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.
More coming tomorrow: we are off to bed. After the show there was an incredible selection of food vans outside the conference building. Tokyo is an amazing city! So, after a bite to eat we are off to bed. So many things to look at tomorrow.
Over in a big space on the other side of the hall, Technics were showing their new Reference Class Direct Drive Turntable, the SP-10R. This has a brand new direct drive motor with an extra-heavy platter and it certainly looks the part. After the excitement around their various SL-1200 models in 2016 and earlier this […]
Linn have two rooms here. Other rooms were packed to the gills with equipment: sometimes three or four pairs of speakers ready to demo and enviable piles of top-notch electronics between them, all connected with cables as thick as your arm. In G604, Linn had a beautifully simple system, with Klimax Exakt 350 loudspeakers in […]
Just as the Technics (see later) was eye-catching in turntables, we spotted the much anticipated Nagra HD Preamp as part of the room by their Japanese distributor. So far, this preamp has only been shown through teaser pictures revealing an enticing corner of two of the beautiful aluminium casework so it was good to see […]
Another anticipated release, and one that a few customers have asked us about: Boulder was showing their new 1110 preamp pairs with the 1160 power amp. Driving the Manger Audio P1 speakers, which we had not heard before, the overall system sounded really impressive in G501. The 1100 series casework has a front panel with […]
One or other of TAD’s loudspeakers and Accuphase’s electronics seemed to have ended up in at least half the rooms that we saw, including some very impressive combinations. In G505, as well as an amazing display of the Ortofon Cartridge range, there was a pair of TAD’s Compact Reference One loudspeakers driven by Accuphase M-6200 […]