Our last AXPONA 2024 report: Playback Distribution, Amphion, Esoteric, Quadraspire, and Esprit

In the room opposite its smaller system, Playback Distribution presented Amphion Krypton3x White floorstanding speakers ($24,000/pair) driven by Esoteric’s F-12 class-A integrated amplifier ($18,000) and N-01XD-SE network streamer ($22,000).

A fairly inexpensive Quadraspire rack and Esprit power conditioning and cables completed a system that on Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” replicated her voice beautifully and delivered a generous helping of her characteristic breathy vocals. Treble and bass were well-integrated in a system that excelled in transmitting intimacy as well as the big picture.

Tidal’s MQA stream of “Kiss the Cloud,” from Yello’s Toy, was lots of fun—the system ably conveyed the ambience of this electro-pop gem—and the plentiful bass seemed balanced with everything above it. I wish I could have stayed longer.