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For a very different sound, one had only to venture around the corner to the room shared by the Vinnie Rossi LIO preamplifier ($12,500 as configured) and pre-production L2 Signature monoblock amplifiers (shipping in June), Harbeth Monitor 40.2 40th Anniversary Edition speakers ($17,990/pair), and Triode Wire cabling. The beautiful, liquid warmth on SoundMirror's DSD256 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recording of Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 (Reference Recordings Fresh!), as well as the system's realistically lively depiction of piccolo, were a joy to listen to. My just-met listening partner, Franklin Winston of Bowling Brook, IL, insightfully called this a "melt into the music" system.
aKnyght's Best in Show:2) Harbeth / Vinnie Rossi -- 30 seconds after walking into this room i fully understood the magic of harbeth speakers. they just immediately grabbed me with their full, rich sound. the 40.2s were of course great but the 30.2s were every bit as good. even the small p3esr pair was outstanding. anyone thinking of getting a pair of harbeths: just do it!
I read on a blog about a possible streamer. Will this be a separate module, be part of a new DAC module, or some other concept?
Are the best sounding VR amps ever made Ultracapacitor powered?
In the Harbeth Loudspeakers and Vinnie Rossi room, I listened to the big M40s, and the sound was very good. I want to congratulate Vinnie for getting the best sound from the big Harbeth’s that I have heard. It sounded glorious!
I expected the LIO with DAC 2.0 and brand new L2 amps to sound good but not 'that good'. The whole system into any of the Harbeths was silent at pppp, dynamic at ffff, clear and sweet all at the same time. What a combo. If Vinnie's room was not the best at the show they were clearly in the top 3. Bravo Vinnie.
Here is the list of what we had playing in Axpona 2018 - Room 486:Source- Macbook Air running Roon playback software, feeding USB output to LIO DAC 2.0 (with a myriad of file types, including some excellent DSD tracks from www.nativedsd.com and www.marecordings.com)Electronics- Vinnie Rossi LIO DHT Preamplifier with DAC 2.0 module- Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Monoblocks (prototypes)Loudspeakers & Stands- Harbeth 40.2, 30.2, and P3ESR (all "40th Anniversary Edition," and I switched between them numerous times each day at the show)- TonTrager speaker stands (for the 40.2 and 30.2)CablesAll cabling by Triode Wire Labs, consisting of:- "Seven Plus" Power Cables- "American" Speaker Cables- "Spirit" Interconnects Quote from: Vinnie R. on 17 Apr 2018, 01:10 amWhen I returned from the show, I found an email from a customer who found this on the Audio Shark forum:http://www.audioshark.org/axpona-138/best-show-ymmv-axpona-2018-a-14101.html(The Volti / Border Patrol / Triode Wire Labs room was also on his Top 3 list, so Triode Pete's cabling was working magic in both rooms!)I'll continue to post more coverage as it becomes available, and if you visited our room this past weekend, THANK YOU for being the biggest part of what made this show so exceptional! There seemed to be a higher than usual number involved listeners this year (some staying for quite a long time, and some returning multiple times), which I truly appreciate seeing and who I enjoy interacting with.Thank you! VinnieNext up, show coverage from the press and attendees ...- Vinnie
When I returned from the show, I found an email from a customer who found this on the Audio Shark forum:http://www.audioshark.org/axpona-138/best-show-ymmv-axpona-2018-a-14101.html(The Volti / Border Patrol / Triode Wire Labs room was also on his Top 3 list, so Triode Pete's cabling was working magic in both rooms!)I'll continue to post more coverage as it becomes available, and if you visited our room this past weekend, THANK YOU for being the biggest part of what made this show so exceptional! There seemed to be a higher than usual number involved listeners this year (some staying for quite a long time, and some returning multiple times), which I truly appreciate seeing and who I enjoy interacting with.Thank you! Vinnie
Here are the few systems that stood out to me as sounding great:- PS Audio mid-priced setup, using their Stellar line, and Goldenear Triton Reference. Surprising lack of glare and very smooth. Used their new P12 (P5 followon) regenerator- Chord room with Raidho speakers- Quintessence Audio (local dealer) had 2 excellent rooms:- Audio Research Ref 6/Ref 160 driving Wilson Alexia 2- Audio Research Ref 10/Ref 750SE driving Sonus Faber Aïda- Western Electric electronics driving Gauder speakers- Rethm Bhaava speakers (under $5k) driven by Audio Hungary (?) electronics with Innuos Zenith SE source. Very impressive speakers at this price point.- Vinnie Rossi electronics driving Harbeth 40.2. This was possibly my favorite room of the show.- Really enjoyed the quiet room with the Sennheiser HE-1 $60k headphone system. Finally, a headphone that bests my HD-800S in every possible way. If this were a CanJam, there'd be a line or signup for this setup.
