Audio Without Limits?
Colorado retailer Audio Limits was no exception, its large room off the Marriott’s atrium featuring Venture Ultimate Reference loudspeakers ($135,000/pair) driven by FM Acoustics 115 monoblocks ($108,200/pair), an FM Acoustics 245 preamp ($25,800), with the source either a PC laptop running XX High End software, a Weiss Jason transport ($22,7070), or a Weiss Man301 network player ($9083 without DAC), Weiss Medea+ FireWire D/A converter ($21,799). Even the rack in this room was expensive: the XXR Harmonic Resolution rack at $15,095. Cables were by FM Acoustics (I didn’t ask the price) and an Audience Adept Response conditioned the AC.
But with these very large, beautifully finished, three-way, 6-driver speakers in an appropriately large room, the system produced a tremendous full-range sweep of sound, without any hint of strain, but also managed to sound delicate on such filigree detail as the double-tracked guitar arpeggios on Dire Straits’ “Laughter After Rain.”