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Florida Audio Expo 2019 Show Report

Fidelis AV, Harbeth, Luxman, Melco, And Ton Trager
Florida Audio Expo 2019 show in Tampa, Florida.
Report By Steven R. Rochlin



  My listening notes have little here, perhaps the music sounded great and was too busy enjoying the music? Whatever the case, my feeble mind thinks the sound was politely British. Note to self, take better notes when you have to cover 40(!) room in a few days.




What i do recall is the lovely retro-looking Luxman gear. Why oh why is it that sometimes meeting friends and chatting 'interrupts' my work. During shows, sometimes we get caught up with catching up, how are the kids, will you be at AXPONA, etc. This actually happens more often than one would care to admit when you've been within the industry for decades. The new PD-151 turntable, shown above, was a new product introduction for Luxman at the show and will be shipping this month! A high-precision DC motor has a rated flutter of lower than 0.04% for 33.3 / 45 / 78 rpm to keep the 8.8 lbs platter spinning perfectly. An under-slung and suspended structure is said to eliminate the influence of vibrations from the turntable's supporting surface.



i do recall asking to review Luxman gear, so was probably in business mode versus reviewing mode. That i do remember for sure, so you know it had to sound good for me to request review gear :)




Here's a breakdown of the system within this room:

Harbeth S-HL5
The Super-HL5 is the latest and greatest iteration of the legendary Harbeth HL-Monitor Mk1 from 1977 that launched the Harbeth company. In continuous production through several design generations since its inception, now featuring Harbeth's RADIAL2 driver and a radically new approach to the crossover. The HL5plus gets the very best from the Harbeth-made 200mm RADIAL2 bass/mid driver in a cabinet is skillfully designed according to the pioneering research un-dertaken by the BBC.

Integrated Amplifier, "Single Chassis Separate", Class AB, 120W 8 Ohm, 240 Watt 4 Ohm, ODNF 4.0 Amplifying Circuit Output, LECUA 1000, Remote

SACD Player With USB DSD Support. LxDTM Proprietary Mechanism, two 32 bit TI PCM1792A , USB PCM 384kHz 32bit, USB DSD 5.64MHz 1bit, DSP Up-sampling, Remote

Belt Drive Analog Turntable. Optional 4mm Acrylic Hinged Dust Cover, 33/45/78 RPM With Independent Speed Control, Custom Jelco Tonearm With Universal Head Shell.
Cartridge - Ortofon MC Cadenza Red $1,300
Pre-Order Now, Shipping February 2019.

Music Server With two 3TB HDD, Floating HDD Cradle, Dedicated USB-DAC Port, Dual Power Supplies, New Processing Logic, Self Integrity Check

Compact Optical Drive For CD Playback Or High-Precision Bit-Perfect CD Ripping To Music Library. All Circuits Optimized For Audiophile Realm.

Ton Trager Stands
TonTrager reference stands, specially developed for HARBETH monitors. Ton Trager reference stands support the speakers to their fullest potential, offering unparalleled sound quality. The design of the reference stands corresponds amazingly to the speakers and unites both into an ensemble.

LUXMAN 15000 Series Cables
JPR-15000 1.3M RCA $1,095
JPC-15000 1.3M XLR $1,095
JPS-15000 3.0M Speaker Cable $3,495



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