When I returned from the show, I found an email from a customer who found this on the Audio Shark forum:http://www.audioshark.org/axpona-138/best-show-ymmv-axpona-2018-a-14101.html(The Volti / Border Patrol / Triode Wire Labs room was also on his Top 3 list, so Triode Pete's cabling was working magic in both rooms!)
Hi theobetley and mirekti, It was a pleasure to have you both at AXPONA, and thank you for your feedback of our demo room! Hey Triode Pete,As usual, your cabling helped us get the most out of our system - thanks for teaming up with us this year!I must have swapped your American speaker cables between the three Harbeth models well over 100 times as many attendees werecurious to listen how they compared. They remained solid and never let me down, and thank you for the custom length that made swapping easy. -----More feedback of our room, from Computer Audiophile member "austinpop:"https://www.computeraudiophile.com/ca/audio-shows/axpona-2018-show-report-r707/Thank you for visiting and posting your impressions, austinpop!---Steve Guttenberg "The Audiophiliac" visited and mentioned our room in his quick preview video, here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ipMl7Itd1c(Looking forward to seeing more coverage from him, hopefully soon! And check out his ever-growing channel on YouTube)I also had the pleasure of being interviewed after show hours by Brian Hunter of Part Time Audiophile for his "The Occasional Podcast" series - I'll post a link when it comes out. Overall, I was very fortunate to have the prototype L2 Signature Monoblocks playing in time for AXPONA. I really wish you all could have seen the L2 Signature Preamplifier (Like the L2 amps, it will be SOLID. It's also a real looker, too! ). I'm still getting it all in order and am aiming to have it in production late June / early July. So far, so good! I'll certainly have some images to share of it in the next few weeks.[L2 Signature Monoblocks, front/rear view]Beyond all the gear and the music, I was so thrilled to have such a busy room all 3 days of the show. The traffic rarely let up, and the amount of enthusiasm and excitement in the room was much appreciated and made exhibiting well worth it for me! You guys made me feel like a celebrity (well, a very geeky one at that - LOL)! Thanks again to everyone who stopped over to listening, and I hope to hear more from others when they have time to post their feedback. More show reports are coming soon...Vinnie
Sorry posted in error my bad. Great show as always Vinnie.charles
Vinnie Rossi LIO DHT preamplifier and L2 Signature monoblock amplifiers. Harbeth Monitor 40.2, Monitor 30.2, and P3ESR 40th Anniversary Editions loudspeakers. Triode Wire Labs power cables, speaker cables, and interconnects. Vinnie is such a nice guy and his rooms always sound so nice.
Vinnie Rossi has me all tied up with the idea that I have to get my hands on a pair of Harbeths. Why? Because every time I hear his near field presentation at an audio show, it sound like angels singing…In his room arrangement at AXPONA this year the speakers are placed along the long wall, instead of the far side – reducing the space between listener and transducer to a few mere meters. The image is always tight, direct and unique from almost all the other rooms at the show.
Is the aluminum front (in silver) going to be a option/standard going forward? Also, I understand the phono module might be getting improved for the L2 statement pre, is the DAC 2.0 also getting improved soon as well?
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