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But today, I was sitting less than six feet from the big Harbeth 40.2s, and they were throwing a soundstage that went through the window and over Central Park. They were transparent beyond belief.
Vinnie Rossi’s room was one of my favorites because Vinnie plays real, interesting, music and he knows how to set up a room so it sounds better than good.
One of the better sounding rooms at the NY Audio show. Very easy on the ears, natural sounding coupled with a huge soundstage.
In his coverage, Michael mentioned the "Birdcage" LP by Sophia Pfister that we played in our NYAS room. You can view and listen to her work, here: https://www.sophiapfister.com/And her videos, here: https://www.sophiapfister.com/vidoes/Besides her own impressive song writing, there are two smokin' cover track videos for you to check out - Folsom Prison Blues and Beast of Burden. You can order her new LP directly from her website. Grab a copy before they all sell out!Photo credit: Sophia Pfister / www.sophiapfister.com Vinnie
Nothing against Harbeth but my taste and system have gravitated to what might be the polar opposite, i.e. Bastanis open baffles. Given this caveat, I must confess that their audio triumvirate really did have it all together. The system had that innate almost imperturbable tonal balance that seems to be a Harbeth trademark. My listening notes say "excellent vocals" even though I don't recall whose they were. Pete spun a Susan Tedeschi LP and another strength of the system was on display, namely full-bodied corporeal images projected well outside the speakers.
Vinnie Rossi is one of the few that always gets great sound at shows, and this time he has raised the bar. His new L2 Signature tube preamp (center) and L2 Signature power amps could do no wrong.
LP popularity shows absolutely no sign of waning, so we're seeing more and more high-end turntables like this stunning Palmer 2.5. Listening to the newly remixed Beatles White Album, the sound was deliciously palpable.
Update: Surprise video from NYAS2018 will go live on Monday, 11/26.
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