push-pull 211 tube amplifier produces 55 watts (~$180,000). All the usual
silver wire, silver foil capacitors, silver hand wound transformers, etc.
Rounded Sound's new WRS WP2 larger speakers ($699 per pair) and
they were being driven by the Coco 5i ($500) hybrid solid-state output with
tube preamp section that produces 25 wpc. They say the unit also has a very
good headphone amp section.
DAP-999 Ex Limited DAC ($12,000) handles 16-bit and upsamples to
24-bit/176.4kHz and they believe that the music is more important than just
the race of number of bits and high sampling rates. And rightly so as it is the
music that matters!
brought their new Oracle Matrix 120 SHD $27,000 speaker cable. Perhaps some
people will have a hard time deciding between these and the $36,000
Transparent Cable version. Hmmmm...
Teknik model Leonardo model 8 ($65,000) were
being played to great results with the 14 wpc TubeGuru
The Mig 6C33C single-ended amp ($10,000).
Ummm, er, um... well, this is a, ummmm, a
turntable. Yeah, its a turntable and, ummmm, a Discwasher Anti-Stat gun. Oh
the stories i could tell you about being the youngest of three boys and the
hour after hour of fun you can have with an Anti-Stat gun...
Of course the KEF
room was jamming, had great sound, and the Kronos
turntable is way cool too!
Letís see, what else is in this room? Oh yeah, they have Chord
amplification, Manley Labs
amplification... This system gets my award for Most Desirable High-End Audio
System To Bring Home To Mother. Ok, it also gets today's Best Sound At The
Show Award too.
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