Excellence from YG Acoustics, AUDiONET, and GTT

Since my focus was on new product introductions other than analog, which are being covered by Mikey Fremer on AnalogPlanet.com, all I'll say about the new Kronos Sparta turntable ($21,500) with Helena tonearm and AirTight PC-1 cartridge ($34,500 total) is that they sure sounded great in the context of the rest of GTT's system.

Listening to a 45rpm pressing of Ansermet's rendition of Falla's Three Cornered Hat, I noted rewardingly neutral sound, impressively full and tight bass, absolute silence between and around notes, a huge soundstage, and the fabulous air one associates with the best analog reproduction. Perhaps the system lacked the last degree of humanity, or perhaps I was too tired to appreciate its yin side at the end of the busiest day of the show.

Regardless, YG Acoustics Hailey loudspeakers ($42,800/pair) sounded world class through AUDiONET's DNP digital network preamplifier ($20,300) with phono preamp PAM G with EPX power supply ($20,200/combo) and AMP mono block amplifiers ($18,250/pair), all of which sang away thanks to Kubala-Sosna Elation cabling. Definitely one of the better systems at the show.