THE Show Newport 2013 Best of Show
Jeff Catalano of High Water Sound has chosen the lines he represents very wisely -- they work together so well that they seem created with each other in mind. Once again, the combination of Cessaro speakers, Tron electronics and a TW-Acustic turntable packed people in for extended and engaged listening -- a real rarity in the listen-and-move-on crunch of an audio show.
Cessaro Chopin speakers ($40,000/pair) displayed unrestrained dynamics and a pure, communicative midrange at the business end of a Tron Discovery GT SE 300B amp ($60,000), a Tron Seven GT line stage ($18,000) providing system control. Separate Tron stereo and mono phono stages were used: Seven GT Phono/Stereo and Stereo/Mono ($18,000 each) respectively. A Pure Sound A-8000 CD player was part of the system, but vinyl spun liberally on the TW-Acustic GTS turntable (around $12,500), a pair of TW-Acustic 10.5 tonearms ($5500 each) holding Miyajima Shilabe stereo ($3000) and Zero mono ($2000) cartridges. Interconnects, speaker cables and power cords were from High Fidelity Cables and TelWire, with a Silent Running Scuttle rack and Ohio Class XL platforms -- more High Water Sound staples -- providing rock-solid system support, especially important for getting the most out of any turntable.
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