Apex Audio

I had thought things were pretty fancy over in Musical Surroundings’ Crestone Peak room, but nothing could have prepared me for what Apex Audio had set up in the Blanca Peak:

Focal Stella Utopia EM loudspeakers ($95,000/pair); Soulution 700 monoblocks ($130,000/pair), 720 preamplifier ($45,000), 745 CD/SACD player ($80,000), 750 phono preamp ($32,500); Transrotor Tourbillon turntable ($55,000) with a Graham Phantom Supreme tonearm ($5500) and Air Tight PC-1 Supreme phono cartridge ($9000); Critical Mass Systems MAXXUM rack system/filters, 12-level ($67,800) and 4-level ($22,600); Critical Mass Systems RiZE component footers ($185 each) and loudspeaker footers ($225 each); Running Springs Audio Nikolai Reference power conditioner ($8000) and Maxim Statement power conditioner ($6100); TARA Labs Zero Gold interconnects ($15,900/pair), Omega Gold speaker cables ($24,000/pair), and Cobalt power cords ($5000 each).

I cried a little bit while typing that paragraph.

Here was one of those times when I was so overwhelmed by the price of the components in the room that I couldn’t even hear the music being played. I wish I could give you more, but I can’t. My listening notes are a joke: “With seemingly unlimited dynamics and a broad, detailed stage, the system sounded august, sophisticated, refined, dignified, expensive.”

I remind myself that this stuff exists for good reasons: It appeals to (and satisfies) some in a very serious and meaningful way; allows some to dream, others to scoff; and may even pave the way for high-performance, affordable products through trickle-down engineering.

JohnnyR's picture

The only thing that trickles down is the drivel in that statement. This makes number 4 of the continuing series of "Products You Can Never Afford" Stay tuned for even more I am sure.

So far THIS system takes the prize for total stupidity. They should put a sign out saying "Got Money? Gullible? Come on in!"

lap's picture

I'd be disappointed if there was not at least one post like yours after a report on a room like this. If your worthless post made you feel important.....well I guess that's all that matters..................to you

GeorgeHolland's picture

Was your post better? I don't see you posting anything relevant.

Malcolm02's picture

"I cried a little bit while typing that paragraph."


Cried? Makes me want to laugh.

niterunner99's picture

won't be able to afford any of them even in pre-owned prices...but i can bring some of my disc to the agent & listen in the showroom for awhile...can i?....please....