High Water Sound’s High Mark

In a room dominated by Cessaro Horn Acoustics Chopin loudspeakers ($40,000/pair), whose tweeter reminds me of the donuts I gave up many decades ago, I found the sound on a recording of electric guitar extremely direct and realistically bright. I didn’t get the name of the blues recording that Leslie Mazer was playing on the platter, but the music was great. This wasn’t a room for those who like their sound sugar-coated, but for music lovers who want it served up straight, it was heaven.

On Saturday, I encountered a member of the Bay Area Audiophile Society—close to 10 of us flew to Southern California for T.H.E. Show—who was able to spend more time in the room, and praised the sound. I’m sorry I missed Jeffrey Catalano, whose love for music is legendary, but I did get to hear what a battery of Tron-Electric components—the Tron-Electric Discovery GT SE 300B amp ($60,000), Seven GT Line Stage ($18,000), Seven GT Phono/Stereo ($18,000), and Seven GT Phono/Mono ($18,000)—can do when paired with TW-Acustic’s GTS turntable ($12,000) and 10.5 tone arms ($5500) each, Silent Running Audio supports, Silver Circle Audio Tchaik 6 ($9500), Symposium Acoustics Super Plus speaker platforms, High Fidelity CT-1 Ultimate interconnects and speaker cables, and TelWire power cords.

What I didn’t hear may have been the least expensive part of the system, the Pure Sound A-8000 CD player ($1800). That says something about Jeffrey’s priorities.