Laufer Teknik Wows
In the end, however, the music's the thing. When it came to sound, whatever was playing had such a beautiful midrange, wonderful soundstage, admirably neutral tonality, and overall superior presentation of guitar and voices that it became a prime candidate for the Extremely Music Award Du Jour. And, Lord knows, it sure looked fabulous.
Doing the honors were Audio Power Labs' 50TNT 50W, class-A monoblock tube amplifiers ($47,500/pair); Laufer Teknik's The Memory Player 64 music server/recorder w/analog DAC ($17,500 base price); the Leonardo Model 8 ribbon-planar loudspeaker ($65,000 complete with flight cases and Stillpoint Ultra 5 feet); High Fidelity Cables CT-1 Ultimate interconnect ($4950/1.5m RCA pair), Ultimate speaker cable ($9300 2m pair), and Wave Guide AC conditioner ($10,000 w/8 receptacles), and, to cut things short before my fingers start to ache, five Kaplan Cable power cables, an Audio Magic Oracle 24 EMI/RFI attenuator, 13 Stillpoints Ultra 5 and 9 Ultra 5 bases ($9727 total), and 4 Music Direct Solidsteel amp stand Bs. I wish there had been time to listen some more.