MBL Transcends Analog Tape
Speakers were the MBL 101E Mk.2 omnidirectional speakers ($70,500/pair) driven by 9011 monoblock amplifiers ($106,000/pair), both positively reviewed by Michael Fremer for this magazine in the spring of 2012. I have always loved the sound of MBL's omnidirectional Radialstrahler high-frequency drivers and I was bowled over in my first visit to this room by the purity of Joni Michell's voice and the depth and width of the orchestral backing on her 2000 remake of "Both Sides Now." But on my second visit, Jeremy played me open-reel tapes of Beatles and Led Zeppelin recordings, using a United Home Audio deck. I had never heard this familiar material sound so convincing, so magnificent, so authoritative. My best sound at the Show!