Take a dCS Scarlatti digital front end ($68,000), combine it with a pair of Nagra VPA tube amplifiers ($20,000/pair, pictured), and a pair of the new Verity Audio Amadis loudspeakers ($29,995) and you'll have a pretty good-sounding system, right?
No! You'll have a great-sounding systemat least Verity Audio did at SSI 2010. Having a good-sized room certainly helped; in any case, this was one of the best-sounding systems at the show. When I was there, they were using a recording made at the Montreal Jazz Festival, played back through a hard drive-based Nagra VI six-channel digital recorder. A big, open sound, with superb clarity. The Amadis is the latest speaker from Verity, fitting into the line between the Sarastro and the Parsifal.