Munich High End 2014: Day 1 Wrap-Up
In addition to the interesting Pluto turntable and tonearm from the Netherlands, Allnic's choice for source component was their own D5000 DHT digital-to-analog converter ($11,900), which uses NOS tubes and transformer coupling (below).
Vertere's Touraj Moghaddam, the founder of Roksan Engineering and inventor of the groundbreaking Xerxes turntable, brought to Munich a sample of his newest tonearm design, the Vertere SG-1, seen here on the beautiful Vertere Reference Groove turntable (below). Although the shape of its bearing housing suggests a unipivot, the SG-1 uses Tri-Point Articulated bearings, which are said to provide frictionless performance while preventing the sorts of unwanted movement and "chatter" that can swamp fine details.
The price has yet to be determined, although it is suggested that the SG-1 will sell for considerably less than its five-figure stablemate, the Vertere Reference tonearm.
Although I arrived too late in the day for listening, I was impressed by the appearance of the recent Twenty-series loudspeakers from Britain's PMC, an Oscar-winning companyliterallywhose work in film and television puts them on a par with those firms whose BBC-commissioned monitors remain popular among today's audiophiles. Seen above are, left to right, PMC's Twenty-21, Twenty-23, Twenty-22, and Twenty-24.