In room 302, and perhaps soon in a room in your home, Audio Physic Avantera Plus+ loudspeakers ($28,000/pair) kept company with a Grandinote Shinai integrated amplifier ($16,000) and Trigon Chronolog CD/DVD player and music server ($9495). Cables were Nordost Valhalla 2, and the rack a Creativ Midi Reference ($5500). The analog sourceone of many analog products I left to Michael Fremer to consider covering in his Stereophile column or on AnalogPlanet.comconsisted of an Acoustic Signature Triple X turntable with Funk FXR-II 12" tonearm ($9495 total) and unspecified cartridge.
This system had a really strong and impressive midrange. An LP of the Vienna Octet playing Beethoven's Septet in E flat Major, Op. 20 revealed that the system did a marvelous job conveying the delicacy of the instruments, the care the musicians put into their playing, and the sounds of bassoon, clarinet, and other midrange-strong winds. Despite amplification whose moderately gray colorations did not match my ideal, I greatly enjoyed the rock-solid control it brought to vintage Frank Zappa.