Physical Sound from Kaiser, GTE Audio, and Fono Acustica
Perhaps the very prettiest gear of all I saw at RMAF was in the room occupied by Kaiser Acoustics, GTE Audio, and Fono Acustica. This was also the most physical sound I heard at the show; this system, more than any other I heard at RMAF, seemed to bring the musicians and instruments into the room with really impressive body and force.
Everything in the room was so foreign to me, my time spent there was a blur of luxurious equipment and that forceful sound.
I met with Kaiser’s technical director, Rainer Weber, who walked me through the system. They were using a PC front-end running Vista and the memory software player from Netherlands’ XXHighEnd with FireWire output to the Weiss Vesta where the data was converted to S/PDIF. The impressive Trinity DAC and AMP came from Germany’s GTE Audio. Speakers were the Kaiser Kawero ($65,000/pair), also made in Germany. All cables were from Spain’s Fono Acustica. Components were sitting on Stillpoints racks and platforms. There was no power conditioning or overtly obvious room treatments, but Stein Music’s Harmonizers and Magic Stones were scattered about the room.