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 […]
The YG XV Juniors in G504 were a stand-out sound in the few hours we had to look around today. Driven by Krell electronics in a mid-sized room with very little acoustic treatment, they offered some of the best bass quality we have ever heard: deep, fast and tight. A track of Japanese Koto drummers […]
The long awaited date has arrived and we have arrived in Tokyo, only a little worse for wear from the nearly 12 hour flight. The Tokyo International Audio Show is at the Tokyo International Forum, which is an architectural masterpiece as well as great place for a conference. We came straight across after our flight […]
In G401 at the Tokyo International Audio Show, an all-TAD system (Technical Audio Devices Laboratories to give their full name) was playing some exceptional jazz. Bringing together their Reference components with the floor-standing Reference One speakers, there was beautiful imaging from the coaxial midrange/tweeter and lots of detail but still very relaxing listening.
A busy weekend ahead! There are teams from Criterion at both the Indulgence Show in London and the Tokyo International Audio Show. As always, we are on the lookout for great new brands to offer. Let us know if you have any requests!