For Genesis, class-D Equals Color
Making such good sound possible was the brand new prototype Genesis SMc-1 preamplifier ($15,000), which Gary designed with assistance from Steve McCormack. The unit includes Gary's designed-from-scratch internal phono stage, which addresses tracking errors between channels of the volume control. Also responsible were the Genesis G4 loudspeakers ($45,000/pair), which are the first Genesis loudspeakers designed by Gary Koh from the ground up, without using of any of former Genesis designer Arnie Nudell's technology. The G4s include the Genesis ring-ribbon tweeter, a planar-magnetic midrange, twin titanium mid-bass couplers, and two side-firing, servo-controlled 10" woofers. Source was a Roksan Xerxes turntable with modified Magic Diamond cartridge. Not auditioned was the Genesis Muse (approx. $15,000), a due-soon music source that includes server, DAC, and internet radio, and will stream to an iPad or Android device.