Acoustic Sounds: Solace and Sanity
Those are the words that came to me as I began listening to the diminutive set-up in the room sponsored by Acoustic Sounds. As Eric Bibb & Needed Time made beautiful music on their Opus 3 LP, Good Stuff, I gazed at a pair of Manley Labs Snapper Monoblocks ($4250) and Stirling Broadcast LS3/5a V2 Speakers ($1695/pair) sitting on Target Audio MR 28 Speaker stands ($299), as well as a Silver Circle Audio Pure Power One 5.0 power transformer ($5000 with Vesuvius power cord). Interconnects, power cords, and loudspeaker cables were also from Silver Circle Audio.
What I couldn’t see, tucked away on a Symposium Acoustics Isis Rack ($4799 with options), were the new Sutherland battery-powered Ph3D phono preamp ($1000) Sutherland Direct Line Stage ($3000), Funk Firm Vector Turntable with MK3 tonearm (RB300) Incognito Wired ($2099), and Lyra Dorian Phono Cartridge ($749). That, I realize, is quite a list. (Thank goodness most of my blog entries are less detailed). But from it all came some lovely sound that I would think would encourage a lot of listeners to settle into a comfortable chair and forget about everything except the music.