Channel D and Joseph Draw Them In
The first time I tried to get into the Channel D room, the sound of the company’s Pure Music ($129) and Pure Vinyl ($279) software, along with their associated electronics, had drawn such a crowd that I gave up. Returning early enough on Saturday to beat the throngs of admirers, I was finally able to enjoy Stereophile’s 2010 Computer Audio Product of the Year.
Admiring the beautiful grace of presentation, as well as its spaciousness, I asked Channel D Rob Robinson what was going on. “I take RIAA out of the phono stage and put it into the software,” is more or less what he replied. He must be doing something very right, because a file of Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey” was exceedingly lovely, open and clear.
Credit, of course, is also due the Joseph Audio Pulsar loudspeakers ($7000/pair), which I thought a bit too far apart for such nearfield listening; Lynx Hilo mastering quality USB ADC/DAC ($2499), Channel D Seta Model Plus (Special Edition) phono preamplifier with analog RIAA module ($6998), Channel D Seta DAC Buffer / Transimpedance amplifier ($3499), AMG Viella V12 turntable with AMG tonearm, Zu Audio Denon DL103 Prime 2 cartridge, and Merrill Audio Veritas mono block amplifiers ($12,000/pair).