T.H.E. Show Newport 2018 Ron Report: Alma / YG / D'Agostino

Ron Resnick

Site Co-Owner, Administrator
Jan 24, 2015
Beverly Hills, CA

The physically largest room at the show went to Alex of Alma Music and Audio, in San Diego, California.



Alex put together a top-of-the-line flagship system headlined by the YG Acoustics Sonia XV Junior speakers ($189,600 per pair). The speakers were driven by two pairs of Dan D’Agostino Momentum M400s ($65,000 per pair).




The Technics SL-1000R ($17,999) fronted the vinyl playback system which also included the Dan D’Agostino Momentum Phono stage ($29,000). The line stage preamplifier was the Audio Research REF 10 ($30,000).

The power cords and speaker cables were Kubala-Sosna Realizations and the XLR interconnects were Kubala-Sosna Elations. The huge and impressive-looking Stromtank S 5000 HP hulked in the background.

Altogether this was a very elaborate, state-of-the-art, and expensive system in the biggest and best room of the show.

I was very grateful that Alex suffered the aggravation of dealing with vinyl replay. The sound was spacious and dynamic and natural. The huge room gave the system the opportunity to “breathe.”

This was without doubt one of my two favorite rooms at the show. From the comments and the conversations I overhead I think many people at the show considered this room to be the Best of Show.

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