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In the above report, reviewer Greg Weaver gives one of the most overwhelming positive reviews I've ever read, of the Von Schweikert / VAC / Esoteric room. They gave him after hours access to the room (which they frequently do for reviewers) to listen to recordings he brought to the show. I believe this system would cost around $600K to $650K.He writes, "This system brought me closer to the sensation of live music than any other system I've ever heard ... I heard an adeptness at maintaining proper loudness across the spectrum of each instrument, from its lowest to highest registers, its broadband accuracy, combined with the essential non-existence of any notable additional coloration or loss of harmonic body across the entire audible spectrum that was captivating.Further, the degree of stark transparency to the recordings, its ability to reveal any nuance in detail or scale, replete with musical relevance, was completely disarming. Its ability to resolve so lucidly the subtle differences between recordings, and the nuances of each, to reveal staging cues and differences, is exceptional, unmatched in my experience, and only approximated by a very small handful of other speakers.Transients were spectacularly fast and so clearly defined and cleanly delineated that the silence between musical impulses was distinctly resolved. There is a sonic representation so immediate and palpable, so vivid and articulate in detail, and so utterly correct in voice, that you simply must hear this extraordinary system to even begin to understand. ...To merely say that this room earned Best Sound of Show would somehow diminish and detract from the unqualified allure it accomplished. This was a benchmark setting performance, one that has been seared into my heart and mind, and that will remain with me for the rest of my life."I must say that I wish I had been there to experience its impact on me.
At some point, money on a high end system is wasted. Give me $650k and I'm not spending it on a hifi system, I'm spending it on live performances. Lots and lots and lots of live performances.
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