KT Audio: Visually Dazzling
"Whoa!" said self to self upon entering the KT Audio Imports room. This display is so dazzling, how can I begin to take it all in?
Arrayed before me were the Triangle Art Referent turntable ($13,990); GamuT CD3 ($6500); NAT Audio Magma 160W amplifiers ($45,000/pair), Symmetrical dual balanced preamplifier ($8700), Signature battery phono stage ($7800); Eventus Audio Nebula loudspeakers ($65,000/pair), and Wireworld cabling. Not playing were the Triangle Art Signature turntable ($9990), NAT Single Integrated ($7800), and NAT Magnastotat battery preamplifier ($17,490). Some of this, as well as two other Eventus loudspeakers, was off to the side.
Surprisingly, a cut from the Billie Holiday LP, Songs for Distingué Lovers, sounded too bright, the equally classic recording of Bruno Walter's Brahms Four sounded wirey on strings, and the bass of the large speakers overwhelmed the room and blurred detail. Tonality was far more neutral on my Rosa Passos/Ron Carter CD from Chesky Records, with a lovely warmth replacing the hard edge heard on vinyl.