Jonathan Tinn, Kevin Malmgren and Joël Durand hosted Blue Light Audio’s and The Audio Association’s room, which was fronted by the Evolution Acoustics EXACT Series - Maestoso loudspeakers ($18,900). The darTZeel NHB-108 Model Two stereo amplifier ($44,000) and an NHB-18NS MK. II preamplifier with built-in phono stage ($44,000) powered the signal from a Wave Kinetics NVS turntable ($45,000).
Kevin's outboard cross-over was on full display, and an audiophile never grows tired of looking at that piece of electronic artwork.
Joël showcased the production version of his incredible-looking and sounding gimbaled Tosca tonearm ($15,000). The tonearm was extremely polished-looking, more so than the prototype I remember from last year.
The sound was very good, with greater dynamics and weight than one would expect from merely looking at the slim loudspeaker towers, but I think this year the room was not doing the system justice.
Early reports from audiophiles who have purchased the Tosca are very positive. I am seriously interested in the Tosca for my personal stereo system.