Happy Sounds? Jacintha didn't seem to be laughing her way through "Light My Fire," but the sound was definitely pleasingly smooth and solid, if a bit dry and with a grayish background. The intriguing-looking speakers were Newform Research's No Holds Barred Coaxial Ribbon LineSource ($11,400/pair). Claimed to be "the first in the world to implement a coaxial ribbon linesource configuration," they contain high-impedance, wide-dispersion, monopole ribbons.
Other components in the $25,300 system included DEQX HD-4 crossover ($5495); Oppo BDP-105 ($1199), Wyred4sound SX-500 monoblocks ($899 each), SX-1000 monoblocks ($1199 each), and m-Amp monoblocks ($4899 each); Wyred4sound music server 2TB ($2499), and four Atak Sub 12s /Crown 1000 amps ($1680 each).