The speakers were partnered with B.M.C.’s physically impressive AMP M1 monoblocks ($15,580/pair), BDC1 belt-drive CD player ($5990), and DAC1 PRE DAC/preamp ($6290). Cables were from Stage III. The three-shelf equipment rack is Tandem’s Statement ($16,100). Aaudio Imports’ Brian Ackerman explained that the rack uses a mechanical-grounding design to achieve a fast, clean, solid sound. Inside each shelf is an aluminum frame, while carefully positioned pieces of wood are used to channel energy out of the system. The rack is handmade in Greece and comes in eight standard finishes, but is also available in any custom wood finish.
Listening to a sexy, guitar-driven blues track, I noted three-dimensional images that were solidly and effortlessly hung in a large soundstage, top-to-bottom clarity and control, good momentum and flow, and big dynamic swings. Cool beans.