Nexxus Audio Technologies

Nexus Audio Technologies' Walter Schofield presented a rig consisting of the VPI Avenger Direct turntable with Fatboy tonearm ($36,000), VPI Shyla cartridge ($2500), and Primare R35 MM/MC phono preamp ($2000); the 432 EVO Master Music Server with Roon core endpoint ($18,000); the Primare PRE35 Prisma DM36 streaming preamplifier featuring the new DM36 advanced DAC module with MQA processing ($5250); and two Primare A35.2 stereo amplifiers ($3900 each) bridged to mono. Walter also presented the Stenheim Alumine Two.five Loudspeakers ($23,500/pair) in their North American debut, a full loom of interconnects, power cables, and speaker wire by Anticables, and a Pangea Audio Vulcan Five Shelf audio rack ($250).

Once I settled into my listening seat, there was no denying the low noise floor, musical purity, and engrossing soundstage of this mighty rig. Yuko Mabuchi’s piano trio album streamed through the room, sounding super spatial, effortless, dynamic, and natural. The speakers disappeared. Piano had weight and tone, and I could practically see the drummer’s hands as he stroked the drumheads, evincing an entirely different sound from sticks on heads. Revelatory!

mememe's picture

Reading this purple prose, I could practically smell the local farm fields after the spring fertilization.

rschryer's picture

...the soundstage. Soundstages are real in good audio.

mememe's picture

A soundstage is an aural experience, not a visual one. Using your logic, I can claim to see the details of the flames of a rocket launching that I can only hear clearly (and loudly ) in the distance. Soundstage is real but this lame support of the purple prose only intensifies the smell of the fertilized fields.

Archimago's picture

These kinds of descriptions make no sense.

The writer I suppose could have just said he could "imagine" the drummer sitting there and hitting the drums in his mind's eye. But to "practically see the drummer's hands..." do this or that is at least overly dramatic.

Anton's picture

I can practically see their spittle covered keyboards as they bang away in outrage over your evocative description.

Audiophilia is proof that you don’t necessarily have to have a life to be an audiophile.

rschryer's picture

...was evocative, Anton. Thanks, brother.

rschryer's picture

As per the originator of the audiophile hobby, J Gordon Holt, a soundstage is, "The accuracy with which a reproducing system conveys audible information about the size, shape, and acoustical characteristics of the original recording space and the placement of the performers within it."

This was said way before audio had the resolution it now has. I think Holt would freak out if he heard what we have now. I don't think it's going too far, or overly dramatic, to say that audio now is so transparent it allows us to "see" what those musicians were doing.

That has always been the whole point of our hobby — to recreate the sense that we're witnessing — hearing, seeing, feeling — the whole picture.

teched58's picture

Your statement that Gordon Holt, as important a figure as he was, was the originator of the audiophile hobby is ahistorical.

rschryer's picture

Who then?

David Harper's picture

Lets all get this straight once and for all;
The more it costs the better it must sound. Especially if it's turntables and vacuum tube amplifiers. It's an alternate reality once you understand it. I have an OPPO bluray player,a $700 Schiit Vidar amp and $700 magnepan LRS speakers and I, to, can "see the drummers hands"when listening. Wait.....HOW CAN THIS BE??????

Glotz's picture

Ignorance is a virtue, huh?

Anton's picture

Not a zero sum hobby, David.

ChrisS's picture

Hey David, mememe!

Look at that cloud!

Yeah, looks like the gentle folds of undulating pinkness of the inside of your rectum...

Glotz's picture

more lol

mememe's picture

That's it, that's all you've to say?