Audio Physic, Acoustic Signature, Trigon, Nordost
The system: Acoustic Signature Storm turntable ($7500, without tonearm and cartridge), Trigon Chronolog disc player/music server ($9495), Trigon Energy integrated amplifier ($4950), Creaktiv Audio 1-4 Aktiv Plus audio rack ($2200), and Audio Physic’s 25th Anniversary Avantera loudspeaker ($24,000/pair). All cabling was provided by Nordost.
The speakers were positioned with an extreme toe-in and created a wide, deep soundstage with solid, well-focused images. Despite the apparent complexity of the designReinhard Goerner lightheartedly referred to the Avantera as a “3-and-a-half-way, plus a half-way system”the presentation was smooth and seamlesseasy on the ears, easy on the mind, soothing to the soul.