Grand Prix Monza Rack, Apertura Enigma MKII Speakers, Kuzma Tonearm, Fuuga Cartridge

Something really cool happened in the room shared by Grand Prix Audio of the US and Apertura Audio of France. For the first time, I witnessed a rack/support comparison that confirmed for me the importance of both for optimal system performance.

Using a basic Quadraspire rack and Grand Prix Audio's prototype Monza rack ($18,500), along with Grand Prix's new and larger Apex XL feet (included with the Monza rack, $1000/set of three for those under gear), Grand Prix's Alvin Lloyd moved a CH Precision P1 phono stage from the Quadraspire to his forthcoming rack while playing Count Basie's "Bluesville" on the Grand Prix Monaco v2.0 turntable ($37,500) with Kuzma arm (£8950 including VAT) and Fuuga cartridge (€7200 plus VAT). Even with the Quadraspire, the timbres were lovely, the sound quite mellow. Following the switch, however, I immediately sensed more air and crispness to the sound. Layering and image size improved noticeably, the piano's low notes grew more profound, there was spaciousness for days, and I was able to hear new detail in the horn. The difference was major.

I was also quite impressed with Apertura's new flagship Enigma MKII speakers (€23,000/pair in standard finish, seen here). A two-way design with ribbon tweeter, a frequency range of 30-30,000Hz, ±3dB, sensitivity of 94dB, and impedance of 4 ohms, the speaker made lovely music in a system that also included CH Precision's L1, X1, and A1.5; prototype Grand Prix Monza amp stands ($6350 each), KimberKable interconnects, and Crystal Cables speaker and power cabling.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

There are several videos of Apertura Audio speakers posted online :-) .........

zimmer74's picture

Gee, Jason, with all due respect, are you serious? This is the first time you have heard a rack/support setup making a clear improvement? That is, uh, a surprising admission for an audio reviewer who so frequently covers uber-expensive equipment.

bpw's picture

More importantly, it is an admission by a manufacturer of an expensive component that the feet are substandard.