Some of the pricier systems that sounded good included the complete Triangle Art System. I thought they only made turntables (which are very exquisite btw), but turns out that they have an entire system, their speakers, the “Metis” look a lot like the AvantGarde horn speakers. They sounded nice and not too “horny”. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the actual AvantGarde speakers. They sounded very bright and one dimensional. Could have been the room, as I have heard them sound good at other shows. The best sound of the show was the large Gamut speakers, I can’t recall the electronics, but they had absolutely amazing bass, huge soundstage and precise imaging. Oh yeah, JMF electronics and an Ideon streamer was the most ubiquitous product at the show.
Other notables include the little Magico A1’s which sounded great despite their size. We heard some vintage Andrew Jones era TAD’s which still sounded excellent. The huge Genesis system sounded good sourced by a Studer reel to reel but needed a larger room to realize its potential. The new Golden Ear T66 sounded excellent. I’ve never heard Golden Ears. They seem prominent in Absolute Sound. I thought maybe because they pay for a large advertisement up front, but no, they live up to the hype.
I’m not knowledgeable nor really into streamers, DAC’s etc., but we did hear one from Eversolo, the DMP-A6 which sounded great, had an incredible amount of flexibility and is an amazing deal at the price of $900 (full retail). Stiff competition for our favorite, the Hifi Rose.
Anyhow, that’s a brief overview of the show, there was much more. Look for endless pics on our Instagram #audiophilefoundation, and keep going to audio shows, they’re great for everyone involved.