Making Fine Music
Lou Hinkley's Daedalus Audio teamed up with an old friend, Art Audio/Gill Audio, and a new friend, Manley Labs. Showcasing the Daedalus Audio Ulysses loudspeaker ($10,950/pair), now boasting new improved internal wire, the system's dark presentation was very well delineated, with impressively three-dimensional sound. The midrange was especially mellow and inviting.
Cables were Dynamic Design interconnect ($650), speaker cables ($800), digital cable ($500), and power cords ($750). A Denon 3910 transport was used for people like me who brought their own CDs. Preamp was Art Audio/Gill Audio Designs Alana ($5000), who also supplied the Elise DAC ($6000) powered by a Squeezebox Duet. Manley Labs Model 250 power amps ($9000 each) and Furman Ref 20i power conditioning ($3500) completed the picture.