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.
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 […]