The AXPONA 2023 Chronicles: Part
Sunday Morning At The AXPONA 2023 Show
Of course, it may simply have been the case that the guys running these first few rooms were late to work.
Saturday Audio Exchange, Monitor
Audio, And Roksan
Elite AV Distribution And SweetVinyl
MoFi Distribution, Isotek, And
MoFi Distribution, HiFi Rose, And
The Vela FS407 floorstander was $5800 and the Varro DS12000GB subwoofers were $3k each. They used an Alchemy DDP-2 preamplifier / DAC / Roon endpoint ($2900) and Alchemy DPA-2 Stereo/Mono Amp ($1750 ea.) as well as a Discovery DS-S101 Roon Server ($1k), a Protek PR-81B power conditioner ($450) and ELAC Reference speaker cables, a modest ($250/pr.). There is also a separate phono stage in this series of electronics.
MoFi Distribution, EMT, And Falcon
The Falcon monitor, probably a BBC variant, was finished in a rather wild veneer that people will likely have strong opinions about — one way or the other. Still, I love it when companies take risks like this. Unlike the 4th Floor, there was very little documentation in the rooms here on the 3rd.
A Whest (or whest) TWO.2 discrete dual-mono phono stage was in use here.
On top in the photo above was a LEAK CDT CD transport only ($795), and below was a LEAK Stereo 230 ($1695), the newest integrated amp from this UK company. It features a built-in DAC and HDMI input for connecting to your TV, as well as the usual digital inputs. It puts out 75 Watts per channel, more than enough for civilized listening with most speakers. Its classic looks, courtesy of the real wood walnut cabinet will fit in traditional rooms where much of today's stereo gear would be out of place.
Also on display here, and all fired up, was a Mastersound Dueventi integrated amp ($4500) from Italy that puts out 10 Wpc in triode and 20 Wpc in Pentode mode. And yes, those would be Russian power tubes from Electro Harmonix. For a very interesting read about Electro Harmonix and its fearless American owner, Mike Mathews, check out this page on their website detailing their illustrious history.