Jonathan Valin of industry leading publication “The Absolute Sound” declares room 342, with Tidal Audio’s awesome Akira loudspeakers, the best sounding room at the 2017 Axpona show!
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Not only did the room feature great gear and speakers it also featured heavyweight participants. The room featured the world renowned Dynamic Design Neutron SW16 ($7500) and Challenger AE15 ($4000) Digital power cords on the Bricasti Design M1SP dual mono DAC ($10,000) and the Aurender N10 reference music server ($8500) respectively.
The Tidal Audio line up included the debut of the awesome sounding Akira loudspeakers ($215,000), a first in all of the Americas; the 3-chassis Presencio preamplifier with phono stage ($78,000); and the Impulse monobloc amplifiers ($65,000).
TW-Acoustics provided the Raven AC-1 turntable with the 3-motor option ($15,500) and the Raven 10.5 tonearm ($5500).
Profundo supplied the Transfiguration Proteus Diamond cartridge with the diamond cantilever that delivered stunning performance in the room.
The room also featured Stillpoints ESS racks, Aperture room panels and other accessories.
The host, “The Voice That Is” (TVTI), put together an incredible demonstration that resulted in standing room only all weekend long with showgoers visibly moved by the mind-blowing experience listening in room 342 was! This is the typical reaction to rooms setup by the very capable Doug White of TVTI.
Olu Sonuga of Dynamic Design attended, Doug White of TVTI was present, Bob Clarke of Profundo was on hand and, Jorn Janczak of Tidal Audio flew in from Germany. The teamwork displayed in the room resulted in the harmonious coming together of the different brands and personalities to speak in one sweet voice all weekend long.
The sound in the room was impressive, with stunning clarity; pitch perfect tonality; incredible micro and macro dynamics; and the best bass performance I’ve ever heard at a show, there was total room lock on the Gregory Porter – “Holding On” track. It was truly an experience to behold! All genres of music were also well served and presented, the system produced an immersive and emotional connection to the music and that’s as it should be in a high-end audio system!