High End Palace Points the Way
Larry Diaz of Miami's High End Palace had put together a fine system whose sound was solid and a bit sweet. I don't know what guitar track was playing when I entered, but the combination of Reference Playback Computer Systems' Nirvana Model 8200 ($8500), Krell S-275 amplifier ($4480), Tact 2.2 XP digital preamplifier ($6800), EgglestonWorks Fountain Signature loudspeakers ($8000/pair), Stradivari No.6 power plant ($7500), and cables from Stealth Audio and Kimber was doing an excellent job of rendering the crisp slam of the electric guitar. I also admired the warmth of the midrange on Bruce Company's "Cold Rain." Peter Schneider & The Stimulators' cover of "St. James Infirmary" confirmed what a large soundstage the Egglestons throw, while a great track by Box Scaggs revealed how well the system "got the tinkly stuff" (to quote my notes).
It was a challenge to listen to the quieter "Pie Jesu" track from Rutter's Requiem over the competition from John Yurick's lovely live pianism on the landing outside and above the opened-door room, but the system sure nailed the low note on the organ for all it's worth. This system would make a lot of audiophiles very happy.