Whistle Me Up, Livingston
If there’s anything that will grab this whistler’s attention, it’s the sound of another whistler who knows what she or he is doing. Given that the first thing I heard when I set foot in the room from Pro Audio Ltd. of Tower Lakes, IL was the delightful sound of whistling on Livingston Taylor’s “Isn’t She Lovely,” I was primed for a good experience. And so it was, with the system’s genuinely lovely if somewhat light-bodied sound distinguished by a captivating sense of air that is the mark of good analog.
Pro Audio Ltd, the importer/distributor for Onda cables, Funk Firm Turntables, Audio Physic, and more was showcasing Audio Physic’s Avantera loudspeakers ($25,000/pair) driven by a Trigon Energy amplifier ($5000), Trigon Advance phono stage ($1700), Funk Firm Saffire turntable ($5000) with Funk arm ($2300), Soundsmith Hyperion cartridge ($7500), and Soundsmith phono stage ($800).
Unauditioned was another turntable, provocatively called the LSD (Little Super Deck$1995) outfitted with a Denon DL-103 cartridge. Then again, as a child of the ‘60s, I’ve had more than a taste of the real thing.