Doing the honors, through new and eminently review-worthy Focal Scala V2 Utopia loudspeakers ($32,500/pair), were Aesthetix’s Romulus DAC/CD player ($7000), Callisto Eclipse w/remote line stage ($19,500), Io Eclipse phono stage ($15,500), and Atlas monoblock amplifiers ($15,000/pair). Playing LP, we had Clearaudio’s Master Innovation turntable ($25,000) on Everest Stand ($12,000) with new Accu Drive battery power supply ($2500), Statement clamp ($1000), Outer Limit peripheral ring ($1350) and, finally Goldfinger Statement phono cartridge ($15,000). Add in a Graham Engineering Phantom II Supreme 10” tonearm ($7000), and you’ve just dropped, along with the needle, $63,850 on the turntable end of things.
It’s essential not to overlook three other main contributors to the sound: the new Critical Mass Soto Voce audio rack ($7000), a complete array of Nordost Valhalla 2 audio cables ($112,500), and a complete Nordost QRT power treatment system ($10,900). Expensive? Yes. Heavenly sounding? Absolutely!