I began my Friday with a direct assault upon one of the MOC's three atria
: expansive, beautifully lit spaces, each resembling a boulevard of swanky shops, with café seating at the center and rows of glass-fronted listening rooms on the farthest side. Again, the effect is not unlike an audio-centric Champs Elysée on an especially pleasant day. Times three.
First stop was Dali Acoustics, where the sound of a mandolinit was Steve Strauss's "Jennie Mae"led me toward Dali's floorstanding Rubicon 8 (2399/pair, seen on the far left in the photo above).