Naim's New Integrateds
Paired with the Naim NDX network music player ($5700), which handles files up to 192kHz sampling rate; Dali Epicon 6 loudspeakers ($13,995/pair); and Naim cabling, the system delivered notably transparent, beautiful, clean and balanced sound on the "Pie Jesu" from Rutter's Requiem (in, heresy of heresies, the version conducted by Rutter rather than the ubiquitously played rendition from Reference Recordings). The enviable sense of transparency and clarity continued with "Country Sleep," a track from the band Night Beds' first album. Finally, a bootleg track from Prince delivered shockingly tight bass. All this impressive sound without high-level equipment racks, power conditioning, or room treatment = a great deal in my book.