Tone of Music Sings
I was smitten by the sound of San Francisco-based dealer and distributor Tim Nguyen's Tone of Music equipment line-up at the California Audio Show. Tim's RMAF exhibit, which featured the Simon Yorke turntables he distributes, included the Simon Yorke S10 Record Player ($19,950), Convergent Audio Technology preamplifier ($9950) and Jl2 signature amp ($19,950), and Synergistic Research cabling. The big difference was the presence of the Lansche No.3 loudspeaker from Aaudio Imports ($30,000/pair in gloss black), a 2-way with 91dB sensitivity and frequency response of 40Hz150Hz (!) ±3dB.
Once again, this system exhibited gorgeous tonality. Enhanced by the CATs' euphonic shine and air, I absolutely loved the sound of a Reference Recordings LP of Copland's Appalachian Spring. On one of Copland's Emily Dickinson songs, Marni Nixon's voice was especially beautiful. Only the sounds of a show closing kept me from staying longer.