Audience's The One ClairAudient
For T.H.E. Show, the One was part of a system with a laptop source playing lossless files, an Arcam rDAC ($495), an adorable Virtue Audio amplifier ($449), and Audience’s Conductor “e” interconnects and cables. However, when I walked into the room, the system was mated to the shiny Devialet amplifier. The sound was tuneful and rhythmically assured, with nice air around voices and cymbals, and a lovely tone to woodwinds. The folks from Devialet seemed just as impressed.
In addition, I’ve been enjoying the construction and sound of Audience’s Conductor cables ($415/2m) in my own system, but feel that the price may seem high to younger audiophiles or those just beginning in the hobby. So I was especially happy to hear that John McDonald is considering a lower-priced version using the same materials. “I think I can do it,” he smiled happily. Awesome.