Joseph Audio, Now Listen Here, Audio Shield, EMM Labs, and Transparent Cable

Show attendees can be gruff, show exhibitors grouchy. Add a pandemic and things can get touchy. But if there’s one man you want to see at an audio show, it’s the ever-chilled Jeff Joseph, who gets my nomination for the calmest, best natured manufacturer in high-end audio.

Jeff Joseph, AudioShield, Now Listen Here, and Transparent Cable brought to the Capital Audiofest the VPI HW-40 Turntable ($20,000), VPI phono preamp prototype ($TBD), VPI Shyla MC ($1750) phono cartridge, EMM Labs DA2 DAC ($30,000), EMM Labs NS1 Streamer ($4500), Innuos Zen Server ($2999), EMM Labs PRE preamplifier ($25,000), EMM Labs MTRX2 monoblock amplifiers ($85,000/pair), Joseph Audio Pearl 20/20 Graphene loudspeakers ($37,999/pair), and Transparent Audio Reference Powerisloator conditioner ($7295). Transparent Audio Reference cables were used throughout the system, including Generation 6 speaker cables ($8500/pr), RCA ($3400/pr) and XLR ($6000/pr) interconnects, phono ($3400) and power cords ($2745). Digital music was Qobuz and local files streamed via an iPad.

Playing Prince’s “The Undertaker,” this rig imaged like mad, the Purple One’s wah-wahed guitar floating above the speakers like giant slices of tender fruit. Good front-to-back soundstage scaling and excellent snap, punch, and power made me listen here, now, to the max.

Anton's picture

At my age, past is prelude.

Great music choice.

SeeHearInc's picture

As a 42 year and counting Prince fan (Bambi first caught my ear in high school), I am pleased to see someone other than myself using his material for demos. Which track was playing that impressed you so?

asherrick's picture

Thanks for covering our room, Ken! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Aaron Sherrick
Now Listen Here