Wilson’s imposing Alexx loudspeakers were on show, driven by Dan D’Agostino amplifiers and MSB digital sources. Fittingly, the setup was in an enormous, high-ceilinged room which it took us a while to find on the other side from the main run of rooms. A huge range of electronics was on show there, with a treasure […]
Fostex was showing its GX250MG speakers with Accuphase electronics at the Tokyo International Audio Show. These have a midrange and woofer in Fostex’s “HR shape” which they say pre-stresses the diaphragm making is resistant to deformation. The sound was very impressive with great integration and an effortless realism. We stayed for a few tracks spanning […]
Some more impressive sounds from ATC and McIntosh at the Tokyo International Audio Show, where the ATC SCM100 towers were driven by the enormous McIntosh MC1.25kW amps from McIntosh source equipment. Across a wide range of tracks, the sound was stunning with the end-to-end balance and realism that ATC is famous for. The McIntosh power […]
Walking across to the Tokyo International Audio Show, we came across a KEF boutique in the runs of upmarket designer shops. So, alongside fine jewelry and designer clothes we had a shiny pair of Muons and some very fine audio equipment on show.
Just when we were starting to narrow down candidates for Sound of the Show, along comes another amazing room: YG Hailey loudspeakers driven by Air Tight electronics with vinyl played by an Air Tight cartridge on an SME-armed Transrotor ZET-3 turntable. When we went in, they were playing Stevie Ray Vaughan’s album Couldn’t Stand the […]
Quad was showing its ESL-2912 loudspeakers with Accuphase electronics in G410 at the Tokyo International Audio Show. Ravel’s Bolero was playing with all the characteristic electrostatic speaker virtues when we visited the room. On static display was the beautiful new Quad Artera system, with a Play CD player/DAC/preamp and a Stereo power amp. In a […]
SME was showing some of their finish options at the Tokyo International Audio Show: a V-12 tonearm with gold details, the red SME 10 turntable we saw at Munich and an SME 15 turntable with chrome details. A traditional black SME 30/2A with a TechDAS cartridge was the source for the demo system when we […]
Focal had its Maestro Utopias in an eye-catching blue as part of a red-white-and-blue selection which we can only assume was celebrating the British flag. Any similarity to the French Tricolor can surely only be coincidental. This was a popular room at the Tokyo International Audio Show, where the Utopias were driven with Luxman electronics […]
Not often you see a knob labelled “pleasure control”, but the darTZeel preamp has one, and when we were listening, pleasure was set to +2dB! With feed from sources by Playback Designs, the darTZeel was driving the Monitor Audio Platinum II speakers and with power conditioning from Isotek. The sound was warm and rich—a long […]
An unusual chance to look inside the Burmester 911 Mk III power amp at the Tokyo International Audio Show. Beautiful engineering! The Burmesters were driving some Sonus Faber loudspeakers playing some amazing tracks off Beyond the Missouri Sky by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny on a Dr. Feickert Blackbird turntable.