Blues singer Jimmie Lee Robinson was singing when I entered the Aaudio Imports room, his jingling spurs sounding preternaturally real on the 6’-tall Lansche Audio 7 speakers ($108,000/pair). Like the Lansche 5.1 that I reviewed in July, the 7 uses an RF-energized corona tweeter to produce clean, transparent-sounding highs. Amplification was the new Ypsilon SET100 monoblocks ($125,000/pair) with a tubed Ypsilon PST-100 Mk.II preamp and tubed VPS-100 phono preamp, these two both favorites of Mr. AnalogPlanet, Michael Fremer.
Analog source in this room was the Bergmann Sleipner air-bearing, vacuum-holddown turntable and parallel-tracking tonearm ($54,000) from Denmark, fitted with a Lyra Atlas phono cartridge. Despite its over-familiarity, Harry Belafonte’s Carnegie Hall concert on LP sounded on this system as good as I have heard.