Welcome back to Headphone.Guru’s coverage of AXPONA 2023 thanks to the generous sponsorship provided by our good friends at xsa-labs and Vera-Fi Audio LLC.
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Cambridge Audio instantly caught my attention as they were running vinyl through headphones. On demo were a Cambridge Audio ALVA TT Direct Drive Turntable ($1,999) running through a Cambridge Audio ALVA Duo Phono Preamp ($349) to a pair of Audeze LCD-XC Headphones ($1,299), as well as a Cambridge Audio MXN10 Network Player ($499) through a Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M DAC ($549) to a pair of Audeze LCD-X Headphones ($1,199).
Innuos was set up in several rooms including a room specific to personal audio showing their new Innuos PULSEmini Network Music Player ($1,249), new Innuos ZENmini S CD Ripper/NAS/Streamer ($2,049/1TB SSD), and their Innuos PHOENIX NET Audiophile Network Switch ($3,749) running through PS Audio Sprout100s ($799) to Meze Audio 99 Classics Headphones ($309).
Vinnie Rossi / Innuos / Rockport Technologies / MSB
Innous paired up with Vinnie Rossi, Rockport Technologies, and MSB to show off their Innuos Statement Music Server featuring the Next-Gen power supply ($21,700) running through the MSB Premiere DAC ($27,500) with Pro ISL/USB ($1,980) to a Vinnie Rossi Brama integrated amplifier ($38,995) driving a pair of Rockport Technologies Atria II loudspeakers ($38,000/pr). A Stromtank SEQ-5 ($4,875) supplied AC and Transparent cable was used throughout.
The award for most impressive turntable needs to go to Quintessence Audio for their Clearaudio Statement turntable ($275,000) with Goldfinger Statement MC cartridge ($17,500).
Okay, what drew me into the Nokturne Audio room was the Linn LP12 with a Harban Movingui Plinth, Klimax Radikal2, Keel, Trampolin 2 Ekos SE1, and Ekstatik ($30, 553). The system consisted of Lejonklou Kalla Digital music player ($8,495), the new Lejonklou SINGularity mono MC Phonostage ($55,000/pr), a Lejonklou Slipsik 8 MM Phonostage ($1,795), Lejonklou Sagatun 1.4 mono Preamps ($9,900/pr), the new Lejonklou Tundra mono 3 Amplifiers at ($12,990/pr), and JM Reynaud ORFÉO GRANDE Loudspeakers ($14,500).
WYNN Audio / Crystal Cable / Entreq / Kalista / Karan Acoustics / Metronome / Vimberg
It was their acrylic display cases that lured me into the WYNN Audio room, but the Kalista DreamPlay Twenty-Twenty Turntable ($54,000), and Kalista DreamPlay XC CD/SACD player/DAC ($79,000) paired with a Karan Acoustics LINEa Preamplifier with external power supply ($41,000), PHONOa phono preamplifier with external power supply ($38,000), and POWERa mono power amplifiers ($106,000) running through a pair of Vimberg Tonda D loudspeakers ($70,000/pr) justified the venture. Crystal Cable Art Series’ Van Gogh and Da Vinci cables were used throughout with grounding provided by the Entreq Olympus Infinity Ten ground box ($12,000).
Finley Audio / Boulder Amplifiers / Les Davis Audio / Serhan Swift
A simple but outstanding sounding system was the Finley Audio room which featured a pair of Serhan Swift Mu2 SE ($10,950) driven by a Boulder 866 DAC/Integrated Amplifier ($17,000). The room was fitted with Finley Audio cables and Les Davis Audio room treatments.
That concludes Part 6 of my coverage of AXPONA 2023, stay tuned for Part 7. I would like to once again thank our sponsors xsa-labs and Vera-Fi Audio LLC for making this possible.
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