Linear Tube Audio, Daedalus, WyWires Dance—Take One

On the pretty lucky-sounding 13th floor of the Doubletree by Hilton at SEATAC, LTA and Daedalus Audio presented the larger installment of their two-room partnership. A Red Book file of Patricia Barber's "The Beat Goes On" was distinguished by lovely warmth and a very solid, all of one piece presentation.

What would "classical music" be without Fritz Reiner's Living Stereo recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade? Nowhere, apparently, since it continues to occupy the top of classical playlists in multiple rooms. Here it sprang forth most seductively in DSD. Once I'd taken a few deep breaths, I discovered a presentation dominated by a very sweet-sounding solo violin. The lower midrange wasn't as distinctly defined or as weighted as the top end, but that had no bearing on a fine presentation of the fairly recent remastering of Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco de Lucía's Friday Night Live in San Francisco.

Heard: Linear Tube Audio's MicroZOTL preamplifier (level 2) ($5750), the debut of their pre-production prototype 100Wpc monoblocks ($TBD), and forthcoming chassis-less R2R + ZOTL DAC ($TBD; above). Daedalus Audio supplied the Apollo 11 v.3 loudspeakers ($27,500+/pair; below), Small Green Computer gave us their Sonic Transporter i9 Optical Gen 2 music server ($2999+) and Sonore Signature Rendu SE Optical Network Player ($4950), and WyWires held it all together with their Diamond Series cabling and the WyWires/Daedalus Power Broker ($2495).

Kursun's picture

Patricia Barber's Companion album has excessive bass.
It is the favorite CD choice of dealers who want you to audition speakers which are lacking at the bottom end.

So if they offer you to listen to this album on their speakers, be careful!