Don't even think about the juxtaposition of so-called "modern art" with the kitsch figurines of Nipper and the parrot. Instead gaze upon the Classic Audio T1.3 Reference loudspeakers ($36,500), shown here with Classic's John Wolff. The T1.3 uses two 15" woofers , a TAD compression-loaded tweeter, and the jewel of the design, a 4" compression-loaded midrange dome feeding a Tractrix-flare horn designed by Bruce Edgar. All the drive-units are energized by field-coil magnets rather than permanent magnets. The rest of the system comprised Atma-Sphere MA-60 MUIII monoblocks ($6800), an Atma-Sphere MP-1 preamp ($12,100), Esoteric DU-50 CD player, Kuzma Reference table ($8900), TriPlanar arm ($4850), Van den Hul The Grasshopper cartridge, 59-cent hook-up wire, and my feeble attempts to decipher illegible handwriting. (So much for the "You don't have a sheet listing your products; you do the writing while I listen" approach). Playing the same Mahler as auditioned in the fabulous Koetsu USA room, this system certainly nailed the sound of the cymbals.

Al Marcy's picture

Once upon a time ... I put music on my system and danced after work. Now, I just snap my fingers, sometimes.

Jon Iverson's picture

Probably should note that while on a continual search for new music, the sheer volume of new (and mostly marginal) stuff out there demands some descretion - there's just not enough time in the day to check it all out.

Stu Gatz's picture

I will get a pair for my office

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Oops. John chose his own photo that doesn't show the so-called modern art on the wall. I wouldn't bother to try to visualize it; there are better uses for your imagination.

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

In all fairness, I'm hoping the horrid abstract painting and decorative panel came with the hotel. But if they didn't, gaaah!