No Limits to Wes Bender Studio NYC
The rest of the system was made of Viola’s Forte monoblock power amplifiers ($19,000/pair); Redpoint Audio Designs MG Special Edition turntable ($65,000), with Tri-Planar Ultimate Mk. VII-UII ($5000) and Graham Phantom II Supreme B-44 ($5999) tonearms and Dynavector DRT XV-1s ($5450) and Transfiguration Phoenix ($4250) cartridges; an Apple Macbook Pro running Channel D Pure Music software ($129); Lindemann Audio 825 disc player ($12,500); speaker cables and interconnects from Jorma Design; power cords from Brooklyn’s own Kaplan Cable; and AudioQuest’s Diamond USB cable.
The sound was well-balanced and exciting. ZZ Top’s “La Grange,” a popular cut over the weekend, showed the system could rock and snarlthe volume was turned up louder than I’d typically like, but the sound was nevertheless clean, clear, and detailed, without being harsh. Turning to a personal favorite, James Blake’s “Limit to Your Love,” showed the system had no problem controlling the low bass.