CES & THE Show 2013 TABlog
I can always count on great sound and music in the EAR room, with Tim de Paravicini and US distributor Dan Meinwald spinning LPs and hard drives. This year I was looking forward to hearing the production model of EAR's SACD player, which I heard in prototype form at last year's CES. Unfortunately, UPS sent the unit astray, and Dan substituted the EAR Acute DAC ($6575) in its place. But it was the sound of vinyl on the EAR Disc Master turntable ($28,000), with two Helius Omega tonearms ($3100 each) and Dynavector XV-1s phono cartridges ($5450 each) that stole the show. Marten's new Django L speakers ($9000 per pair) driven by an EAR 890 amplifier ($8295) and EAR 912 preamplifier ($13,000), everything connected by Jorma cabling, finished off the system.
I don't need to bring vinyl to the EAR room because Dan always has lots of discs I know very well. This time, however, it was a new release that stole the show. The new Impex reissue of Thelonious Monk's Monk's Dream was one of the finest aural experiences of the show for me. Great music and a great system added up to one happy listener.
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