When I entered, music was already in progress in the huge darkened Madison ballroom in which AIX Records' 96/24 Blu-rays, which utilize Dolby TrueHD in both stereo and 5.1 mode, were sounding very warm and inviting. Even though German Physiks' Robert Kelly told me afterwards that his imposing German Physiks Emperor Mk.II omnidirectional loudspeakers ($400,000/pair) and Borderland speakers (center, left and right surrounds) suffered serious damage at the hands of FedEx, and although I was told the Bryston's SP-3 preamplifier/DAC ($8000) refused to transmit the bottom octave of sound [see Mark Waldrep's comment belowEd.
], the system allowed the essence of the music to come through loud and clear.
"We're headed into a new era where you can have music delivered your own way," AIX's Mark Waldrep told the assembled throng. He also claimed to have the largest collection of native hi-resolution music on the planet.
Also central to the system were an Oppo BDP-83 ($500), DH Labs cables (approx. $10,000 total), and excellent-sounding AVM 8.2 monoblocks (price unavailable), a JVC RS 67 4K upsampling 3D projector ($13,000), and Stewart Filmscreen 120" screen ($4000).